Holders Portumna have been the form team and reaffirmed their favouritism with their 2-17 to 1-13 victory over three-times All-Ireland Club winners Athenry, to ensure Portumna claimed top spot in Group D.
Portumna led 1-10 to 1-6 at the break. Goals from O’Meara and Canning in either half quelling any chance of an upset.
James Divilly’s goal had given Athenry the lead in the fifth minute but Canning’s sideline in the 17th minute brought the sides level, at 0-5 to 1-2. The champions found their stride and O’Meara’s strike sparked a landslide 1-4 without reply as Kevin Hayes gave Portumna a six-point lead. They pushed on after half-time and finished strong with Joe Canning’s goal and a point from Ollie Canning.
Meanwhile, their opponents in the quarter-finals, Loughrea, defeated Mullagh 0-24 to 1-10 in Ballinasloe.
Gort maintained their 100% record in the group stages with a 0-25 to 1-8 victory over Kilnadeema/Leitrim in Killimor yesterday. Gort will face Killimordaly in the quarter-finals. Killimordaly were 0-22 to 0-16 winners over Sarsfields in Athenry on Saturday, Brian Burke scoring 10 points.
Tommy Larkins will face Craughwell in the last eight. Larkins defeated Clarinbridge 0-22 to 0-20 last evening. Craughwell beat Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry 3-18 to 0-19 in Loughrea.
Turloughmore and Ardrahan will meet in the quarter-finals as Turlough defeated Beagh by 1-19 to 0-16 in Kenny Park. Ardrahan hammered Carnmore, 4-20 to 0-9, county star, Jonathan Glynn netting a hat-trick.