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Killererin (Galway) 2-6 Ballina Stephenites (Mayo) 1-13

Killererin (Galway) 2-6 Ballina Stephenites (Mayo) 1-13

Ballina Stephenites ended a six-year wait for their second AIB Connacht Club football championship, as a Ger Brady goal helped them overrun Galway's Killererin 1-13 to 2-6 at James Stephens Park.

The visitors relied again on the Joyce cousins for most of their scores - 1-5 - but Ballina's Brady brothers proved more than a match for them.

Padraig Joyce right-footed home a fifth minute goal, and outfoxed the Stephenites' rearguard four minutes later to dangle over a brilliant left-footed point from the right flank in a strong opening.

However, as soon as Ballina clicked into gear, with inter-county stars David Brady and Ronan McGarrity controlling centre-field, they were never headed.

Points from Paul McGarry, Liam, Ger and David Brady, man-of-the-match Enda Devenney and Stephen Hughes helped them to a 1-6 to 1-3 half-time lead.

A Patrick McHale knockdown helped Ger Brady solo into the Killererin square on 28 minutes, before lofting his shot beyond Alan Keane.

Stephenites wing-backs Devenney (0-2) and Brian Ruane pointed after Padraig Joyce had trickled a goal chance wide on the restart, with Ballina starting slowly again.

They pulled away to 1-9 to 1-3 before Nicky and Padraig Joyce replied for the Tribesmen.

Tommy Joyce offloaded for Thomas Flynn to grab a late goal for Billy Joyce's side, but the destination of the Shane McGettigan Memorial Cup was already decided.

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