Athenry's Cloonan too good for Toomevara

Athenry (Galway) 3-12 Toomevara (Tipperary) 1-11

Athenry (Galway) 3-12 Toomevara (Tipperary) 1-11

Galway sharpshooter Eugene Cloonan hit 2-5 this afternoon in Ennis as he guided three-time AIB All-Ireland Club champions Athenry through to a fourth final, beating Tipperary's Toomevara 3-12 to 1-11.

The St Mary's skipper was the fulcrum of their attack throughout as the Tribesmen stepped up their bid to equal Birr's record of a quartet of titles.

Cloonan, who had earlier hit a Toomevara upright, bagged the first of his goals on 12 minutes, rounding off a four-man move for a 1-1 to 0-1 lead.

The Tipp men had little answer, and with brothers Kenny and Tommy Dunne pocketing their only points, they trailed 0-3 to 1-8 at the break.

Cloonan, from placed balls, and wily veteran Joe Rabbitte bulked up the Galway men's lead.

Toomevara skipper John O'Brien was to prove pivotal in their brief comeback on the restart as his brace, allied to a Kenny Dunne double, reduced the deficit to four.

However with O'Brien and Athenry's Diarmuid Cloonan handed straight red cards after clashing together, Toomevara were suddenly swept aside.

Eugene Cloonan grabbed a second goal before Donal Moran saw his deflected kick shot netted on 49 minutes for a 3-10 to 0-8 lead.

Padraig Hackett's 56th-minute goal cut the deficit for the Munster kingpins but it proved too late.

Billy Cauflield's victorious side now meet either Kilkenny's James Stephens or the Antrim and Ulster champions, O'Donovan Rossa on St Patrick's Day.

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