Joe Canning, returning after missing his first game through injury since his debut for Portumna 12 years ago, hit the winner in their hard-fought 0-16 to 1-12 win over Liam Mellows in the Galway Senior A Championship Group 2 clash at Kenny Park.
Conor Kavanagh scored a first-half goal for Liam Mellows as they led 1-10 to 0-9 but late points from Sean Heagney and Canning, who hit six, saved the day for the 2014 All-Ireland champions.
Paul Killilea and Michael Mullins bagged the goals for Gort in their 2-14 to 1-14 victory over reigning champions Sarsfields in Duggan Park.
Killilea struck early for Gort and they led 1-8 to 0-9 at half-time. Mullins scored their second goal shortly after the interval and Niall Morrissey’s penalty was in vain for the champions.
Galway forward Niall Healy hit 0-9, and a late Michael Farrell goal helped Craughwell secure their first win, as they beat Padraig Pearses 1-21 to 0-15 at Kenny Park.
Kevin Keane made it two goals in two weeks as Castlegar made it back to back wins with a 2-15 to 0-12 win over Turloughmore at Pearse Stadium. Last year’s All-Ireland winning minor Jack Coyne also found the net.
Galway senior Iarla Tannian scored a goal for Ardrahan, but Jarlath Mannion hit a hat-trick for Cappataggle in their 6-20 to 1-11 win at Duggan Park. Eanna Garvey, Mark Loughnane, and Ronan Garvey also scored goals for a rampant Cappataggle side.
Niall Keary was superb from placed ball, and his 10 points helped Loughrea to a second win of the campaign, with a 0-14 to 1-10 victory over St Thomas’ at Kenny Park.
In the B Section, Galway star Jason Flynn notched 1-11 for Tommy Larkins as they beat Moycullen 1-17 to 1-9 in Athenry, Niall Mannion netted for Moycullen. Shane Maloney, Padraig Robinson, Paul Gordon and Colm Larkin goaled in Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry’s 4-13 to 1-12 win over Kilnadeema/Leitrim.
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