Tooreen’s early goal glut stuns Ballyhaunis

Tooreen 4-10 Ballyhaunis 1-06
Tooreen are back on top of the Mayo hurling ranks after a lapse of 10 years after they shocked defending champions Ballyhaunis at the latter’s ground yesterday.

Ballyhaunis were seeking a sixth title in-a-row but an outstanding hat-trick of goals by Kenny Feeney during the first half helped the winners to a 4-4 to 0-4 interval lead.

Captain Shane Morley dedicated the victory to the memory of former star player Adrian Freeman who died in a road accident in Australia three years ago. His brother Cathal Freeman was presented with the man of the match award.

Scorers for Tooreen: K Feeney 3-6 (3f), C Freeman 0-3, R Larkin 1-0, F Boland 0-1.

Scorers for Ballyhaunis: B Hunt 0-3, K Higgins 0-3 (2f), S Hoban 1-0,

TOOREEN: S Leneghan; C Finn, S Morley, B Delaney; S Coyne, M Morley, G Nolan; C Freeman, C Charlton; D Kenny, R Larkin, J Ganley; K Feeney, P Hunt, F Boland.

Subs: C English for B Delaney, S Boland for P Hunt.

BALLYHAUNIS: D O’Brien; A Brennan, C Kiely, D Keadin; F Lyons, H McKermitt, A Lyons; P Higgins, L Cribbin; S Hoban, T Buckley, E Collins; B Hunt, L Lyons, K Higgins.

Subs: K McDermott for L Cribbin, J Brady for T Buckley.

Referee: C Collins (Lacken).

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