Joyce’s seven points crucial

Killererin 0-12 Micheál Breathnach’s 0-10

Pádraic Joyce rolled back the years, his seven-point haul guiding Killererin into the Galway SFC semi-final against Salthill-Knocknacarra.

The 2010 champions needed a replay to get past Micheál Breathnach’s, and it looked as if extra-time would be needed to separate the sides after they were deadlocked heading into added time. However, Michael Boyle and Pádraig Joyce kicked a point each in the closing stages to send Killererin into the last four.

The sides were level at 0-5 each at half-time, Killererin finishing the opening period well with points from Shane Hughes and Damien Flaherty to pull level with the Gaeltacht men at the break.

Three points in a row from the Joyces – two from Pádraig and one from his cousin Nicky – gave Killererin the upper hand early in the second half. However, in the closing stages, Sean Denvir, Peadar Óg Ó Griofa and Eanna Ó Griallais all pointed for Micheál Breathnach’s to square up the tie nearing the full-time whistle.

But Boyle pointed from distance and Pádraig Joyce tapped over to seal the two-point win for Killererin.

KILLERERIN: A Fahy; T Flynn, D Kelly, I Reddington; D Flaherty (0-1), D Mannion, T Fahy; T Joyce, T Hughes; A Nolan, N Joyce (0-1), J Keane (0-1); S Hughes (0-1), P Joyce (0-7), M Boyle (0-1).

MICHEAL BREATHNACH’S: E Ó Coisdealbha; K. Ó Donnchú, P. T. Ó Conghaile (0-1), B. Ó Conghaile; C. Ó Griallais, S. Ó Maoileoin, A. Ó Finneadha; T. Ó Conghaile, F. Ó Curraoin; S. Ó Conaire, S. Ó Finneadha, S. Denvir (0-1); S. C. Ó Finneadha (0-1), P. Ó Cionnaith (0-5), P. Óg Ó Griofa (0-1).

Subs: E. Ó Griallais (0-1) for S. C. Ó Finneadha.

Referee: S. Hehir.


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