Tooreen’s tremendous journey continues.
This afternoon at Athleague – in some ways, it’s now the team’s spiritual home-from-home, so often they’ve played and won there in recent years – they won their third successive Connacht Intermediate hurling Championship title. They prevailed in this one by beating Ballinderreen of Galway by 0-21 to 0-19 in what was a cracking provincial title decider.
This was a closely contested affair, with points being traded at frequent intervals for the entire hour. Ballinderreen enjoyed the best of the early exchanges, racing into a four-point lead before the Mayo lads got going but, once they did, they roared back into the game, leading by nine points to six at the break.
They kept in front right to the finish, with Ballinderreen twice reducing the deficit to a single point, only for Tooreen to rev up again. As injury time beckoned the defending champions were four to the good and, even though this deficit was halved before the full-time whistle sounded, Tooreen had by then done enough to win the game and, with it, their third Connacht IHC title on the spin and their fifth in six years.
Match report by Kevin Egan for the GAA website is here.
In early January this year, Tooreen contested the All-Ireland IHC final, losing out in agonisingly narrow fashion to Limerick’s Monaleen. Today’s Connacht title success now sees them advance to play Munster opposition in the All-Ireland semi-final, with another Croke Park date beckoning for the terrific hurlers of Tooreen.
Huge congrats to them on this latest provincial title success and the best of luck to them in their upcoming All-Ireland semi-final.