An Spideal narrowly lost out as Calry/St Joseph’s claimed a second Connacht junior club hurling in a row at the Connacht GAA Centre.
The defending champions led by 1-7 to 1-5 at half-time after a goal from man of the match Kevin Gilmartin just before the break cancelled out Ciarán Breathnach’s early goal for the Galway junior B team.
With the wind at their backs, Calry/St Jospeh’s started the second-half well and retained their two-point lead with Keith Raymond’s scoring keeping them ahead until Sean Ó Curraoin hit the net for the Gaeltacht side in the 38th minute to give them a one-point lead.
Corner-forward McCarthy then goaled again for the Sligo men to push them ahead once more, but after a late rally from An Spideal that drew them level with five minutes remaining, Calry wrapped up the win with two late points.
Calry/St Joseph’s: K Raymond 0-5 (2f, 2’65), K Gilmartin 1-1, E McCarthy 1-1, C Griffin 0-3, D Burke 0-2.
An Spideal: Fergal Ó Mainín 0-10 (10fs), C Breathnach 1-, S Ó Curraoin 1-0.
Calry/St. Joseph’s: C Madden; F Keown, M Larkin, N Treacy; F Coyne, L Reidy, J Kenny; R Cox, K Raymond; C Griffin, D Cox, K Gilmartin; D Burke, D Collery, E McCarthy.
An Spidéal: M Ó Duinn; D Ó Flatharata, T Ó Caoimh, P Ó Mainín; S Ó Fatharta, M Ó Curraoin, M Breathnach , S Ó Curraoin, L Ó Conghaile, P E Ó Curraoin, F Ó Curranigh, F Ó Mainín, A Ó Curraoin, C Ó hEochaidh, C Breathnach.
Subs: E Ó hEochaidh for L Ó Conghaile 36.