Both Joe Canning and Andy Smith were shown straight red cards as Portumna sealed their spot in the quarter-final of the Galway SHC after a 0-12 to 0-12 draw with Athenry. Athenry had Diarmuid Cloonan and Shane Donoghue sent off during the second-half row as Johnny Kelly’s side topped their group, but are likely to have to plan without their marquee names in the next round.
In the other group match a 0-13 to 0-12 win for Tommy Larkins over Padraig Pearses saw them seal a preliminary quarter-final berth alongside Mullagh, who finished a point behind Portumna. Carnmore made it through to the last eight as the only team to retain a 100 percent record thanks to a 0-13 to 0-11 victory over Ardrahan.
The table toppers sealed the win despite playing 52 minutes with 14 men after Cathal Hynes was sent off. Goals from Brian Cunningham, Shane Maloney, and Ger Burke saw Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry take a 3-13 to 0-16 victory over Liam Mellows with both teams though to the preliminary quarter-finals.
Defending All-Ireland champions Clarinbridge are also through to the last eight after a 0-23 to 1-8 victory over Castlegar. A first-half injury-time goal from Ronan Badger and a late point from former Galway footballer Barry Cullinane was not enough for Turloughmore as they exited the championship after their 1-10 to 0-13 draw with Sarsfields.
Despite finishing on the same points as St Thomas’, the head-to-head record of the sides sees Thomas’ join Sarsfields into the last 12. A hat-trick from Richie Cummins helped Gort seal top spot in Group 4 and a 4-16 to 3-13 win over Kinvara.