The free scoring of Brian Molloy and Davie Tierney’s first-half goal ensured Kilnadeema/Leitrim were able to fend of a late comeback from Tooreen to take the Connacht intermediate club hurling title.
Two late Kenny Feeney goals in the second-half almost saw the Mayo winners take their first Connacht title, but thanks to Molloy’s 11-point haul, the Tooreen recovery fell slightly short.
In blustery first-half conditions Tierney’s goal was all that separated the sides as Kilnadeema/Leitrim took a 1-4 to 0-4 lead in at the break.
Despite his large final tally Molloy only managed two first-half points, but he still linked up well with Tierney for their goal on eight minutes, with the former county player rattling the net from distance.
But in the second period Kilnadeema/Leitrim upped their efficiency and with Molloy and Shane Lawless – who hit three points – in better form they pulled well clear with time running out.
However, Mayo senior Feeney goaled from a close-range free late on, before he hit his second in added-time to pull Tooreen within two points, but the clock halted their spirited recovery.