Portumna still on form

Conor Ryan of Kiltormer  and Ross Bennis of Liam Mellows in action from the Stone Crushing & Recycling Ltd Senior Hurling Championship at Kenny Park, Athenry on Sunday. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Conor Ryan of Kiltormer and Ross Bennis of Liam Mellows in action from the Stone Crushing & Recycling Ltd Senior Hurling Championship at Kenny Park, Athenry on Sunday. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

All Ireland champions Portumna maintained their efficient recent form when outwitting an improving Beagh on Sunday at Loughrea in the Galway Senior Hurling Championship.

Ollie Canning returned from injury in a forward role, bagging a goal which supplemented majors from Joe Canning and Leo Smith as Portumna dealt comfortably with Beagh's enthusiasm.

In the other Group B clash Athenry finally plundered a win as David Donoghue's seven-point haul ensured they survived against Turloughmore by 1-12 to 0-11.

Aidan Poinard clipped an important opening period goal, and a struggling Turlough never fully recovered from that blow.

In Group A Craughwell, who had suffered in earlier encounters, gave a vastly improved display to defeat Gort.

Inevitably Niall Healy was a key contributor, striking 11 points for Craughwell, who need a string of fortunate results in the coming weeks if they are to avoid a relegation scrap.

Liam Mellows' adequate start to the year continued at Kenny Park on Saturday as the city outfit, prompted by Aonghus Callanan, beat Kiltormer, 2-15 to 1-12.

The other Group C clash was packed with goals as Clarinbridge eventually prevailed with a 3-13 to 3-7 success over Kinvara.

In Group D goals from Eoin Fitzgerald (2 ), Ronan O'Flynn, and Jason O'Gorman assisted Castlegar, who emerged 4-15 to 3-12 victors over Killimordaly, while Loughrea shaded a tight battle with Carnmore by 1-12 to 1-10. Johnny O'Loughlin was in prolific scoring form for Loughrea, hitting 1-7, and though Carnmore rallied late, enough damage had been inflicted.

 

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