Late goals did the trick

Connacht Club Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final
Four Roads 3-9 Ballyhaunis 1-12

Roscommon champions Four Roads turned in a much-improved second half display to edge past Ballyhaunis in this Connacht semi-final played in Athleague on Bank Holiday Monday. Late goals from Jamie Lawlor and Johnny Coyne did the trick after a tight contest.

  Four Roads were very much off colour in the first half and a Morgan Lyons goal in the 12th minute helped Ballyhaunis into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead and at that stage the Roscommon champions looked down and out.

  But Four Roads were much better in a lively second half.  An early goal from Eamon Mulry helped cut the gap, although Ballyhaunis were always in the contest mainly due to the excellent efforts of Keith Higgins.

  It was all to play for coming towards the end of the game when Jamie Lawlor and Johnny Coyne struck two great goals to send the home side through to the final.

Four Roads: N Fallon; C Dowd, M McLoughlin, J Rogerson; S Curley, M Kelly (0-2), C Coyle; J Moran, C Dolan; E Mulry (0-1), J Lawlor (1-1), D Dolan (0-3); B Lawlor, J Coyne (1-2), A Lawlor (0-1). Subs: J Fitzmaurice for B Lawlor, J Donnelly for A Lawlor.

Ballyhaunis: M Walsh; P Healy, A Lyons, A Brennan; F Lyons, E Collins, K Kielty; P Higgins, K Higgins (0-10); B Hunt, S Griffin, M Lyons (1-1); D O’Brien, P Kielty, S Hoban (0-1). Subs: T Buckley for O’Brien, K McDermott for Griffin, A Phillips for A Lyons.

Referee: John Keane (Galway)