St Joseph’s College 1-14
Portumna CC 1-11
ST Joseph’s College, ‘The Bish’, bridged a 46-year gap by winning the Connacht Senior B hurling title when defeating Portumna Community School on Saturday evening.
The game was played in the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis on the 3G all-weather pitch due to the unavailability of venues in Galway as a result of the heavy rain. The Bish started very strongly with Conor Elwood opening the scoring after only 40seconds. They adapted quicker to the faster surface and after only five minutes had 1-3 on the board with Portumna yet to get off the mark.
The goal came from Harry Rodgers, who showed great composure to finish cleverly to the net after being played in by Elwood. The Bish also two points from Tomas Kimble, one of which came from a free.
David Jordan (free) got Portumna’s first score from a free after ten minutes and he and Kimble traded placed balls over the next ten minutes before Jordan struck his side’s first point from play after showing real determination to dispossess a defender and firing over from near the sideline.
The Bish, playing with wind advantage, answered strongly with Elwood, Liam O’Donovan and Darren MacPeake all finding the target. wo late Kimble frees meant the winners went in 1-9 to 0-6 up at half time. Portumna upped the ante in the second half and an early score from John Fleming, coupled with another Jordan free closed the gap to four. However the city lads kept their cool and played some smart, aggressive hurling to push the lead back out to six again by the midpoint of the half.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.