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Galway's Mannion delivers man-of-the-match display in Connacht club final win

Cathal Mannion was key as Ahascragh-Fohenagh defeated Ballyhaunis today.

Cathal Mannion Galway hurler Cathal Mannion Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

2015 ALL-STAR CATHAL Mannion deliver in style on the club stage today, producing a man-of-the-match display to help his side Ahascragh-Fohenagh lift the AIB Connacht intermediate club hurling title.

The Galway senior attacker was in free-scoring form as they triumphed against Mayo’s Ballyhaunis by 2-20 to 0-13 in today’s final replay clash in Athleague.

Seven days after the drawn game had finished all square after extra-time, Ahascragh-Fohenagh made no mistake on this occasion to extend the winning sequence of Galway clubs in this competition and condemn Ballyhaunis to a fourth provincial final loss in eight years.

Mayo senior footballer Keith Higgins was in action for Ballyhaunis while Mannion was joined in the Ahascragh-Fohenagh ranks by another county senior hurler in his brother Padraig.

Padraic Mannion Galway hurler Padraig Mannion Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

It was a scoring battle between Cathal Mannion and Higgins in the first-half as both notched points with the Galway club narrowly ahead by 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval.

Keith Higgins Mayo footballer Keith Higgins Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Ahascragh-Fohenagh were 0-16 to 0-11 clear entering the finale before they put the game to bed in style with Mannion rattling the net twice in the closing ten minutes.

Ahascragh-Fohenagh will now go forward to an All-Ireland semi-final clash next January against the winners of next Saturday’s Munster intermediate club final between Waterford’s Lismore and Kerry’s Kilmoyley.

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