Updated at 16.20
Mount Leinster Rangers 0-11
PORTUMNA ARE THE 2014 SHC club champions following a 0-19 to 0-11 win over Mount Leinster Rangers today.
They led for the majority of the contest, establishing a 0-9 to 0-5 half-time lead, before consolidating that advantage in the second period.
Mount Leinster Rangers threatened a comeback in the second half, with points from Paul Coady and Denis Murphy bringing them back to within four points of their opponents, before they pulled away again to secure an eight-point victory.
The Carlow side started brightly with Murphy getting the first point of the game before Joe Canning responded with a strike from a free for their rivals. After points by Edward Byrne and Murphy put Mount Leinster Rangers 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, Portumna subsequently took control of the contest, hitting six unanswered scores.
Efforts from Damien Hayes and Joe Canning extended their advantage further, as they earned a four-point lead at the break.
The second half acquired a similar pattern, as the Galwegians gradually edged away from their opponents on the scoreboard.
With the score at 0-13 to 0-9, four pints from Joe Canning enabled his side to establish an insurmountable lead in the final 10 minutes, ultimately winning the game by a relatively comfortable margin of eight points.
In addition, Mount Leinster’s Edward Coady was sent off late on to complete a miserable day for the Carlow champions.
It’s Portumna’s fourth All-Ireland senior hurling club title overall, after previous wins in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They now go second with Birr’s Offaly in the overall roll of honour, just behind Kilkenny’s Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Scorers for Portumna: Joe Canning 0-10 (0-8f), Ollie Canning, Damien Hayes 0-3 each, Kevin Hayes 0-2, Ronan O’Meara 0-1.Scorers for Mount Leinster Rangers: Denis Murphy 0-5 (0-4f), Paul Coady 0-3, Edward Byrne, John Coady, Hugh Paddy O’Byrne 0-1 each.
PORTUMNA: Joe Keane; Conor O’Hare, Eugene McEntee, Gareth Heagney; Peter Smith, Martin Dolphin, Eoin Lynch; Leo Smith, Andrew Smith; Kevin Hayes, Damien Hayes, Ollie Canning; Ronan O’Meara, Joe Canning, Niall Hayes.
Subs: Owen Treacy for Peter Smith (43), Patrick Dolphin for Niall Hayes (46), Oisin Royston for O’Meara (60)
MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS: Frank Foley; Michael Doyle, Garry Doyle, Gary Kelly; Diarmuid Byrne, Richard Coady, Edward Coady; Derek Byrne, Padraig Nolan; Paul Coady, Edward Byrne, David Phelan; Denis Murphy, John Coady, Eoin Doyle.
Subs: Hugh Paddy O’Byrne for John Coady (35), Jack Murphy for Phelan (50), Willie Hickey for Doyle (56), Brian Nolan for Derek Byrne (60).
Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)