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Safety Direct win Connacht Interfirms title 10-03-2016

Congratulations to the Safety Direct Hurling Team who won the Connacht Interfirms Final against Athenry industries last weekend on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-14. 

The Safety direct team had a strong Turloughmore presence with Sean Linnane, Conor Shaughnessy, Philip Doyle, Richard Doyle, Cian Morris & Conor Feeney all involved.

The Athenry Industries team also had a large Turloughmore presence with Michael Morris, Brian Murphy, Dara Joyce & Shane Burke.

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Back row: Martin Ahern (St.James'), Gary Hession (Annaghdown), Richard Doyle (Turloughmore), Conor Jennings (Loughrea), Liam Donoghue (Clarinbridge), Conor Feeney (Turloughmore), Sean Kilduff (Clarinbridge), Philip Doyle (Turloughmore), Shane Kavanagh (Kinvara), Jamie Blake (Tynagh Abbey-Duniry), Darren Daly (Killimordaly), Shane Donoghue (Clarinbridge).

Front Row: Kevin Hayes (Portumna), Barry Daly (Clarinbridge), Conor Shaughnessy (Turloughmore), Cian Morris (Turloughmore), Cian Hession (Mascot), Ciaran Morrissey (Clarinbridge), Sean Linnane (Turloughmore), Declan Connolly (Killimordaly), Michael Daly (Clarinbridge), Alan Ward (Sarsfields), Michael Burke (Annaghdown). 

Interfirms Hurling Connaught Final - Report

Safety Direct overcome Athenry Industries in hard fought Connacht Final

On a perfect morning for Hurling in Clarinbridge, Safety Direct and Athenry Industries battled it out in the Connacht Junior Interfirms Hurling Final.

The stakes were high with the winning side progressing straight into the All Ireland final in a fortnight. It was Athenry Industries who raced into an early lead as a Niall Morrissey free and a well finished goal from corner forward Mickey Mullins who latched onto a long delivery cancelled out two early Alan Ward frees for Safety Direct. Enda Concannon then extended the lead to 3 for the Athenry side with an angled point from the left sideline.  Safety Direct fought back however and further points from Alan Ward, Conor Shaughnessy & Conor Feeney ensured that both sides went in level at the break with the scoreline interestingly poised at 0-8 to 1-5. 

The second half ensued with an even greater level of intensity. Athenry Industries again took the lead through two long range Keith Kennedy frees and a fine Dara Joyce point from distance.  Scores were well earned in this half as both sets of backs defended with vigour, ex Galway Captain Shane Kavanagh was superb at centre back for Safety Direct while Paddy Hannon and Michael Morris were winning plenty of possession around the middle third for Athenry Industries. Barry Daly then ignited the comeback for Safety Direct who were at this stage 4 points in arrears. He shot over two well taken points and Kevin 'Chunky' Hayes now positioned at centre forward began to lead the Safety Direct attack. Shaugnessy, Sean linnane and Michael Daly all chipped in with points for Safety Direct. 

With 10 minutes remaining the game was really in the melting pot, Mickey Mullins and Daly again traded scores keeping the sides level once more. It was beginning to feel like a goal at this point would win it and it was Safety Direct who took their chance when it arose. A cross field ball from Richard Doyle was caught by Michael Daly and he blasted to the net to give Safety Direct a 3 point lead. Enda Concannon did have one last effort on goal for Athenry Industries with a 20 metre free but another ex Galway captain Liam Donoghue pulled off another save to ensure that when referee Eoin Shanughnessy blew the long whistle the victory was theirs.

The game finished on a final score line of Safety Direct 1-17, Athenry Industries 1-14.

Kilimordaly man Declan Connolly lifted the cup for Safety Direct who now face SUIR Engineering of Waterford in the All Ireland Final.

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