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Portumna 2-24 De La Salle 1-08

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 22:40

Damien Hayes rattles in his second goal for the 2009 champions Portumna team and officials celebrate on the hallowed turf of Croke Park
Damien Hayes rattles in his second goal for the 2009 champions Portumna team and officials celebrate on the hallowed turf of Croke Park

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Portumna were just too good for an out of sorts De La Salle side in the AIB GAA All Ireland Club hurling final and ran out comprehensive winners by 19 points.

Two goals from Damien Hayes and nine points from the Joe Canning set the Galway side on their way, but in truth they never had to get out of first gear against the Waterford and Munster champions.

On a lovely spring day at GAA Headquarters, the game was a pedestrian affair, with De La Salle clearly nervous from the outset. Their inside forward line had a torrid afternoon against the tight marking Portumna defence, and when attacks were broken up, the Galwaymen broke up the field with intent, and like knife through butter, Damien Hayes was at the end of flowing moves to score his two goals.

In fairness, De La Salle's cause wasn't helped when forwards Lee Hayes and Derek McGrath had to leave the field after picking up injuries.

After 20 minutes, Portumna were 1-07 to 0-01 ahead, and the game was effectively over as a contest. De La Salle's indiscipline out the field cost them dearly, and with Joe Canning's radar working to aplomb from 65s and sideline cuts, they paid a heavy price on the scoreboard.

When Hayes added his second goal two minutes before the break, Croke Park's own 'St Patrick's Day Massacre' was now in full view - in glorious technicolour if you were from Portumna .

De La Salle were awarded a penalty just before the break, but Stevie Brenner's shot was tipped over the bar by Portumna custodian Ivan Canning.

The second half offered more of the same, in spite of Paudi Nevin finding the net for De La Salle after a period of ping pong in the Portumna goalmouth.

Tipperary native, Micháel Ryan, Andrew Smith, David Canning and Kevin Hayes also found the range for Portumna, as the game resembled a training session close to the finish.

John Mullane tried hard for De La Salle, but never got a chance to run at the opposing defence, and his point near the end, received a ripple of applause from the De La Salle faithful in the crowd.

James Quirke, Darren Russell and Thomas Kearney also toiled gallantly for the Deise club side.

Portumna's victory margin was well merited with 11 of their players getting on the scoresheet, as the club won their third Tommy Moore Cup in four years.