Loughrea brush aside Beagh to book their place in Galway hurling final
First-half goals from Johnny O’Loughlin and Johnny Coen break Beagh’s challenge
Stage fright seemed to take hold of Beagh, who never came close to the two-times champions, who led by ten points by half-time.
Loughrea opened out a 0-4 to 0-0 lead before Beagh got their first score in the 12th minute through a Kevin Keehan free, but the dead ball accuracy of Keary kept Loughrea clocking up the scores. He landed his fourth to make it 0-6 to 0-2 in the 19th minute and two minutes later they struck for the crucial goal from O’Loughlin.
But then Coen gathered a break to fire home Loughrea’s second goal and all but break the Beagh challenge.
LOUGHREA: N Murray; T Regan, D McClearn, E Mahony; V Maher, B Mahony (0-1), S Sweeney (0-1); E Mahony, G Keary; N Keary (0-9, 0-4 frees, 0-1 65), J Coen (1-2), P Hoban (0-1); J O’Loughlin (1-2), J Maher (0-2), J Ryan. Subs: T Hoban for Ryan (42 mins), J Dooley for Regan (55 mins), S McCormack for Keary (58 mins).
BEAGH: K O’Grady; E Tuohey, J Morris, B McGuane; PJ McAllen (0-1), R Gantley, M Geaghan; D Landers, J Divney (0-1); J Gantley, K Keehan (1-6, all frees), A Tuohey (0-2); P Landers, K Divney, P Divney (0-1). Subs: T McKeown for McAllen (56 mins).
Referee: John Keane.