A disappointing first-half performance proved fatal as Bredagh succumbed to Fullen Gales by eight points in their All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship semi-final in Coolock.
Critically, the Down men were forced to play against the elements in the first-half and struggled to settle against a far more physical Fullen outfit who scored an 11th minute goal when Raemonn McEntee cracked an unstoppable finish into the roof of the net. Further points from Robbie Power and Alan Morrissey ensured an emphatic 1-9 to 0-0 interval lead.
The Ulster champions enjoyed a greater degree of possession upon the restart but were far too dependent on Ian Galway for scores, his injury time goal far too late to affect the result.
Fullen Gaels: T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, E O’Brien; D Neylon, J O’Shaughnessy, C Maskey; R McEntee 1-0, S Lawless 0-1; P Duggan 0-1, R Power 0-8 (4f), S Wallace 0-1; J O’Dwyer, B Moloney, A Morrissey 0-1. Subs: A O’Neill for Moloney (22), D Maskey for Wallace (49), A Nash for Duggan.
Bredagh: J Anderson; G Murray, L McCollum, P Byrne; P Gallagher, C Hughes, W Gilmore; P Kelly, E Donnelly; E Trainor, D Hughes, L McMullan; N Irwin, M Scullin, I Galway 1-4 (1-3f, 0-1 ‘65’). Subs: S McGettrick for Murray (16), F McCamphill for Trainor (48), A Donaghy for Byrne (52), C Costello for Gallagher (60).
Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).