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Thomas Magee fires Eoghan Rua hurlers into the semis with Fullen Gaels win

Fullen Gaels 0-06 - Eoghan Rua 1-11

By Kevin Mullan

The long journey to Pairc na hEireann in Birmingham proved fruitful for Eoghan Rua, Coleraine hurlers as they beat Fullen Gaels, Manchester, 1-11 to 0-6, to reach the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior hurling championship.

Thomas Magee fired in the only goal in the second half.

The early exchanges were tight, Eoghan Rua's midfielder Ruari Mooney opening the scoring with a point in their first attack but points from Darragh O'Brien and Damien O'Grady had Fullen Gaels ahead by the 4th minute.

However, the All-Britain champions would not score again in the first half as the Eoghan Rua defence, marshalled by centre back Barry McGoldrick, held firm while the accurate Ciaran Gaile punished Gaels from frees and open play hitting an impressive five points in a row, four from frees.

A super Niall Holly point levelled before Eoghan Rua went in 0-7 to 0-2 ahead at half-time.

The Gaels did have a goal ruled out for a 'square ball' while Paddy Mullan made a brilliant save to deny another in that first half.

Playing against the stiff wind in the second half, Eoghan Rua needed to consolidate their position and they did with another brace from Gaile before Padraig O'Brien pulled one back in the 37th minute.

Barry McGoldrick pointed then minor star Magee hit the roof of the Gaels net with an unstopabble shot for a 1-10 to 0-3 lead midway through the second half.

The Coleraine men stayed well clear to set up a semi-final against the Connacht champions.

Eoghan Rua scorers: Ciaran Gaile (0-7, 0-4 frees), Thomas Magee (1-1), Niall Holly, Ruari Mooney and Barry McGoldrick (0-1 each)

Fullen Gaels scorers: Darrragh O'Brien (0-2), Padraig O'Dugain (0-2 frees), Nathan Unwin, Damien O'Grady (0-1 each)

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