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Eoghan Rua blow away Ballela at Owenbeg

Ballela 0-7 Eoghan Rua 3-15

By Cahair O'Kane

In the Ulster Junior Hurling Championship final at Owenbeg yesterday, Coleraine Eoghan Rua beat Down champions Ballela by 3-15 to 0-7.

The north west side led by 2-5 to 0-4 at the break and restricted their opponents to just three points in the second-half.

Kieran Gaile landed Coleraine's first goal from a penalty and when Colm McGoldrick added a second before the break, Ballela were forced onto the back foot.

It was a position from which they never recovered as Thomas Magee put the issue beyond doubt with a third goal and with Gaile helping himself to a plethora of points from frees, the Eoghan Rua side comfortably booked their place in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Junior club series in which they will meet Manchester outfit Fullen Gaels.

Meanwhile, Tyrone and Galway will meet in the All-Ireland Masters football final following their victories over Mayo and Cavan.

The final will take place on Saturday week at a venue to be decided.

Mark Donnelly scored 1-6 as Tyrone overcame Cavan by 2-12 to 1-10.

In the Hurling/Shinty International series, Ireland joint manager Gregory O'Kane, the former Antrim ace, saw his side lose out to Scotland in Inverness.

The Irish finished on the wrong end of the 3-15 to 2-8 scoreline and are now under considerable pressure going into the second Test at Croke Park on November 21, which will be a curtain-raiser to the Ireland v Australia International Rules Test.

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