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Galway McDonagh Sweep East Cork Aside To Win The Michael Hogan Cup

Galway McDonagh claimed victory in the second Celtic Challenge Cup final of the afternoon, defeating a dogged East Cork side.

With a 20-minute delay due to the preceding final, the pressure was ramped up in the Tullamore heat ahead of the second decider of the day, the Michael Hogan Cup between the aforementioned Rebels and Galway McDonagh.

East Cork were unlucky to see a shot rattle the crossbar in the opening stages, but it was to be Galway McDonagh who laid down a serious marker for the match with two early goals from Conor Hynes.

East Cork were in no mood to give up without a fight and while they fought to ensure that at no point was there significant daylight but between the two sides, they went in at the break behind by a scoreline of 2-08 to 0-13.

Galway McDonagh started the second half just as they had finished the first as Sean McDonagh stormed through to send his third point of the contest over the bar, before adding his fourth from a well-placed free in not long after.

Sean McDonagh

McDonagh and East Cork’s Sean Walsh traded further points in what looked like was turning into an intriguing individual battle between the two, with the losing side refusing to let it get it away from them in the opening stages of the second half.

Both sides but some wonderfully hit points over the bar in the closing stages, but Galway McDonagh always looked like they were able to see the game out by keeping East Cork at arm’s length. In the end, they claimed victory by a relatively comfortable scoreline of  2-24 to 0-19, a winning margin of eleven points.

East Cork

Attention now turns to the third final of the afternoon at Mona O’Connor Park, the William Robinson Cup clash between Galway Tribesmen and Derry.

To watch today’s three remaining finals, click the link here.

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2018 is the third year of the successful Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge. The five divisional finals will take place on Saturday, June 30th at Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore. The cups have been dedicated to the memory of Michael Hogan (24), John William Scott (14), William Robinson (11), Jerome O’Leary (10) and Michael Feery (40) – five of the victims from the fourteen people shot and killed on Bloody Sunday at Croke Park on November 21st, 1920.

The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge represents a new departure in Hurling with the inclusion of teams from all 32 Counties as well as unique respect initiatives including a ‘Pre-Match Talk’ by the referee and the ‘Best and Fairest Award’ that will see referees after every match choose one player from each team selected on the basis of their skill level as well as the respect they showed to the playing rules, match officials and their fellow players.

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