Ballyea continued their remarkable run this evening, with a narrow victory over St Thomas’ of Galway. The Clare outfit had far too much class for the 2013 All-Ireland champions for the majority of the game, and will now march on to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.
Niall Deasy was tormentor-in-chief as Tony Kelly impressed yet again for Ballyea. Deasy’s second-half goal was the strike which gave them the edge, as it opened up an unassailable 12-point lead, despite a remarkable late fightback.
The physicality and the crisp hurling they implemented is not usual for February, and they were full value for a 1-19 to 2-14 win.
They will now face the winner of Cuala vs Slaughtneil in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.
Take a fair team to stop, well slicked, well organised, huge work rate. Very impressive and its not like Thomas’ are ordinary..
— Joe Troy (@TheRealJT23) February 4, 2017
— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) February 4, 2017
— Lauren Guilfoyle (@GuilfoyleLauren) February 4, 2017
are some outfit..Work-rate is outrageous #TheToughest
— Gerard Dunne (@dunners23) February 4, 2017
This is different class from Ballyea in terms of workrate. They’ve totally outfought Thomas’ #Ballyea
— Cathal Mulkere (@CotchRealtDearg) February 4, 2017
Ballyea are putting on a serious show tonight. Solid back line is giving St Thomas fuk all of a chance
— paulmclean (@polmac7) February 4, 2017
Beautiful direct hurling from Ballyea. Superb goal. They are a joy to watch. Slachtmhar, snasta, an modh díreach
— Donnchadh ÓLaoghaire (@Donnchadhol) February 4, 2017