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Padraig Pearses defeat Knockmore for maiden Connacht club title

Jan 9, 2022 16:01 By Michael Cooke
Padraig Pearses defeat Knockmore for maiden Connacht club title Padraig Pearses defeat Knockmore for maiden Connacht club title
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Pearses will now play Leinster champions Kilmacud Crokes in the All-Ireland club football semi-final.

Padraig Pearses secured a maiden Connacht senior club football title with a 1-13 to 1-11 victory over Knockmore at James Stephens Park in Ballina.

Pat Flanagan’s men led 1-3 to 0-4 at the half-time break and the Roscommon champions held on to win by the same margin.

Padraig Pearses made the brighter start and led 1-2 to 0-1 at the first water break; Hubert Darcy finding the net from the penalty spot on three minutes.

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Knockmore improved slightly during the second quarter. The Mayo champions hit three of the next four scores but still found themselves two points down at half-time.

12 minutes into the second half, Padraig Pearses moved seven points clear thanks to a Paul Carey point; Carey hit eight points overall including five from play.

Knockmore responded by hitting 1-2 without reply before the second water break leaving two points between them; Charlie Bourke finding the net with 13 minutes remaining.

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The sides traded four points each thereafter resulting in a narrow victory for Pearses who will now play Leinster champions Kilmacud Crokes in the All-Ireland semi-final.

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