Kinvara met Loughrea 10 years ago in a group SHC match.
Heading into this match, Kinvara had already played all other group matches - beating Abbey-Duniry by 2-19 to 0-13, losing to Athenry 1-15 to 2-5 and beating Beagh by 3-12 to 1-13.
This was a winners takes all match against Loughrea, with the winners heading for the knockout stages, and the losers heading for an early summer (but avoiding relegation).
Kinvara just came up short after a thrilling second half comeback. (Loughrea went all the way to the final, where they lost to Portumna 2-13 to 2-9).
The attached Connacht Tribune tells the full story..........
"LOUGHREA PRODUCE STORMING FINISH TO EDGE PAST KINVARA IN EXCITING GROUP ENCOUNTER"
Colm Callanan, Christy Helebert, Jonathon Kavanagh, Gerry McInerney, Steve Moylan, Peter Huban, Colm Burke, Shane Kavanagh, Mike Kilkelly (0-2), Anthony Byrne (1-0), David Huban (1-6, 0-5 fs), Damien Huban (0-1), Cathal Connolly, Gerry Huban (0-1), Niall Curtin.
Subs: Dara Smith (0-1) for Damien Huban.
N. Murray, T. Regan, D. McClearn, D, Melia, C. O'Reilly, N. Shaughnessy, S. Creaven, B. Mahoney, G. Keary, J. O'Loughlin (0-7, 3 fs, 1 s.l.) , V. Maher (1-2), J. Dooley (0-2), K. Colleran (1-0), E. McMahon, P. Connors.
Subs: G. kennedy for McMahon. K. Daniels (0-2) for P. Connors.
(SEE ATTACHED FILE)