SFC Group 1
WESTPORT went clear at the top of the group with a comprehensive win over a Ballintubber side that lost Cillian O’Connor to a leg injury at half-time.
First half goals from Finbar McLaughlin and Lee Keegan set the homeside up to lead at half-time by 2-5 to 0-4 and they kept the Abbeysiders at arm’s length during an uneventful second half.
Ballintubber badly missed the services of injured duo Michael Plunkett and Bryan Walsh, and only scored once from play in the second half.
Westport have now scored five goals in their first two games and conceded none.
P O’Malley; E McLaughlin, R Brickenden, N McManamon (0-1); J Grady, B McDermott, Paul Lambert; L Keegan (1-0), B O’Malley; C Dawson (0-2, 2fs), F McDonagh (0-1), O McLaughlin (0-1); F McLaughlin (1-2), M Moran (0-1), Pat Lambert (0-3, 2fs).
Subs used: K Kilkelly, S Scott, L Tunney.
B Walsh; B Murphy, F Bourke, J Walsh; K McDonnell, J Geraghty, M Kelly; D O’Connor (0-2, 1f), J Gibbons; H Geraghty (0-2), C O’Connor (0-1, 1f), S Burke; C Gavin, S O’Malley (0-3, 3fs), A Plunkett.
Subs used: N Geraghty (0-1), J Finnerty, G Roache, J Mahon.
Referee: G McMahon (Davitts)
SFC Group 1
Mayo Gaels 3-10
The Neale 1-7
LAST YEAR’s Intermediate champions made amends for their first round defeat to Ballintubber with an assured nine-point victory over The Neale.
Inspired by Jack Fallon, Liam Hughes and the Gallagher brothers, John and Adam, the Gaels hit 2-8 in the second half to romp to a convincing win.
The winners missed three good goal chances in the first half, but a 16th minute John Gallagher goal meant the half-time score read: 0-5 to to 1-2.
Mayo Gaels set the tone for the second half when the impressive centre-back Liam Hughes drove through The Neale's defence and blasted home his side's second goal.
The Neale roared back into the game five minutes later when Fergal Sweeney sent a magnificent ball into Daniel Keane, who produced a class finish that put the Neale ahead for only the second time in the game.
The Gaels fought back and raised a green flag when Adam Gallagher fed Jack Fallon to fire the hosts back in front.
The homeside began to play with greater freedom and efficiency and rattled off a further eight points before the end.
The Neale — who lined out without key players like Tommy Conroy, Padraig Walsh and Aidan Sullivan — responded with just a single point from Oisín Connolly.
They are now rooted to the bottom of their group with a scoring difference of minus 38 points.
P Mannion; N Brett, L Gallagher, B Morrin; R Keane, L Hughes (1-0), S Keane, J Fallon (1-2), F Canavan; K Lynch, E Henry (0-1, 1f), A Brennan; J Jennings (0-2), J Gallagher (1-4, 2fs), Adam Gallagher (0-1).
Subs used: R Commons for Brennan (44 mins); P Prendergast for Lynch (53 mins); T Keane for Brett (60 mins), J Jordan for J Gallagher (62 mins).
C Hughes; R Varley, M Varley, D Morrin; O Warde, D Kelly, S Morrin; D Moran, S Conroy; R Hughes, Daniel Keane (1-0), J Luskin (0-2), S Cosgrave (0-4, 4fs), F Sweeney, G O'Haire.
Subs used: M Lynagh for D Morrin (6 mins, inj.); H Costello for Warde (half-time, inj.); O Connolly (0-1, 1f) for O'Haire (44 mins); K McHugh for S Morrin (51 mins), B O'Halloran for Moran (56 mins).
Referee: J Glavey (Aghamore)
SFC Group 2
THIS was a cracking game of fine flowing football, played in ideal conditions in the Saturday evening sunshine of Aghamore. In the end, the hosts had too much for their guests.
An even first half sent the sides in level at the break, 0-7 to 1-4 — Sharoize Akram netting for the visitors.
A goal thirteen minutes into the second half by man of the match, Conor Byrne, drew the sides level again, after Ballagh’ had started the second half brighter than their opponents. Three minutes later, commotion in the goalmouth saw Aghamore substitute Darren Duffy finish a move to the net after Ballagh ‘keeper Gavin Conway had saved Ross Egan’s penalty, And from then on, there was no way back for the visitors.
Cian Hanley scored their second half goal with David McBrien and Andy Moran also tacking on points.
To their credit, Ballagh' kept trying until referee Eamonn McAndrew’s final whistle and the scoreline was very harsh on their efforts.
A Byrne; C Hession, J Kelly, E Delaney; R Lyons, D Kenny, T O’Flaherty; M McNieve, E Sweeney; C Hunt, F Boland (0-7), J Lyons; C Byrne (1-5), S Óg Tighe, R Egan (1-1).
Subs used: J McNieve (0-1), D Duffy (1-0), C Harrison, L Lavin.
G Conway; K Philips, D Drake, L Connor; P Callaghan, S Cunniffe, D McBrien (0-2); D Kelly, R Lynch (0-1); A Philips, S Akram (1-0), D Forrest; C Hanley (1-0), K Callaghan (0-2), D Feeney (0-1).
Subs used: A Moran (0-2), O Jordan, O Philips, D McHugh.
Referee: E McAndrew
SFC Group 3
BREAFFY are on the brink of the quarter finals after easing to victory over Balla on home soil.
The match was billed as a much-anticipated battle between neighbouring clubs, but a fuse was never lit at any stage and Breaffy did enough to win without getting too excited.
Ballla were dealt a big blow before the game when former Mayo minor and Under-21 goalkeeper Matthew Flanagan injured his shoulder in the warm-up and had to be replaced. That seemed to unsettle the men in maroon and they trailed by 1-8 to 0-3 at the interval.
Breaffy started well and kept the foot down for the entirety of the first half. Aidan O’Shea caused all sorts of trouble at full-forward and equally so when he came out around the middle while Matthew Ruane, Dylan Cannon, Conor O’Shea, James Minogue and Robbie Fadden were also prominent.
Steven McDermott ended the half with 1-2 to his name; the goal coming direct from a ’45 after 25 minutes.
The big score they needed looked like it was about to be delivered after 44 minutes when Conor Walsh was pulled down for a penalty, but Colm Murphy’s spot-kick went inches wide of the post. In truth, that was the end of the affair and Breaffy were never troubled afterwards.
J Livingstone; K Mulchrone, M Dervan, C Beirne; J Minogue, M Hall, D Morrin; C O’Shea (0-1), R Fadden (0-2); P Bourke (0-1), M Ruane, D Cannon; T O’Reilly (0-3, 3fs), A O’Shea (0-2), S McDermott (1-3, 2fs, 1-0 ‘45)
Subs used: P Beirne, C Flynn (0-1, 1f), P Deane, C Kelly.
R McGough; H Freney, G Holian, B Freyne; C Dunleavy, G Flanagan, S Dempsey; C Golding (0-2), JP Reilly; R Fadden (0-1), J Harte (0-1), G McHale (0-3, 3f)s; V Roughneen, C Walsh, C Murphy (0-1, 1f).
Subs used: P McLoughlin, S McNicholas, M English.
Referee: L Devenney (Ballina)
IFC Group 2
A BRILLIANT second half performance saw Burrishoole storm back into a game that had looked lost at one stage, and an equaliser from Paddy Mulchrone saw them share the spoils with Ballinrobe in Newport.
Six points from Jason Doherty, including four from play, proved crucial as the home side took control in the second half having trailed by five points just after the break.
Goals from Kevin Quinn and Evan O’Brien had put Ballinrobe ahead by 2-6 to 0-7.
But Burrishoole didn't panic and kicked eight of the next nine scores in a blistering 20 minute spell to go from five points down to lead by two going into injury-time.
Ewan Duffy then rifled in a goal to put Peter Ford’s team ahead in the dying moments, but there was still time for Paddy Mulchrone to salvage a point for the locals.
S Hanley; A McDermott (0-1), P Cannon, D Drumm; D Nevin, J Sammon, D McNulty (0-1); P Chambers (0-3), M O'Malley; L McNulty, F McManamon (0-3, 1f), J Doherty (0-6, 2fs); A McManamon (0-1, 1m), P Mulchrone (0-1), A Ryder.
Subs used: J McLoughlin for A McManamon; C Breslin for McNulty; J McManamon for Sammon; C Browne for Ryder
L Jennings; E O'Malley, E Reaney, C Keane; O O'Malley, A McDonnell (0-1), S Flannery; J Murphy, JE Flannelly; K Quinn (1-0), E Duffy (1-0), J Burke; C O'Connell (0-3), D McDonnell (0-3, 2fs, 1'45), E O'Brien (1-0).
Subs used: A Flannery for Murphy; S Langan for D McDonnell; G Mellett Connolly for Keane; J Butler for Quinn.
Referee: S Tolan (Bonniconlon)
IFC Group 3
Moy Davitts 1-11
SECOND half goals from Cathal Carney and Liam Herr helped Ballyhaunis to a five point victory over Bohola Moy Davitts.
After an even first 40 minutes, a powerful 15-minute period in the second half by last year’s beaten finalists saw them blow away the home side.
The turning point came in the 41st minute when Ballyhaunis substitute Cathal Carney found the net to put Paul Jordan's side three points ahead.
Eoghan Collins and the excellent Jack Coyne added two more points to extend the lead further.
Moy Davitts were struggling to keep in touch and the game was effectively over as a contest eleven minutes from time when defender Liam Herr got forward to score a goal.
Ballyhaunis opened the game strongly racing into a four point lead after ten minutes, but a 14th minute goal from Conor Reid brought the locals back into the contest.
But they had no answer to Ballyhaunis in the second half with frees from Cian McHale keeping them in the game.
C McGlynn; T Ruane, D Ruane, D Gaughan; O McHugh, N Murphy, N Regan; J Mulderrig, M Babiarczyk; P Ruane, C Reid (1-0), J Hughes; C McHale (0-7,7fs), B Heneghan (0-4, 1f), S Mulroy.
Subs used: A Jordan for J Mulderrig; R Kenny for J Hughes.
A Philips (0-3, 3fs); M Lyons (0-1,1mark), J Coyne (0-2), D Cunnane; J Sutton, K Higgins (0-1), L Herr (1-1); K Kiely, J Carney, B Byrne; A Sloyan, E Collins(0-1), J Coyne (0-3, 3fs).
Subs used: C Carney (1-0) for A Sloyan; D Murray (0-1) for J Carney; E Phillips for Jason Coyne; C Freely for J Sutton; B Cribbin for L Herr.
Referee: D Corcoran (Islandeady)
IFC GROUP 3
Castlebar Mitchels B 0-13
CASTLEBAR MITCHELS B got their first championship win of the campaign after seeing off a testing Ardnaree challenge at Josie Munnelly Park.
It was Mitchels’ goalkeeper Barry Redmond who made all the difference, as he slotted over three crucial scores towards the end from the dead ball.
The men from North Mayo will be disappointed not to get at least a point out of what was a very evenly contested game right up until the end.
Mitchels led at half-time by 0-7 to 0-6.
The second started with the Sarsfields taking the lead for the first time through a Timlin score, and that set the tone for a nip-and-tuck second half.
John Timlin was Sarsfields’ main man up front, scoring a total of four points, with two from frees. Seaghan Duffy also finished with four points to his name, but it still wasn’t enough to topple the Mitchels men.
Castlebar now sit top of group three alongside Ballyhaunis, but for Ardnaree this defeat means they will now head into the relegation play-offs after they face Ballyhaunis in two weeks’ time.
Castlebar Mitchels B
B Redmond (0-3, 3fs); R Stakelum (0-1), R O’Malley M Dolan; M Durcan (0-2), D Conlon, E McHale; J Cunningham, R Feeney; E Hughes, B Walsh, L Ruddy; B McHale (0-4, 4fs), E Tiernan (0-2, 2fs), P Ruddy (0-1).
B Ginty; A McGinty, S Jackson, L Grant; L Jones, M Walsh, J Regan; S Timlin, R O’Malley; J Crean, J Timlin (0-4, 2fs), C Burke; N Beattie (0-1, 1f), P Timlin, S Duffy (0-4, 1f).
Referee: S Corcoran (Islandeady)
MEANWHILE, in the Mayo Junior Championship, Cill Chomáín beat Moygownagh by 8-18 to 0-3 and Ardagh overcame Kilfian by 4-14 to 0-4.