SFC Group 1
Mayo Gaels 0-10
WESTPORT continued their unbeaten run with a hard-earned win over a gallant Mayo Gaels outfit in Tourmakeady.
The winners were impressive in the first half but found themselves on the back foot for much of the second half as the Gaels threw off the shackles and were the better team for periods.
Westport were without three men familiar with the Mayo jersey for this one — Eoghan McLaughlin, Fionn McDonagh and Oisin McLaughlin — but that didn’t noticeably hinder them early on.
The blues played within themselves in the opening half but still took a five-point lead to the break, 0-8 to 0-3. They moved the ball swiftly in attack and swarmed around opponents at the other end. Gaels attempted to run the ball whenever the opportunity arose but were regularly met by a wall of Westport men who tackled like demons.
Ruairi Keane, Ronan Commons and James Jennings were brave in their attacking play, but the majority of scores arrived at the other end from Kilian Kilkelly, Pat Lambert, Brian McDermott, Mark Moran and Paul Lambert.
The Gaels had their best spell just before the break when quick-fire points from Ruairi Keane and Jack Fallon doubled the tally garnered earlier by Liam Hughes.
Pat Lambert put six between them early in the new half but then the Gaels cut loose.
They kicked five points in succession with Jennings, Ronan Commons, Liam Hughes and Bryan Morrin to the fore.
Westport needed inspiration and introduced former Mayo star Kevin Keane from the bench for his first game in almost a year. That steadied the ship and points from Kilkelly, Rory Brickenden and Conal Dawson saw them home, and into the Mayo SFC quarter-finals as group winners
P O’Malley; B McDermott (0-1), R Brickenden (0-1), N McManamon; L Tunney, L Keegan, Paul Lambert (0-1); S Scott, B O’Malley; C Dawson (0-2, 1f), M Moran (0-1), J Grady; F McLaughlin (0-1, mark), P Lambert (0-3, 2fs), K Kilkelly (0-3).
Subs used: A Kennedy, R Geraghty, K Keane, L Shevlin, R Walsh.
P Mannion; N Brett, R Keane (0-1), B Morrin; J Gallagher (0-1, 1f), L Hughes (0-1), S Keane; J Fallon (0-1), F Canavan; K Lynch, E Henry (0-2, 1 ’45), A Brennan; J Jennings (0-2, 1f), R Commons (0-1), A Gallagher (0-1).
Subs used: A Morris, P Prendergast.
Referee: M Daly (Ballyhaunis)
SFC Group 1
The Neale 1-6
BALLINTUBBER saw off The Neale by sixteen points to sail through to the quarter-finals of the Mayo SFC.
The result was never really in doubt for Ballintubber, who kept the scoreboard ticking over throughout with a confident team display.
The Abbeysiders had an eight-point lead by the 16th minute when Noel Geraghty put the ball into the net after a well-worked team goal.
Despite a strong second half finish from The Neale — who were without the services of Tommy Conroy, Seanie Cosgrove, Aidan O’Sullivan and Padraig Walsh — the South Mayo men still found themselves 1-8 to 0-4 behind.
A ray of hope shone for the injury-stricken southerners when Harry Costello raised their only green flag early in the second half.
However, disaster struck two minutes later when Diarmuid O’Connor’s ’45 slipped through the hands of The Neale goalie, Cian Hughes, and into the back of the net.
The 2019 county champions turned the screw when county man Bryan Walsh (back from injury) darted into the danger zone and sent a missile low and hard into the net.
In the face of a stiff breeze, roughly a dozen injuries and an insurmountable scoring deficit, The Neale gave a valiant display.
Fergal Sweeney – who finished with 0-5 from frees – nearly had the ball in the ‘Tubber net when he blazed a shot over the crossbar near the end.
However, a Ballintubber team without injured duo Cillian O’Connor and Michael Plunkett were already well clear by then.
Enda Gilvarry’s men progress to the quarter-finals alongside Westport while The Neale finish bottom of the group on a scoring deficit of -54 points.
F Walsh; G Loftus, B Murphy, J Walsh; M Kelly, F Bourke, H Geraghty; D McHale (0-2), J Gibbons (0-2); K McDonnell (0-2), D O’Connor (1-1), B Walsh (1-1); N Geraghty (1-1), S O’Malley (0-5, 3f), A Plunkett (0-1)
Subs used: C Gavin (0-1) for Plunkett (40 min); S Burke for B Walsh (40 mins); J Kerrigan for Murphy (46 mins); G Roache for Bourke (46 mins); J McGing for D O’Connor (58 mins).
C Hughes; M Lynagh, M Varley, R Varley; H Costello (1-0), P Molloy, S Morrin; D Kelly, R Hughes; A Flynn, F Sweeney (0-5,5fs), J Luskin (0-1); E O’Halloran, B O’Halloran, D Keane
Subs used: B Dalton for M Lynagh (10 mins); K McHugh for R Varley (40 mins); T Lynagh for E O’Halloran (54 mins).
Referee: F Flynn (Aghamore)
SFC Group 3
MAYO manager Kevin McStay was among the crowd at St Tiernan’s Park in Crossmolina as Breaffy survived a late Belmullet onslaught to qualify for the Mayo SFC quarter-finals.
Mattie Ruane produced a man of the match performance, kicking four superb points from play, to ensure that the West Mayo men racked up a third straight win to top the group.
Belmullet got off to a slow start and were 0-4 to 0-1 down when manager Liam McHale sent on Ryan O’Donoghue for his first competitive appearance since last April’s Connacht SFC quarter-final for Mayo against Galway.
Breaffy led at half-time by 0-6 to 0-3 with Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly marking his first championship appearance of the campaign with three brilliantly struck long-range place-kicks (one from a ‘45).
Breaffy looked like they would cruise to victory when they led by 0-10 to 0-4 midway through the second half, but a Fionnan Ryan goal threw Belmullet a lifeline and Ryan O’Donoghue was instrumental in their fightback.
Breaffy were four points up heading into additional time but two late points from O’Donoghue (free) and Owen McHale set up a grandstand finish as last year’s beaten county finalists laid siege to the Breaffy goal.
But Konrad Coghill’s charges held out to gain revenge for last year’s quarter-final defeat against the same opposition.
Belmullet’s championship season is now over.
R Hennelly (0-3, 2fs, ‘45); O Tunney, M Dervan, J Minogue; C Kelly, M Hall (0-1), D Morrin; C O’Shea (0-1), R Fadden; T O’Reilly (0-1), M Ruane (0-4), P McDermott (0-1); G Dunne, A O’Shea (0-1), N Carter.
Subs used: K Mulchrone, C Beirne, B Murphy, S McDermott (0-1, 1f), P Bourke.
S Kilker; D Barrett, L Howard, S O’Donoghue; D Dixon, O O’Donnell, J O’Donnell; E Ivers, F Ryan (1-0); P Cowman (0-1), C Barrett, J Kelly; E McAndrew (0-1), O Healy, R Murray.
Subs used: R O’Donoghue (0-4, 4fs), O McHale (0-1), K Conway (0-1), M Boylan.
Referee: J Glavey (Aghamore)
SFC Group 3
LATE points from Conor Diskin and James Shaughnessy propelled Claremorris into the Mayo SFC quarter-finals with a hard-fought win over Balla in Hollymount.
Diskin produced a superb display for the South Mayo men — shooting three points from play — as they racked up their second successive senior championship win for only the fifth time in 20 years.
Balla, who were chasing their first win of the campaign, pushed the winners to the pin of their collar with Ryan Fadden leading the way with five points.
A first half goal from Conor Walsh had pushed Ger Butler’s team into a 1-1 to 0-2 lead but Claremorris had wrestled control of the match by half-time, leading by 0-6 to 1-2 thanks to scores from James McCormack and Colin Gill.
The second half was a rip-roaring affair with Balla re-taking an early lead thanks to scores from Gary McHale (free) and Steven McNicholas.
The nip-and-tuck nature of the match continued from there on with Claremorris surging ahead through points from Conor Diskin and Colin Gill before Ryan Fadden drew Balla level on 47 minutes.
Kevin Beirne’s team then made a decisive burst with white flags from James McCormack (free), James Shaughnessy (who finished with six points) and Darragh Joyce leaving them 0-13 to 1-7 ahead after an hour.
Balla again gave chase and two points in succession left Claremorris nerves jangling, but Conor Diskin and James Shaughnessy stepped up to land two late scores that finally made the game safe.
Balla must now regroup for the relegation play-offs.
IFC GROUP 3
LAST year’s beaten Intermediate finalists showed all their experience to run out six points winners and book their place in the quarter-finals in Parke.
A first half goal from Morgan Lyons set Ballyhaunis on their way, and they weathered a third quarter revival from Ardnaree to maintain their unbeaten record in the group.
The winners led by four points at half-time (1-6 to 1-2), with Ronan O’Malley netting for Ardnaree.
Ballyhaunis then went five points ahead through the impressive Eoghan Collins before the Sarsfields hit four points without reply from Cathal Noone (2), Seaghan Duffy and Cian Burke to come roaring back into contention.
This left Ballyhaunis ahead by 1-7 to 1-6 after 40 minutes.
But Paul Jordan’s men never panicked with Keith Higgins, the Coyne brothers and the aforementioned Eoghan Collins all instrumental in their late push.
Points from Jason Coyne, Jack Coyne, Morgan Lyons, Danny Murray and goalkeeper
Adrian Philips (free) settled their nerves and saw them pull clear again.
Ardnaree will now head into the relegation play-offs.
IFC GROUP 3
Moy Davitts 0-14
Castlebar Mitchels B 1-10
FIVE points down midway through the second half — and needing a win to ensure progression to the quarter-finals — Moy Davitts reached down to the depths of their resolve to finally overcome Castlebar Mitchels B with the last kick of the game on Saturday afternoon.
Mayo Under-20 panellist Cian McHale was given the pressure kick in injury-time and he made no mistake, steering the ball between the uprights and denying Mitchels the draw that would have seen them into the last eight of the Intermediate championship.
It took Moy Davitts all of 22 minutes before they hit the target in the opening half but they only trailed by the minimum at the interval, 0-5 to 0-4.
The Moysiders quickly took the initiative early in the second half, but a Brian Walsh goal, followed by two Luke Ruddy points and a Ben McHale free propelled Mitchels into a five point advantage.
Moy Davitts responded with five unanswered points however and, as the minutes slipped away, it looked as if Castlebar had done enough to secure the draw they needed to progress.
That was until — under severe pressure — the defence gave away a free which McHale gratefully clipped over to secure the win.
CASTLEBAR MITCHELS B
B Redmond (0-1, 1f); R Stakelum, P Waldron, M Dolan; M Durcan (0-1), D Conlon (0-2), E McHale; J Cunningham, M Towey; E Hughes (0-2, 2fs), B Walsh (1-0), L Ruddy (0-2); B McHale (0-1, 1f), S Keane (0-1), P Ruddy.
Subs used: E Tiernan for B McHale, R Sweeney for P Ruddy, E Heneghan for L Ruddy, C Mulroy for Walsh.
C McGlynn; T Ruane, D Ruane, C Quinn (0-2), C Clarke (0-1), N Murphy, O McHugh, J Mulderrig, M Babiarczyk, P Ruane, C Reid (0-1), R Kenny (0-2), C McHale (0-6,4fs), B Heneghan (0-2), A Jordan.
Subs used: S Mulroy for McHugh, L Byrne for Babiarczyk, J Hughes for P Ruane, O Quinn for Quinn.
Referee R Gurren (Aghamore)
JFC Group 3
Kilmovee Shamrocks 0-6
THE men from Islandeady cruised into the quarter-finals of the Mayo Junior championship after a 13 points demolition-job win away to Kilmovee.
It was an impressive display all over the pitch from the visitors as they really laid down a marker from start to finish.
Darragh Joyce kicked a total of five points from the full forward position, along with Mayo0 Under-20 goalkeeper, Bryan O’Flaherty, who landed four superb points from the dead ball.
Kilmovee never got going as they only notched their first score of the game after 20 minutes and then a further two before the half-time break.
Islandeady finished the game with 13-men after two late black cards but it had no bearing on the outcome.
B O'Flaherty (0-4, 4fs); T Gibbons, P Gordon, L Coyne; D O'Malley, N McCormack, L Barrett (0-2); P Collins, S Lally; P Carolan, B Gibbons (1-1), J Doyle (0-2); C Joyce (0-1), D Joyce (0-5, 2f), L Joyce (0-1).
K Golden; R Dunleavy, L Moffatt, J Regan; C Dunleavy, T Rushe, N Moran; C Sweeney (0-3, 3fs), Cathal Horan (0-1, 1f); T Horan, G Duffy, D Dunleavy (0-1); E Duffy, J Horan, D Moran (0-1).
Referee: J Brennan (Claremorris)
JFC Group 2
TWELVE unanswered points either side of half-time was the catalyst for Swinford to top their group after beating a game Ardagh side in Bonniconlon.
The North Mayo men were 1-4 to 0-1 up after ten minutes, but 12 scores in a row left Swinford six points up early in the second half.
A hat-trick of goals from Lee Traynor kept Ardagh in the game right to the end, but 1-3 from wing back Mark Forkan drove Swinford to victory.
Ardagh would finish with 13 men after Diarmuid Farrell saw red and Stephen Rochford received a black in the closing stages.
Both teams head into the last eight now with Swinford the happier ahead of the draw.