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Westport advance to Mayo SFC semi-final



Westport 0-13
Garrymore 0-11

Mike Finnerty

WESTPORT finished with 13 men and withstood a late rally from Garrymore to book their place in the Mayo SFC semi-finals in two weeks’ time.
Man of the match Oisín McLaughlin — who shot four superb points — and Fionn McDonagh were both sent off after being booked twice midway through the second half, but Westport held their nerve to see the game out.
Garrymore had fallen four points behind when McLaughlin was dismissed in the 48th minute, but three points from frees from Darren Quinn (2) and Mark Gibbons set up a grandstand finish.
But Westport managed to pull clear again thanks to scores from the outstanding Conal Dawson (who finished with five terrific points) and Alan Kennedy (free) to book their ticket to the last four.
Darren Quinn’s free five minutes into additional time wasn’t enough to save Garrymore.
Westport led at the end of an evenly-balanced first half by 0-7 to 0-6.
The sides were level five times during that opening period, but a few brilliant scores from the aforementioned Oisin McLaughlin and Conal Dawson sent the West Mayo side in ahead.
And they managed to stay there right to the end, despite lining out without the injured Eoghan McLaughlin.

You can read a full report on the match and get reaction from the Westport camp in Tuesday's edition of The Mayo News.

P O’Malley (0-1, ‘45); L Tunney, R Brickenden, N McManamon; J Grady, B McDermott, Paul Lambert; L Keegan, B O’Malley; C Dawson (0-5, 2fs), F McDonagh, O McLaughlin (0-4); F McLaughlin, M Moran (0-1), Pat Lambert (0-1, 1f).
Subs used: K Kilkelly for F McLaughlin; K Keane for Grady (inj); S Scott for Moran; A Kennedy (0-1, 1f) for Pat Lambert.

B Lynskey; C Commins, C Crowe, P Hession (0-1); E Hession, C McGrath, S Nally; D Dolan, G Golden (0-1); C Slattery, T Nally, D Quinn (0-4, 2fs); M Connolly (0-1), M Gibbons (0-3, 3fs), A Hughes (0-1).
Subs used: J Oates for McGrath (inj).

Referee: V Neary (Bonniconlon)

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