Shrule Glencorrib 0-13
Eastern Gaels 1-6
A DOGGED Junior championship war of attrition ended with the men from the borderlands booking a place in the last four, but they were pushed all the way by a spirited and determined Gaels outfit.
This wasn’t the greatest game ever played, but that will make little difference to the winners who started slowly, before winning the final three quarters of the game by seven points.
In truth, Eastern Gaels’ efforts were hindered by the dismissals of both wing-backs, James Murphy and Jack Madden, for second bookable offences and Shrule-Glencorrib’s Eoin Hennelly also received similar sanction ten minutes from the end.
The first half was free-ridden with very little flow to proceedings, but three Evan Godfrey points gave the Gaels a great start. Shrule Glencorrib’s impressive corner forward Brendan Ryan got his team rolling with a point after 20 minutes and from then on they prospered. Adrian Moran came into his own in the middle of the field while Evan Cawley joined Ryan on the scoreboard.
However, Eastern Gaels hit back with a well-taken goal from Dean McGarry to leave the scores tied at the break, 1-3 to 0-6. It was all to play for in the second half but the dismissal of Murphy just before the interval was a blow to the Gaels and when Madden joined him after 43 minutes the dye was cast.
The Gaels showed great spirit to stay in the game as everything went against them but try as they might they couldn’t hold back the maroon and green tide and the men from Black River country edged clear to win by four in the end.
G Hennelly; C Bohan, J Naughton, TJ Canavan; E Reilly, J O’Dowd, N Sheridan; A Moran, C Garvey; F O’Dowd (0-1), K Ryan, E Cawley (0-4, 3f), E Hennelly, S Mellett, B Ryan (0-6, 5f)
Subs used: R Ward (0-2), D Geraghty, B Murphy, N McGhee, J Sheridan.
M Kelly; D Concannon, N Hession, P O’Gara; J Madden, H Concannon, J Murphy; E Owens, L Mannion; D Lyons, M McGarry, J Boyle; E Godfrey (0-6, 4f), D McGarry (1-0), J Jennings
Subs used: R Forde, S Glynn, C Kelly.
Referee: K Barnicle (Breaffy)
KILLALA pulled off the surprise of the weekend overcoming Swinford after extra-time in an exciting clash at Sraith Garbh.
Matty Keane, who scored 1-7, led the way for the North Mayo side who finally overcame their quarter-final hoodoo to march on to the last four.
Swinford will feel they left this game behind them, not least as they had four points either disallowed or not awarded, as they dominated possession but constantly found themselves running into swarms of Killala defenders or taking the wrong option in front of goal.
Liam Moran shot eight points for Swinford who were relegated from intermediate ranks last season.
In extra-time, Ben Stowe hit the net for Killala five minutes into the first period, edging them into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Despite losing Alex Quinn to a black card for the majority of the second period of extra-time, Killala would add further points from Keane and Herbert while Swinford could only respond with a Liam Moran free.
R Convey; M Murphy, S Prendergast, A McLoughlin; F Harte, J Ferguson, M Forkan (0-3); D Toner, S Brady; D Campbell, J Burke, J Smith (0-1); L McNicholas (0-1,1f), L Moran (0-8,7fs), N McNicholas.
Subs used: S Murphy, M McNicholas B Brennan, K McDonagh, J Lavin.
A Farrell; L Maughan, C Gilvarry, K Walsh; C McDonnell, C Gilvarry, I Quinn; B Ferguson, D Lowther; D Quinn, D Lawlor, M Long; D Herbert (0-2), A Quinn, M Keane (1-7,3fs).
Subs: S Maheady, R McGuire, B Stowe(1-0), C Donnelly.
Referee: C Burke (Hollymount-Carramore)