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Ballina Stephenites cruise into Mayo SFC semi-finals



SFC Quarter-Final
Ballina Stephenites 4-13
Claremorris 0-7

Mike Finnerty

THE outcome wasn’t in doubt from an early stage as Ballina Stephenites cruised into a Mayo SFC semi-final against Ballintubber at the expense of Claremorris on Sunday afternoon.
The game was over as a contest by half-time with Ballina leading by ten points and they freewheeled to victory during the course of an uneventful second half.
Claremorris never got to the pace of the game and their cause wasn’t helped by a red card for midfielder David O’Reilly just before the interval.
First half goals from Dylan Thornton and Evan Regan meant the Stephenites were ahead by 2-6 to 0-2 at half-time with Claremorris failing to score for the final 25 minutes of the half.
Niall Heffernan’s Ballina side had stretched into a 2-12 to 0-6 lead when Frank Irwin cracked in their third goal on 54 minutes, and the rout was completed when Evan Regan netted in stoppage-time.
You can read a full report on the match and get reaction in Tuesday’s edition of The Mayo News.

Ballina Stephenites
D Clarke; R Tighe, D Tighe, J Doherty; C Boland, S Callinan, K Tighe; D Thornton (1-1, 0-1mark), F Irwin (1-3, 1f); P O’Hora, N Feeney J Irwin (0-1); C McStay (0-3), E Regan (2-3, 1f), M Birrane (0-2).
Subs used: M Murray for J Irwin; L Doherty for Feeney; C Sweeney for Thornton; C Walnutt for Birrane; R Geraghty for O’Hora.

B McGuinness; P Barry, S Walsh, D Joyce; A Butler, M Macken, R Finn; D O’Reilly, J McCormack; P Cummins, M Maloney, J Stretton; J Shaughnessy (0-6, 4fs), C Diskin (0-1), C Gill.
Subs used: A Beirne for Finn; D Fitzpatrick for Walsh; M Mullins for Gill; S Gill for Macken; C Óg Dennedy for Butler.

Referee: J Henry (Castlebar)

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