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Ballintubber beat Breaffy in Mayo SFC quarter-final

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SFC QUARTER-FINAL
Ballintubber 2-11
Breaffy 0-14

Michael Gallagher
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A TORRID battle between neighbours and rivals ended with Ballintubber booking yet another Mayo SFC semi-final spot for themselves.
The Abbeysiders, who will face Ballina Stephenites in the last four, were full value for their victory against a Breaffy team who were poor going forward.
The first half never really took off but Ballintubber didn’t care as they went to the dressing-room with a two point lead, 1-6 to 0-7.
Cillian O’Connor came back from injury to start the game and contributed a goal and a point to that tally – the goal boxed home after 24 minutes when the ball hopped in the Breaffy goalmouth.
Keelan McDonnell was the bright spark for Ballintubber and the winger looked dangerous ever time the ball came his way and Stephen O’Malley wasn’t far behind him. Breaffy had Aidan O’Shea on the edge of the square but the ball into him left a lot to be desired and he had little impact.
Breaffy’s attack wasn’t functioning, and Davitt Neary was the brightest in that department while Conor O’Shea was kicking frees to keep them in contention.
The second half illustrated all that makes Ballintubber special. After 39 minutes their midfielder Jason Gibbons was sent off and three minutes later Breaffy had pulled alongside them, but the men in red refused to yield and powered on.
The decisive score of the day arrived after 54 minutes when a flowing move involving O’Malley, Cillian O’Connor and Jack Walsh ended with Ciaran Gavin burying a goal and that was the end of the affair.
Diarmuid O’Connor’s cameo at centre-half back proved to be hugely effective for the winners and may be a sign of things to come for the former ‘Young Footballer of The Year’.
You can read the full match report and reaction in Tuesday’s edition of The Mayo News.

BALLINTUBBER
B Walsh; F Bourke, B Murphy, J Walsh; M Kelly, D O’Connor (0-1, '45), S Flannery; D McHale, J Gibbons; K McDonnell (0-2), N Geraghty, B Walsh (0-1); C O’Connor (1-4, 3fs), S O’Malley, A Plunkett.
Subs used: C Gavin (1-0), G Loftus, S Bourke, J Kerrigan.

BREAFFY
R Hennelly (0-1, 1f); O Tunney, M Dervan, J Minogue (0-1); C Beirne, M Hall, D Morrin; M Ruane, R Fadden; T O’Reilly (0-3, 1f), C O’Shea (0-3, 3fs), D Cannon; D Neary (0-3), A O’Shea, S McDermott (0-1).
Subs used: K Mulchrone, P McDermott, C Flynn (0-2, 1f), P Bourke, N Carter.

Referee: L Devenney (Ballina)

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