Cill Chomáin 0-15
LAST year’s beaten finalists Cill Chómain powered home in the final quarter of Saturday’s Mayo Junior championship quarter-final after they were given a scare by Tourmakeady on Saturday afternoon.
Having trailed with nine minutes of a sloppy first half remaining, Cill Chómain kicked the six points either side of the interval to ease into a commanding five point lead.
However their opponents kept plugging away and they were rewarded through a Pátrick Lydon free; the same player was involved moments later as his shot was deflected to the net by a combination of Cill Chómáin limbs.
That cut the deficit to a point, but the North Mayo men steadied the ship and a Derek Moran free edged them further in front. They kicked on with points from subs Martin Geraghty (2) and Adam Conroy and a brace of brilliant points from the outstanding Eoghan McGrath.
The Gaels will face Killala in the semi-final on Saturday week next.
K Gallagher; S Mason, B Moran (0-1), L McGrath; E McGrath (0-3), D Murphy, L Mason; L Tighe, J Mason; D Walker, Darragh Murphy (0-1), J Corduff; D Moran (0-3,2fs), J Healy (0-3), M Tighe.
Subs used: J Flannery for Corduff; M Geraghty (0-3) for Walker; A Conroy (0-1) for M Tighe; S Moran for Murphy; A Mills for D Moran.
M Gibbons; J Walsh, D Walsh, S Joyce; M Carr, T Staunton, A Mulroe; D Kelly, D McConnell; A Tolan-Jennings (0-1); S Staunton (0-1), Stephen Staunton; P Lydon (1-2), M Burke (0-1, mark), K Dolan (0-2, 1mark).
Subs: M Gibbons for Mulroe; A Conroy for A Tolan-Jennings; S Burke for Stephen Staunton; A Tolan-Jennings for Lydon; O Whelan for Staunton.
LIAM JOYCE’S goal eleven minutes from the end of normal time was the key as Islandeady shook off a determined Ardagh in a Junior championship quarter-final game that was very much in the balance up to that point.
Ardagh — having trailed 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval — had reduced the deficit to just a single point within ten minutes of the restart, and with a man advantage, owing to an Islandeady black card, it looked as if the North Mayo side were on the verge of a massive win.
However, just when it looked as if they were about to upset the odds, Darragh Joyce swung over a much needed point, quickly followed by a huge score from goalkeeper Bryan O’Flaherty.
But Liam Joyce’s green flag pushed them six points clear before O’Flaherty landed his fourth score of the day with six minutes left to put the game beyond Ardagh who rallied late on but couldn’t get within touching distance.
Islandeady will meet Shrule/Glencorrib in the semi-final.
B O’Flaherty (0-4, 2fs, 2 ‘45s); T Gibbons, P Gordon, L Coyne; D O’Malley, N McCormack, L Barrett; P Collins, S Lally (0-1); P Crolan (0-1), B Gibbons, J Doyle; C Joyce, D Joyce (0-6, 1f), L Joyce (1-0).
Subs: D Gibbons for Doyle; P Corcoran for Collins; C Gallagher for D Joyce.
S Finan; D Martyn, E O’Hora, L Prichett; R McAndrew, J Cafferty, D O’Boyle; R O’Boyle, B Carr (0-4,3fs); D Farrell, S Rochford (0-4, 2fs, ‘45), D Keane; L Traynor (0-1), J Carr (0-1), S Herbert.
Subs used: D Gough for McAndrew, P Walsh for Keane, E Flanagan for Herbert.