Hard luck to Charlestown Sarsfields who today came unstuck in extra-time in their All-Ireland Intermediate football semi-final against Cookstown Fr Rocks of Tyrone. The match was played in truly horrendous conditions at Pearse Park in Longford (never a happy hunting ground for Mayo teams, it must be said) and for long stretches it looked as if it would be Charlestown’s day.
A first half goal by Tony Mulligan helped the Mayo lads to build a substantial 1-5 to 0-3 lead at half-time and with the heavy pitch and the howling wind and rain that five-point lead looked a commanding one. The lead was down to three points with just over ten minutes to go but then a somewhat fortunate goal for the Northerners (which Mike Finnerty on Midwest said was a shot for a point that dipped wickedly in the wind and ended up in the net) levelled it up. Richie Haran fired Charlestown back in front but this point was cancelled out by Cookstown shortly before the end of normal time.
There was only one further score in the game over the course of extra-time but this priceless point was scored by Cookstown, as they claimed a 1-8 to 1-7 win. The Tyrone lads now go on to face Kerry’s Finuge in the decider at Croke Park next month.
Over in Markievicz Park today, meanwhile, Leitrim carved out a bit of history for themselves by winning their first ever FBD League title. Ceding home advantage to Sligo, Leitrim were always to the fore in this afternoon’s decider and ran out deserved three-point winners over the Magpies, on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-5 (match report from Connacht GAA – here). The photo below sums up nicely what kind of afternoon it was for the Ridge County:
Heartwarming and all as that image is, it doesn’t even come close to capturing the title of most extraordinary GAA-related photo of the weekend. This accolade surely belongs to the amazing photo below, snapped in Ballina on Saturday by the redoubtable @Maigheoforsam, of county All-Star full-back Ger Cafferkey out fundraising in the pissing rain for his local club. Star man, for sure.
Image: @Maigheoforsam via Twitter