In marked contrast to the sumptuous weather conditions in the west yesterday, it was a touch on the damp and dreary side at Fr O’Hara Park, Charlestown, this evening. On the footballing side of things, however, it was a fine evening’s work for the county’s Junior team who got the better of Sligo by 1-15 to 0-12 to advance to next week’s Connacht JFC final against Leitrim.
The final scoreline doesn’t, though, do justice to the Magpies who stuck with the home side for much of the hour. Mayo led by three with just seconds to go when Barry Kelly put the icing on the cake in fine style with a goal.
There was little between the sides in the first half and while the home team had a slight edge on the scoreboard for much of that opening period, the Yeatsmen battled back to pull level at the break. On the resumption, it was the Mayo lads who once again got their noses in front and this time they were able to maintain their lead, eventually doubling it from three to six just before the final whistle blew.
Sean McLoughlin’s charges don’t have any time to rest on their laurels after tonight’s victory. The Connacht JFC final has been fixed for this coming Wednesday (17th May) back at Fr O’Hara Park where Leitrim provide the opposition and where throw-in is set for 7pm.
Details of the Mayo team and subs involved in tonight’s semi-final are here.
Well done to the lads on a fine win.