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Mayo 3-11 Sligo 0-07

Updated: Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 21:34

Mayo's Ronan McGarrity beats Sligo's Eamonn O'Hara to the ball
Mayo's Ronan McGarrity beats Sligo's Eamonn O'Hara to the ball

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Connacht champions Sligo were dethroned by a superior Mayo side in a disappointing Connacht SFC semi-final in front of 12,317 at McHale Park.

A first half penalty from Pat Harte, added to second half goals from Trevor Mortimer and substitute Aidan Kilcoyne saw the hosts comfortably through and the Yeats men resigned to the Tommy Murphy Cup.

Sligo had just two scorers on the day - Mark Breheny (0-04) and David Kelly (0-03) - while Conor Mortimer hit five points for Mayo.

Both sides resisted the urge to make late changes in personnel, which meant returning Sligo captain Noel McGuire started on the bench.

Sligo enjoyed a bright start, despite Tom Parsons opening the scoring with a neat point for the hosts.

Eanullmonn O'Hara saw an early effort drift wide after an excellent catch, while Mayo debutant Colm Boyle made a good block to deny David Kelly a score.

Their best chance came to Michael McNamara on seven minutes when he found the route to goal open up thanks to some hard grafting by Eoin McHugh. However, his decent effort was superbly saved by Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke.

Johnny Davey missed the follow-up '45', and was off target from a similar effort soon after.

In fact, Sligo had to wait until the 16th minute to open their account, thanks to a Mark Breheny free.

By that stage Mayo had begun exerting their dominance and had three points on the board, with Conor Mortimer hitting two scores.

Austin O'Malley added their fourth before McGuire was introduced to the fray. But there was little he could do to stop Mayo increasing their lead through Harte and Conor Mortimer.

Breheny and Kelly responded for Sligo, but Conor Mortimer was hauled down en route to goal after a quick Andy Moran free on the half-hour, and Harte confidently converted the penalty to leave Mayo 1-06 to 0-03 up at the break.

Mayo didn't add another point until the 24th minute of the second half, but they ended the game as a contest with goals from Trevor Mortimer and Kilcoyne – the latter just a minute after his introduction.

Sligo substitutes John McPartland and Gerry McGowan both had decent efforts on goal blocked by Mayo's Boyle and Clarke respectively, before late points from O'Malley, Kilcoyne and Conor Mortimer saw Mayo comfortably home.

Fittingly, Man of the Match Parsons rounded off the scoring with a fine point from play.

Mayo: David Clarke; Colm Boyle, Kieran Conroy, Keith Higgins; Tom Cunniffe, David Heaney, James Nallen; Ronan McGarrity (captain), Tom Parsons (0-02); Peadar Gardiner, Pat Harte (1-01, 1-0 0 pen), Trevor Mortimer (1-00); Conor Mortimer (0-05), Austin O'Malley (0-02), Andy Moran.
Subs: Aidan Kilcoyne (1-01) for Gardiner (53), Billy Joe Padden for O’Malley (64), Michael Mullins for T Mortimer (67), Mark Ronaldson for Moran (70).

Sligo: Philip Greene; Charlie Harrison, Patrick Naughton, Ross Donavan; Paul McGovern, Brendan Egan, Eoin McHugh; Eamonn O'Hara (captain), Kieran Quinn; Gary Gaughan, Michael McNamara, Brian Curran; Johnny Davey, Mark Breheny (0-04, 3f), David Kelly (0-03).
Subs: Noel McGuire for Naughton (blood sub 18), Brendan Phillips for McGovern (21), McGuire for McNamara (27), Stephen Gilmartin for Quinn (H-T), John McPartland for McHugh (45), Gerry McGowan for McPartland (55).

Referee: John Bannon (Longford).

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