There was an upset at Markievicz Park this afternoon in the Bank of Ireland Connacht Senior Football Championship where champions Mayo were sent crashing out by Sligo in front of 15,000 people. Sligo dominated the opening 20 minutes, but Mayo finished the first half strongly. After the break, however, Sligo came out fighting and took control of the match winning by 1-13 to 1-10. Ken Kileen got the vital goal for Sligo. Mickey Moran’s Sligo will now meet Galway in the semi-final.
At Croke Park this afternoon Dublin beat Wexford 2-20 to 1-8. There was a very obvious gulf between the two teams, which became even more apparent when wing-back Paul Curran scored the opening goal for Dublin, stretching their lead to 1-5 to Wexford’s 0-4. Before Curran’s goal Wexford had only just managed to stay in touch. By half-time however, Dublin were leading 1-10 to 0-4. In the second half, Vinnie Murphy shone for Dublin, scoring a goal and two points. Also strong for Dublin were Sherlock and Gavin. A second half goal by Jason Lawlor was not enough to keep Wexford in the game.
At Ballybofey this afternoon Fermanagh beat Donegal in the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final 1-12 to 0-13. Fermanagh went into the match with the confidence of a win against Monaghan in the preliminaries. Rory Gallagher scored the goal for Fermanagh after 20 minutes, while Tony Boyle missed a penalty for Donegal. Fermanagh now meet Armagh in the next round.
Kildare will advance to a meeting with Offaly in the semi-final of the Leinster Senior Football Championship, after their win over Louth at Croke Park this afternoon. Despite the win, Kildare looked unconvincing in comparison to a committed display from Louth. Kildare upped the pace before the break and went in at half-time 0-7 0-5 up. Louth forced their way into the lead with less than twenty minutes to go. Kildare came back, however, and levelled the score at 11 points a piece. But Padraig Graven’s penalty for Kildare 29 minutes into the second half gave them the lead they needed, and the match finished Kildare 1-12 Louth 0-12.