Mayo edge out Leitrim
Mayo proved just too good for underdogs Leitrim in Cloone last night, advancing to a semi-final meeting with Roscommon on St Patrick's Day.
Leitrim got off to a bright start and took a two-point lead in the in the opening seven minutes after Kevin Conlan and Adrian Croal hit the target. But Mayo, who took the lead for the first time in the 21st minute with a Shane Nally point, went in ahead at the break, 0-7 to 0-5.
After the restart, Mayo increased their lead with a converted Alan Freeman free and a Neil Douglas point from play by the 36th minute.
Leitrim dominated quite an amount of the play after and closed the gap on Mayo to two points by the 56th minute.
After that Mayo ensured victory with points from Neil Douglas and man-of-the-match, Alan Freeman.
Scorers -- Mayo: N Douglas, A Freeman 0-4 each, S Nally, A O'Shea 0-2 each, R Geraghty 0-1, Leitrim: K Conlan, A Croal, E Ward 0-2 each, W McKeon, C McCauley, S Flanagan 0-1 each.
Mayo -- R Hennelly; P Mulchrone, S McHale, M Gallagher; L Keegan, E Reilly, S Prendergast; G McDonagh, S Nally; C Carolan, K McLoughlin, J Doherty; N Douglas, A O'Shea, A Freeman Subs: N Prenty for Carolan (36), R Geraghty for Prenty (53).
Leitrim -- P Farrelly; P Maguire, C Egan, J O'Brien; J Beirne, C McCawley, D Tiernan; K Moran, T Beirne; A Hickey, R Ward, M Beirne; K Conlan, W McKeon, A Croal. Subs: N O'Connor for Beirne (16), S McWeeney for O'Connor (28), S Flanagan for Hickey (h/t), E Mahon for Conlan (54), M Quinn for M Beirne (57).
Ref -- M Duffy (Sligo).