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Strogen saves day to end Mayo drought

Mayo 0-7 Leitrim 0-6

Published 28/01/2012 | 05:00

Mayo bridged a seven-year gap by defeating holders Leitrim in a well-contested final at the Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis.

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The hosts reigned supreme in the first half and some good points from Liam Irwin (two), Diarmuid O'Connor and Conor Finnerty put them ahead.

But a 0-4 to 0-1 lead looked insufficient, and when Leitrim got back within a point with 15 minutes left and the breeze behind them, things looked ominous for the home side.

Yet Mayo dug deep, with Joe Geraghty outstanding in defence. Yet it took a terrific save from Shane Strogen to deny Leitrim a winning goal when he stopped Conor Walsh's effort from point-blank range.

SCORERS -- Mayo: F McNamara (2f), L Irwin (1f) 0-2 each, D O'Connor, E Fadden, C Finnerty 0-1 each. Leitrim: K Glavey 0-4f, N Moore 0-2.

MAY0 -- S Strogen; S Staunton, N McLoughlin, J Murphy; D Carey, J Geraghty, J Healy; P Holmes, R Fadden; J Cox, F McNamara, D O'Connor; K Carey, L Irwin, C Finnerty. Subs: P Colleran for Finnerty, K McHugh for L Irwin (45).

LEITRIM -- T McPartland; F Donoghue, S McManus, A Sorohan; D Daly, C Reynolds, N Conboy; T Mulvey, C Walsh; A McLoughlin, C McCawley, K Glavey; P Gallagher, N Moore, M Clancy. Sub: E Madigan for A Sorohan (25).

REF -- H Beirne (Roscommon).

Irish Independent

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