O'Connor sinks Offaly
Published 01/08/2010 | 05:00
Mayo captain Cillian O'Connor fired three late points, as the Connacht champions claimed an All-Ireland semi-final berth, following a keenly contested game at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon.
Offaly led by a point with six minutes remaining, following a score from substitute Johnny Brickland; however, Mayo dug deep with O'Connor top-scoring with nine points.
Offaly led by 1-8 to 1-6 at the interval, thanks to a goal from captain Noel Andrew Graham; with Jack McDonnell netting for the Westerners. It was a tight affair after the restart, with the sides level on three occasions. However, Mayo struck late to book a place in their third All-Ireland semi-final in as many years.
Scorers -- Mayo: C O'Connor 0-9 (5f); J McDonnell 1-1; S Kelly, D Coen 0-2 each; Offaly: NA Graham 1-3 (3f); P Cunningham, P McPadden, S Cullen 0-2 each; J O'Connor, P Camon, J Brickland 0-1 each
Mayo: P Mannion; B Harrison, N Freeman, C Twomey; R Quirke, C Walsh, C Horan; D Kirby, S McGarry; F Durkan, M Forde, S Kelly; J McDonnell, D Coen, C O'Connor. Subs: M Regan for Horan (20); J Shaughnessy for Durkan (47); C O'Shea for McGarry (49); C Costello for McDonnell (55)
Offaly: M Carragher; C Donohoe, E Rigney, C Lowry; S Hannon, D Hogan, J O'Connor; NA Graham, D Kelly; P Cunningham, P Camon, J Flattery; P McPadden, S Cullen, B Cushen. Subs: J Brickland for Cushen (26); T Mooney for Hannon (48); J Gethings for Flattery (58)
Referee: P O'Sullivan (Kerry)