Wednesday 18 October 2017

Higgins forces Mayo replay

Tooreen 1-15 Ballyhaunis 2-12

Tooreen and Ballyhaunis will face off again after their encounter finished in a draw Stock photo: Sportsfile
Tooreen and Ballyhaunis will face off again after their encounter finished in a draw Stock photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tooreen and Ballyhaunis will have to do it all again after the Mayo senior hurling championship final finished in a draw.

Dual star Keith Higgins rattled off the last five points of the game, the fifth deep in injury-time, to grab a draw for the defending champions who trailed by 1-4 to 0-8 at the break.

Although Tooreen made the early running, a Ballyhaunis goal from corner-forward, Stephen Hoban pulled them back.

However, for the remainder of the half Tooreen took control and led by a point at the half-time break.

A fine goal from Tooreen's Seán Regan, nine minutes after the restart, saw the home side extend their lead to five points.

The reigning champions refused to throw in the towel and got back into contention with a goal from substitute Tadhg Buckley.

From there to the end it was the Higgins show as the Mayo dual star scored five great points, the fifth to tie the game in the fourth minute of injury-time, and send this final to a replay.

SCORERS - Tooreen- K Feeney 0-10 (8f, 1 '65), S Regan 1-1, C Freeman, D Kenny, F Boland S Boland 0-1 each. Ballyhaunis - K Higgins 0-6 (4f, 1 '65), S Hoban 1-2, T Buckley 1-0, B Hunt 0-3 (3f), A Phillips 0-1.

TOOREEN - D Freyne; D Huane, S Morley, A Henry; G Nolan, S Lenehan, J Freyne; C Freeman, D Kenny; F Boland, C Charlton, S Boland; K Feeney, S Regan, J Henry. Subs: S Kenny for J Henry, S Hunt for Boland.

BALLYHAUNIS - D O'Brien; A Brennan, P Healy, A Lyons; K Kiely, D Keadin, F Lyons; K McDermott, B Hunt; K Higgins, E Collins, A Phillips; P Higgins, P Kiely, S Hoban. Subs: J Lyons for McDermott, T Buckley for P Higgins, J Cribben for A Lyons, J Coyne for A Phillips.

Ref - C Collins (Lacken).

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