Mayo and Sligo book final places
Mayo earned a place in the Connacht JFC final after a 0-13 to 1-9 win over Roscommon at Ballyhaunis yesterday.
Terence Kelly scored a goal for Roscommon on 30 minutes, but Mayo came back to level matters, 1-4 to 0-7, at the break. Back-to-back points from Michael Forde saw Mayo forge two ahead going into the last 10 minutes. Roscommon came back to narrow the gap, but Mayo held on.
They will now meet All-Ireland champions Sligo who edged out 14-man Galway in Tuam. Galway skipper and full-back Michael Comer was sent off for the Tribesmen after picking up two yellow cards and a penalty on the stroke of half-time from Vincent Frizzel gave Sligo a 1-3 to 0-3 half-time lead.
A goal from Michael Murphy drew Galway level in the second half, but Sligo full-back Johnny Martyn and James Hynes pushed Sligo two ahead midway through the half, and late scores from Hynes and Frizzel sealed a 1-10 to 1-7 win for Sligo.
Scorers -- Mayo: D Dempsey 0-4 (2f), M Conroy 0-3, M Forde, J McAndrew 0-2 each, P Collins, A Egan 0-1 each. Roscommon: T Kelly 1-2, M Reynolds 0-3 (3f), M Scally 0-2, A Feehily, C Smith 0-1 each.
MAYO -- C Campbell; T Staunton, O Feeney, J Broderick; C Boyle, F Burke, P Casey; P Collins, A Egan; M Forde, J McAndrew, S Cloherty; L Lydon, C Dempsey, M Conroy. Subs: B Leonard for Staunton, D Coen for Collins, J Madden for Egan, D Costello for Burke, P Collins for Forde.
ROSCOMMON -- M Miley; M Higgins, J Sharkey, R Brady; R Dooner, J McKeague, N Daly; P Freeman, J Connaughton; S Stenson, M Reynolds, M Scully; T Kelly, C Smith, D McDermott. Subs: A Feehily for Smith, A O'Hara for Stenson.
Ref -- S Haine (Galway).
SCORERS - Sligo: V Frizzel 1-1 (1-0pen), J Hynes 0-2, G Gaughan 0-2, A Taaffe 0-2 (1f), J Martyn, J Clarke, M Butler 0-1 each. Galway: S Donnellan 0-3f, M Murphy 1-0, T Walsh , R Hughes, P Seoighe, D Reddington 0-1 each.
Sligo - B McGovern; K Cryan, J Martyn, C Davey; M Quinn, B Curran, S McManus; M McGowan, K Byrne; J Clarke, B O'Boyle, M Butler; A Taaffe, V Frizzel, J Hynes. Subs: G Gaughan for Clarke, h-t; M Rolston for McGowan, 44; M Irwin for Taaffe, 60.
Galway - J Egan; E O'Sullivan, M Comer, A Coen; T Walsh, B Flaherty, C Hands; L Lynch, R Hughes; S Seoighe, S Donnellan, M Murphy; B Costello, A Murphy, B Og Callarin. Subs: J Glynn for Costello, h-t; P Seoighe for S Seoighe, 40; J Fair for Lynch, 46; D Reddington for Donnellan, 46.
IRELAND wound up their Fed Cup campaign on a dismal note when they crashed to a 3-0 defeat by Tunisia in the Europe-Africa Zone Group Three event in Cairo.
The only consolation following defeats by Norway and Egypt was that Ireland boss Pat Crowe was able to give Tramore's 16-year-old Sinead Lohan her first taste of Fed Cup action. She performed creditably in the first set of the opening singles rubber, but she fell to a 7-5 6-0 defeat by Abbes Nour.
The Tunisians coasted to a 2-0 lead when Ons Jabeur saw off Amy Bowtell 6-2 6-3 before Jabeur and Sonja Dagou coasted to a 6-2 6-2 success over Bowtell and Lynsey McCullough. details in factfile
PHILIP DEIGNAN is the only Irish contender, but all eyes will be on Alberto Contador when the Giro d'Italia gets under way today.
The Spaniard yesterday defended his right to compete and said there was no reason for him to withdraw despite being under investigation for doping. Contador tested positive for clenbuterol while winning the 2010 Tour de France, but was cleared by the Spanish cycling federation after he blamed the result on eating contaminated beef.
Cycling's governing body and the World Anti-Doping Agency have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). "I have been cleared and I hope that in the future there will be the same verdict," Contador said.
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