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Mayo minors' chance for revenge

CORK, Galway, Tyrone and Mayo will make up the All-Ireland MFC semi-finalists after each successfully came through their respective quarter-finals over the weekend.

Mayo, beaten finalists two years ago, defeated Offaly by 1-14 to 1-12 on Saturday, with Cillian O'Connor kicking 0-9 (5f) from full-forward after Jack McDonnell's eighth-minute goal set the Connacht champions on their way. That win set up a rematch of the 2008 All-Ireland final with Tyrone who, on Saturday, made a wretched afternoon for Kerry football worse with a 2-12 to 0-9 defeat of the Kingdom.

Goals from Harry Óg Conlon and Michael Donaghy gave the Red Hands a 2-6 to 0-4 half-time lead and from there on in, Kerry failed to narrow the margin to any significant degree to trouble their opponents.

Leinster champions Longford went out in Hyde Park on Saturday after Galway pipped them by a point -- 1-10 to 1-6. Longford full-forward Robbie Smith put his team 1-14 to 0-5 ahead after 45 minutes but three points from play from Peadar Ó Griof edged Galway through.

Joining them in their semi are Cork after a dramatic injury-time victory over Armagh. A last-gasp goal from Rebel substitute Stephen O'Mahony helped Cork to a 3-11 to 0-19 win over defending champions Armagh.


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