GAA round-up: Corofin negotiate Fulham Irish challenge to advance to All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Moorefield
Galway football champions Corofin remained on course for another All-Ireland club final appearance on St Patrick’s Day when they overcame the challenge of London title holders Fulham Irish at an icy McGovern Park in Ruislip.
The home side had a dream start with an early goal from Marty Hughes and a pointed free from ex-Tyrone star Owen Mulligan.
But a ninth minute penalty goal from Liam Silke followed by a Colin Brady goal from open play four minutes later gave the Connacht champions a lead they never relinquished.
Fulham stayed in touch but suffered a huge blow two minutes before half time when Corofin’s Ian Burke scored his side’s third goal to give the visitors a 3-3 to 1-3 advantage at the break.
Corofin dominated the second half outscoring their opponents 0-5 to 0-1 to run in convincing winners of this All-Ireland quarter final (3-8; 1-4) to qualify for an All-Ireland semi-final clash against Kildare and Leinster champions Moorefield on Saturday, February 17. A venue for the game has yet to be announced.
Corofin last won the All-Ireland title in 2015.
The second semi-final between Nemo Rangers (Cork) and Slaughtneil (Derry) is scheduled for Portlaoise on Saturday, February 24.
A 46th minute goal from Jason Doherty helped Mayo to a 1-10 to 0-11 win over Sligo in FBD League tie in Ballina.
The game was switched from Enniscrone in West Sligo to Ballina due to the adverse weather conditions, which caused the postponement of their other scheduled game between Galway and Roscommon.
Both matches were 'dead rubbers' as Galway and Roscommon had already qualified for the final which will be played on the weekend of February 17/18.
The victory was Mayo’s first in 2018 ahead of the start of the Allianz League next weekend in which the All-Ireland finalists face an away match against Monaghan.
The home side fielded eight of their All-Ireland final team including All Stars David Clarke, Colm Boyle and Aidan O’Shea. Aided by the breeze they led 0-7 to 0-2 at the break.
But a resurgent Sligo hit five points on the spin in the third quarter to level the tie before Doherty’s opportunistic goal effectively settled the issue
Later O’Shea and Doherty added points for the home either side of a Stephen Coen point for Sligo and although the latter and Adrian Marren hit the last two points of the game Mayo held out.
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