Ballintubber sink Mitchels
Four-in-a-row-seeking Castlebar Mitchels crashed out to their great rivals Ballintubber in the semi-final replay, losing 0-16 to 0-15 at MacHale Park on Saturday night.
For the second week running the sides couldn’t be separated at the end of normal time, which finished 0-12 apiece.
Castlebar had a two-point lead in the last few minutes of normal time but once again the deadly accuracy of Cillian O’Connor threw Ballintubber a lifeline with a last-minute free to tie the game.
The back-to-back champions of 2010 and 2011 made the most of the reprieve, with substitute Joe Geraghty firing over the winner from play in the dying seconds of the second period of extra-time to advance to a final meeting with Breaffy next Saturday night.
It was a reverse of the result of last year’s final, when they lost by two points to Castlebar.
Mitchels’ Cillian O’Conor finished with 0-7 (six frees) in a tough game in which defences dominated, with neither side creating any goal chances.
The match was watched by former Ballintubber boss James Horan, who has returned to the Mayo helm.