Castlebar edge dogged Mohill to overcome first Connacht hurdle
Castlebar Mitchels advanced to a Connacht SFC club semi-final showdown with Tourlestrane of Sligo next weekend after pulling away to defeat Mohill 0-16 to 0-11 at MacHale Park.
Castlebar led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break after starting and finishing the half strongly.
In between, there was little between the teams with Mohill gaining whatever advantage there was from the strong diagonal wind.
Early points from Ray O’Malley and Barry Moran settled the Mayo champions but Mohill battled back and three points in succession from full-forward Keith Beirne, two of them from frees, put them 0-3 to 0-2 in front.
Castlebar hit back with good efforts from Cian Costello and David Stenson, but they struggled to find a way through the crowded Mohill defence.
The Leitrim champions edged back in front with points from Ronan Kennedy and Keith Keegan, but Castlebar led at the break thanks to two more frees from Stenson and a long-range effort from centre-back Eoghan O’Reilly.
Castlebar doubled their lead early in the second-half thanks to Moran and Danny Kirby, but Mohill refused to give and drew level with four points in a row to draw level after 46 minutes.
But it was all Castlebar from there with Neil Douglas leading the way with three good points as they pulled away to win with ease.
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