Friday 27 April 2018

Douglas inspirational as Castlebar Mitchels march on

Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) 1-10, Tourlestrane (Sligo) 0-5

Ray O'Malley of Castlebar Mitchels celebrates scoring a point
Ray O'Malley of Castlebar Mitchels celebrates scoring a point

NEIL Douglas scored 1-5, 1-4 of this in the first-half, as Castlebar Mitchels set up a Connacht Club SFC semi-final with Corofin after an efficient eight-point defeat of Tourlestrane in a dour and ill-tempered quarter-final at Markievicz Park.

Tourlestrane attempted to play an ultra-defensive game in the first-half but this ploy backfired badly when a superb Aidan Walsh pass set up the excellent Neil Douglas for a tidy 19th minute goal.

Castlebar, who led 1-6 to 0-1 at half-time, played against the breeze in the second period but didn't miss the injured Paddy Durcan and were still comfortable when top scorer Neil Douglas was black-carded after 40 minutes.

SCORERS - CASTLEBAR MITCHELS: Neil Douglas 1-5 (3f); James Durcan 0-2; David Stenson 0-1 (f); Cian Costello 0-1 (f), Fergal Durkin 0-1

TOURLESTRANE: Brian Egan 0-1 (1f), Gary Gaughan 0-1; L Gaughan 0-1 (f); Niall Egan 0-1; Pat Harte 0-1 (f)

CASTLEBAR MITCHELS: R Byrne; S Irwin, G McDonagh, D Newcombe; R O'Malley, E O'Reilly, R Collins; A Walsh, B Moran; F Durkin, D Stenson, J Durcan; D Kirby, N Douglas, S Hopkins. Subs: C Kune for Douglas (black card) 41, N Lydon for Kirby 46, A O'Boyle for Walsh 50, C Costello for Durcan 54, R Burke for Collins 60, D Joyce for Stenson 60

TOURLESTRANE: P McVeigh; C Neary, B Kennedy, JF Carr; G Gaughan, A McIntyre, J Leonard; S Henry, J Quinn; P Harte, C Henry, A Dunne; J Kelly, J Marrone, B Egan. Subs: B Walsh for Leonard 16, L Gaughan for Dunne h-t, N Egan for C Henry (black card) 39, S Dunne for Kelly 50, J Kelly for L Gaughan (black card) 54

Referee: Eamonn O'Grady (Leitrim)

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