A goal from Mayo’s Sam Callinan came too late to deny Sligo a deserved victory in this Connacht Minor Football Championship semi-final played at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan yesterday.
The win puts Sligo into a Connacht final meeting with Roscommon.
Sligo did most of the damage playing into the wind in the first half, a goal from Adam Gallagher just before half-time ensuring they led at the break by 1-5 to 0-6.
Sligo kicked on to lead by five points going into the last 10 minutes, the excellent Luke Marren with two points from play but the goal from Callinan for Mayo set up a grandstand finish with the deficit cut to two points.
Try as they might, Mayo were unable to deny the Yeats County a rare but fully deserving victory over their neighbours and set them up for a final appearance.
SCORERS – Sligo: A Gallagher 1-1; D Walsh (3f), L Marren 0-3 each; C O’Reilly 0-2. Mayo: S Callinan 1-1; C McHale 0-5 (3f); M Gibbons 0-1.
SLIGO – J Lundy, L Casserley, R Kelly, J Kiernan, Z Mahon, C O’Reilly (0-2), M Hegarty, D O’Boyle, B Byrne, D Foy, L Marren (0-3), C Mulligan, D Walsh (0-3f), C Oates, A Gallagher (1-1).
MAYO – B O’Flaherty, C McHale, F Kelly, M MacEvilly, S Dempsey, R Hughes, C Boland, S Callinan, B Tuohy, D Cosgrove, C McHale , C Donohue, C Bourke, E Hughes, M Gibbons .
REF – T Murphy (Galway).