Mayo 1-15 Leitrim 1-5 .... MAYO minors redeemed themselves after a poor first half showing to blow Leitrim away in this Connaught minor football championship quarterfinal at Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, on Saturday evening.
Mayo were a little flattered by their interval lead of three points (1-5 to 1-2) but they outscored Leitrim by 0-10 to 0-3 in the second half to book a semifinal meeting with Galway in Salthill this Saturday.
Manager Enda Gilvarry will be the first to admit that a huge improvement will be needed of they are to make the final against three-in-row seeking Roscommon, but, in fairness, many of these players have just closed the books on the Leaving Certificate and this game will have brought them on to some degree ahead of the more demanding task against Galway.
A dirty mist descended on the evening and it may have contributed somewhat to the poor quality of football – and it was clearly responsible for the opening goal, which was gifted by Leitrim when a defender and the goalkeeper both in turn slipped at the critical moment when attempting to clear a probing cross from Brian Walsh. Tommy Conroy was alert to the possibility of a free goal and he duly poked home the loose ball into an empty net.