Mayo's Darren McHale gathers the ball ahead of Sligo's Karl McKenna in Markievicz Park Picture: Sportsfile
It may have been the outcome expected but not many Leitrim fans will be looking forward to the Connacht SFC Semi-Final in Elvery's Mac Hale Park on Sunday July 11, after reigning provincial champions Mayo demolished Sligo in Markievicz Park on Saturday.
Terry Hyland's Leitrim will face Mayo in the Connacht Semi-Final in two weeks time after James Horan's side stormed to a 20 point victory over a Sligo team that beat Leitrim by seven points in the opening round of the League just over a month ago.
Man of the Match Aidan O'Shea led the way for the champions as he scored a 12th minute goal to give Mayo a 1-7 to 0-2 lead at the first water break and if the writing was on the wall at that stage, Mayo reduced the second half to mere statistics as they scored 2-7 before halftime to lead 3-13 to 0-8.
O'Shea added a second goal with Darren McHale marking his championship debut with a goal as Sligo's tactics to halt the march of the Mayo men was turned on its head by the intensity and high press of the visitors.
The result is just the boost Mayo needed after the blow of losing record scorer Cillian O'Connor to a season ending injury and they will welcome Leitrim to Elvery's Mac Hale Park confident of repeating their 2-15 to 0-10 win in Avant Money Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada last November.
Scorers: Niall Murphy 0-6, 1f; Sean Carrabine 0-2, Mikey Gordon, Patrick O’Connor, Keelan Cawley & Liam Gaughan 0-1 each
Team: Eamonn Kilgallon, Ryan Feehily, Eddie McGuinness, Karl McKeanna, Nathan Mullen, Paul McNamara, Peter Laffey, Patrick O’Connor, Paul Kilcoyne, David Quinn, Liam Gaughan, Mikey Gordon, Barry Gorman, Niall Murphy, Seán Carrabine. Subs: Evan Lyons for McKenna, Keelan Cawley for Gaughan, Red Og Murphy for Gorman, Conor Griffin for Gordon, Cian Lally for Cawley
Scorers: Darren McHale 1-5, Aidan O’Shea 2-2, Ryan O’Donoghue 0-5,4f; Conor Loftus & Eoghan McLaughlin 0-2 each, Tommy Conroy, Jordan Flynn, Paddy Durcan, Fergal Boland, Stephen Coen & James Carr 0-1 each
Team: Rob Hennelly, Enda Hession, Oisín Mullin, Lee Keegan, Michael Plunkett, Paddy Durcan, Eoghan McLaughlin, Matthew Ruane, Conor Loftus, Kevin McLoughlin, Darren McHale, Jordan Flynn, Tommy Conroy, Aidan O’Shea, Ryan O’Donoghue. Subs: Fergal Boland for Flynn, Padraig O’Hora for Keegan, Stephen Coen for Durcan, Paul Towey for O’Donoghue, James Carr for McLoughlin
Referee: Paul Faloon
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