A novel penalty shoot-out was required to separate Mayo and Leitrim in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada today and it’s James Horan men who advance to a Connacht SFL semi-final clash with arch rivals Galway.
The sides finished tied on 2-13 apiece after Damien Moran sent over a last gasp equaliser for the home side.
Those in attendance were subsequently treated to the unique spectacle of a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners and Mayo came out on top by 4-1.
Captain Jason Doherty, Brian Reape, Fergal Boland and Evan Regan all converted their spot-kicks for the winners.
New Leitrim manager Terry Hyland will draw great encouragement from his team’s gutsy display.
They overturned an eight point deficit to salvage a draw.
Reape and Boland netted first-half goals for Mayo and they took a 2-9 to 0-8 lead into the break.
The home side clawed their way back into contention thanks to second-half goals from Evan Sweeney and substitute Ryan O’Rourke but failed to finish off the job in the penalty shoot-out.
Mayo - R Hennelly (0-1'45); E O'Donoghue (0-1), G Cafferkey, B Harrison; L Keegan, J McCormack, D Vaughan; S O'Shea, S Coen; F McDonagh (0-1), J Doherty (0-3f), F Boland (1-3); C Moran (0-1), B Reape (1-1), E Regan (0-2, 1f). Subs: C Crowe for G Cafferkey, J Kelly for S Coen, B Doyle for E O'Donoghue, O McLoughlin for C Moran, C Tracey for F McDonagh.
Leitrim - D McKiernan; P Maguire, F McTague, A Flynn; C Reynolds, R Mulvey, S Quinn (0-1); D McGovern (0-1), S Moran; S McWeeney, C McGloin (0-1), J Heslin (0-3); E Sweeney (1-3, 0-2f), P Dolan (0-2), D Flynn (0-1f). Subs: M Plunkett for D Flynn, R O'Rourke (1-0) for C McGloin, G Plunkett for J Heslin, D Moran (0-1) for P Dolan, D Rooney for R Mulvey.
Referee - J Molloy.
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