O’Con­nors key to Ballintub­ber suc­cess

Ballintub­ber 0-6 Tourlestrane 0-5

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - GaelicGames -

In this low-scor­ing pos­ses­sion game it was Ballintub­ber’s in­ter­county play­ers, Cil­lian and Diar­muid O’Con­nor, who made the dif­fer­ence for the Mayo cham­pi­ons in their one-point de­feat of a dogged Tourlestrane, 0-6 to 0-5, at west Sligo’s Quiga­bar, yes­ter­day.

Cil­lian landed five pointed frees and Diar­muid man­aged to shoot the win­ners’ only point from play – as well as earn­ing the player of the match award – as Ballintub­ber se­cured a Con­nacht Club club se­nior semi-fi­nal against Leitrim cham­pi­ons Aughaw­illan.

Ballintub­ber, with Sligo man Kevin John­son in charge, played with the wind dur­ing the first-half but only man­aged three points cour­tesy of the O’Con­nor sib­lings.

Such a mea­gre re­turn should have been wor­ry­ing, along with the five wides, as they led 0-3 to 0-1 at the in­ter­val.

Stiff breeze

The fact that Tourlestrane just scored once in the first half, Cathal Henry on tar­get, meant that Ballintub­ber had some­thing to work with for a sec­ond half against the stiff breeze.

Ballintub­ber stayed in front dur­ing the sec­ond-half and kept cool even when Tourlestrane closed the mar­gin to a point on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

Tourlestrane’s cause wasn’t helped by a straight red for Shane Dunne af­ter 46 min­utes.

The losers were never able to get level and re­lied on Cathal Henry for three of their five scores.

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