O’Connors key to Ballintubber success
Ballintubber 0-6 Tourlestrane 0-5
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.
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.