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Westport GAA

Minor Semi Final

FOOTBALL MAYO MINOR ‘B’ CHAMPIONSHIP

FINAL
Westport 2-15
Swinford 1-5

Blue army put Swinford to the sword

MAIN MAN
OISÍN McLAUGHLIN
WESTPORT
ASSUMED the creative role with his probing runs from deep. Notched up five points and is definitely one to watch in the future.

IT didn’t take Cill Chomáin long to take the wind out of Westport’s sails after their explosive display in the second semi-final on Friday night last in MacHale Park, Castlebar
As the West Mayo champions romped home to a comprehensive 13-point win over Swinford, thoughts turned to that elusive county title. However, by the time Westport emerged from their dressing room, Cill Chomain were already home and hosed against Shrule-Glencorrib. A cracking final looks to be on the cards.
By the 16th minute, Westport were four clear and the signs looked ominous for Swinford. Fionn McDonagh, Diarmuid McGreal, Ronan Geraghty and Aaron Dunne (’45) landed scores from the Covies, who adopted a creative and stylish approach to their play. They moved the ball at pace and cut Swinford open.
It took the East Mayo side a while to settle and Andrew Lenehan fired over a scorcher in the 19th minute, but they were on firefighting duties once more as Westport went in for the kill.
Ciaran McGovern slammed home a speculative goal from all of 30 metres, after it slipped through Kieran Campbell’s grasp. This gave the West Mayo champions a new surge of momentum and the lively Colm Moran opened his account with a beauty. The tireless Oisín McLaughlin slotted three marvellous points to leave Swinford all at sea at the short whistle.
With their fortunes taking a turn for the worse on the pitch, it was a different story off it with Theresa Hennigan bagging the top prize of €5,000 in the fourth County Board Development Draw.
Westport started where they left off with the deadly Ronan Geraghty popping over a monster of a point from out on the MacHale Road side. Seán Brogan pushed them 12 clear, and Swinford needed something to stem the tide.
Their go-to man Jonathan Burke slotted two in as many minutes to spark a mini revival of sorts. However, Westport went back to the well once more. Oisín McLaughlin showed a burst of pace and rifled over another in what was turning out to be a man of the match display.
When Fionn McDonagh latched onto a badly misplaced Kieran Campbell kick-out, he bore down on goal, but fisted the ball to the net, so referee (and County Board secretary) Vincent Neary wiped it off his scorecard.
McLaughlin and David Brady swapped singles with Swinford hanging on for dear life. Goalkeeper Dunne sizzled over a dead ball off the carpet before Fionn McDonagh nailed a wonderful effort with 12 minutes left.
Jonathan Burke posted another free for the chasers and suddenly they were back in contention when substitute Pearse Rowley slashed the ball home in the 53rd minute.
However, Westport grabbed the clinching goal minutes later. Colm Moran set off on another blistering run from deep and unselfishly squared the ball across to the waiting Seán Brogan to palm the ball home.
Colm Moran slotted another late on to leave them one step closer to the promised land.

WESTPORT
A Dunne (0-2, 1f, ’45); N McMenamon, P Duffy, R Higgins; L Noone, C O’Donnell, D McGreal (0-1); P O’Malley, S O’Donnell; R Geraghty (0-2, 1f), O McLaughlin (0-5), C Moran (0-2, 1f); F McDonagh (0-2), C McGovern (1-0), S Brogan (1-1).
Subs used: D Walsh for R Geraghty (36 mins); D Foy for F McDonagh (53 mins); S Geraghty for O McLaughlin (56 mins); J McGovern for S O’Donnell (60 mins); I Brickenden for D McGreal (61 mins).

SWINFORD
K Campbell; S Prendergast, K Lavin, R Smith; D Brady (0-1), J Lavin, A Lenehan (0-1); R Convey, A Smith; J Smith, J Burke (0-3, 2f), S McDonnell; S Julian, J Pidgeon, C McLoughlin.
Subs used: P Rowley (1-0) for S Julian (41 mins); G Moore for J Smith (52 mins); B King for D Brady (58 mins).

Referee: V Neary (Bonniconlon)

FOOTBALL MAYO MINOR ‘B’ CHAMPIONSHIP

FINAL
Westport 2-15
Swinford 1-5

Blue army put Swinford to the sword

MAIN MAN
OISÍN McLAUGHLIN
WESTPORT
ASSUMED the creative role with his probing runs from deep. Notched up five points and is definitely one to watch in the future.

IT didn’t take Cill Chomáin long to take the wind out of Westport’s sails after their explosive display in the second semi-final on Friday night last in MacHale Park, Castlebar
As the West Mayo champions romped home to a comprehensive 13-point win over Swinford, thoughts turned to that elusive county title. However, by the time Westport emerged from their dressing room, Cill Chomain were already home and hosed against Shrule-Glencorrib. A cracking final looks to be on the cards.
By the 16th minute, Westport were four clear and the signs looked ominous for Swinford. Fionn McDonagh, Diarmuid McGreal, Ronan Geraghty and Aaron Dunne (’45) landed scores from the Covies, who adopted a creative and stylish approach to their play. They moved the ball at pace and cut Swinford open.
It took the East Mayo side a while to settle and Andrew Lenehan fired over a scorcher in the 19th minute, but they were on firefighting duties once more as Westport went in for the kill.
Ciaran McGovern slammed home a speculative goal from all of 30 metres, after it slipped through Kieran Campbell’s grasp. This gave the West Mayo champions a new surge of momentum and the lively Colm Moran opened his account with a beauty. The tireless Oisín McLaughlin slotted three marvellous points to leave Swinford all at sea at the short whistle.
With their fortunes taking a turn for the worse on the pitch, it was a different story off it with Theresa Hennigan bagging the top prize of €5,000 in the fourth County Board Development Draw.
Westport started where they left off with the deadly Ronan Geraghty popping over a monster of a point from out on the MacHale Road side. Seán Brogan pushed them 12 clear, and Swinford needed something to stem the tide.
Their go-to man Jonathan Burke slotted two in as many minutes to spark a mini revival of sorts. However, Westport went back to the well once more. Oisín McLaughlin showed a burst of pace and rifled over another in what was turning out to be a man of the match display.
When Fionn McDonagh latched onto a badly misplaced Kieran Campbell kick-out, he bore down on goal, but fisted the ball to the net, so referee (and County Board secretary) Vincent Neary wiped it off his scorecard.
McLaughlin and David Brady swapped singles with Swinford hanging on for dear life. Goalkeeper Dunne sizzled over a dead ball off the carpet before Fionn McDonagh nailed a wonderful effort with 12 minutes left.
Jonathan Burke posted another free for the chasers and suddenly they were back in contention when substitute Pearse Rowley slashed the ball home in the 53rd minute.
However, Westport grabbed the clinching goal minutes later. Colm Moran set off on another blistering run from deep and unselfishly squared the ball across to the waiting Seán Brogan to palm the ball home.
Colm Moran slotted another late on to leave them one step closer to the promised land.

WESTPORT
A Dunne (0-2, 1f, ’45); N McMenamon, P Duffy, R Higgins; L Noone, C O’Donnell, D McGreal (0-1); P O’Malley, S O’Donnell; R Geraghty (0-2, 1f), O McLaughlin (0-5), C Moran (0-2, 1f); F McDonagh (0-2), C McGovern (1-0), S Brogan (1-1).
Subs used: D Walsh for R Geraghty (36 mins); D Foy for F McDonagh (53 mins); S Geraghty for O McLaughlin (56 mins); J McGovern for S O’Donnell (60 mins); I Brickenden for D McGreal (61 mins).

SWINFORD
K Campbell; S Prendergast, K Lavin, R Smith; D Brady (0-1), J Lavin, A Lenehan (0-1); R Convey, A Smith; J Smith, J Burke (0-3, 2f), S McDonnell; S Julian, J Pidgeon, C McLoughlin.
Subs used: P Rowley (1-0) for S Julian (41 mins); G Moore for J Smith (52 mins); B King for D Brady (58 mins).

Referee: V Neary (Bonniconlon)