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Mayo’s title challenge is real with Rossie demolition job

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Mayo 4-19 Roscommon 0-09

Mayo booked their place in the All Ireland semi-finals with a commanding 22 point win over Connacht champions Roscommon at Croke Park. They will now look forward to a meeting with Kerry in two weeks time.

The game itself was effectively over at half time as three first half goals in the space of 5 minutes had Mayo in a commanding position. It was Mayo that began the game brighter and they raced into a 0-06 to 0-00 lead, Cillian and Diarmuid O’Connor and Jason Doherty all registering scores. Roscommon did get on the scoreboard through Ciaran Murtagh, but then came the 3 goals in the space of 5 minutes that killed the game off as a contest. First up it was Kevin McLoughlin who waltzed through the heart of the Roscommon defence to finish past Conor Lavin.

It was Andy Moran time to shine then when he netted 40 seconds after McLoughlin scored. The goals kept flying in and Keith Higgins then got Mayo third major of the day with a bursting run up forward to expertly finish to the net. It was far to easy for Mayo and Roscommon didn’t look like threatening the Mayo defence at any stage. It was 3-08 to 0-04 at the break, with Aidan O’Shea and Doherty closing out the half with points.

O’Shea came to the fore once again on the resumption and Mayo fourth goal arrived soon after through Cillian O’Connor. Mayo could have had more goals but they kept pushing on and Moran, O’Connor and Barrett all registered points to extend the lead. Stephen Rochford emptied his bench and they all made a massive impact. David Drake, Stephen Coen and Shane Ballymena contributed four points from play as Mayo tore the Roscommon defence to shreds. Kerry stand in their way of reaching a second successive All Ireland Final.

Player of the Match: Aidan O’Shea


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