James Horan's Mayo secures penalty-shoot-out win against Leitrim

James Horan's Mayo secures penalty-shoot-out win against Leitrim
Evan Regan of Mayo in action against Shane Quinn of Leitrim today. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Leitrim 2-13 - 2-13 Mayo

(Mayo win 4-1 on penalties)

James Horan wants to make history in his second stint as Mayo manager but little did he think that a nugget of it would come in his first match back as they advanced to a FBD League semi-final showdown with Galway on the back of a penalty shootout.

His men led by 2-9 to 0-8 at half-time thanks to early goals from Reape and Boland and they went double scores ahead when Fionn McDonagh became the sixth forward to score nine minutes after the restart.

The Leitrim revival came, rather bizarrely, when midfielder Dean McGovern was sin-binned for an off the ball tussle with Brendan Harrison, but new manager Hyland saw his men score 2-1 without reply when down a man on a day when the experimental rules had little impact.

Evan Sweeney and Ryan O’Rourke got the goals but there was a further twist deep into stoppage time when McGovern appeared to be sent off when he was booked. But instead of going off he set up Damian Moran for an equaliser four minutes into stoppage time.

The crowd waited for extra-time but an announcement declared a penalty shootout and a further tannoy declaration made it clear only goals would count. Up stepped captain for day Jason Doherty, Reape, Boland and Evan Regan to find the net, with O’Rourke the only Leitrim player to score.

Scorers for Mayo:

F Boland 1-3; B Reape 1-1; J Doherty 0-3 (3f), E Regan 0-2 (1f); R Hennelly (1’45), C Moran, E O’Donoghue & F McDonagh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Leitrim:

E Sweeney 1-3 (2f); R O’Rouke 1-0; P Dolan & J Heslin 0-2 each; S Quinn, D McGovern, C McGloin, D Flynn (1f), D Moran & S Moran 0-1 each.

MAYO: R Hennelly; E O'Donoghue, G Cafferkey, B Harrison; L Keegan, J McCormack, D Vaughan; S O'Shea, S Coen; F McDonagh, J Doherty, F Boland; C Moran, B Reape, E Regan.

SUBS: C Crowe for Cafferkey (h-t), J Kelly for Coen (58), B Doyle for O’Donoghue (59), O McLaughlin for Moran (64), C Tracey for McDonagh (68).

LEITRIM: D McKiernan; P Maguire, F McTague, A Flynn; C Reynolds, R Mulvey, S Quinn; D McGovern, S Moran; S McWeeney, C McGloin, J Heslin; E Sweeney, P Dolan, D Flynn.

SUBS: M Plunkett for A Flynn (39), R O’Rourke for McGloin (45), G Reynolds for Heslin (49), D Moran for Dolan (63), D Rooney for Mulvey (68).

Referee: James Molloy (Galway).

More in this Section

Shamrock Rovers find out next opponents if they get through to next round of Europa League qualifying Shamrock Rovers find out next opponents if they get through to next round of Europa League qualifying

David De Gea: I’d love to be handed Manchester United captaincyDavid De Gea: I’d love to be handed Manchester United captaincy

Gary Player 'quite choked up' about Shane Lowry's 'remarkable' Open victoryGary Player 'quite choked up' about Shane Lowry's 'remarkable' Open victory

Shane Ross: Govt cannot resume FAI funding until we see independent reportsShane Ross: Govt cannot resume FAI funding until we see independent reports


Lifestyle

Pollinators are busy feasting on a tempting selection of flowering plants, says Peter Dowdall.The hedgerows are alive with the sound of insects

Carol O’Callaghan previews Cork Craft Month, when exhibitions, workshops and retail opportunitiesAn insider's guide to Cork Craft Month's exciting exhibitions, shopping opportunities and workshops

With a plethora of culture and content releasing at an incessant rate, finding someone to have that cliched watercooler moment with is getting harder and harder. However, there’s a whole host of pop culture podcasts that do the heavy lifting/watching with you.Trawling through pop culture... so you don’t have to

An exhibition in Skibbereen pays tribute to late photographer Michael Minihane, writes Richard FitzpatrickMichael Minihane has been putting West Cork in the frame for decades

More From The Irish Examiner