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Cillian O'Connor kicks 11 points as Mayo scrape past Cork after extra-time

Stephen Rochford’s men came away from their All-Ireland SFC qualifier with a one-point win.

Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Mayo 0-27

Cork 2-20

Declan Rooney reporting in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Cillian O’Connor scored 11 points and Mayo continued their revival with their third straight qualifier win, a thrilling one-point Round 4A extra-time victory over Cork at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Mayo held a 0-10 to 0-7 lead at half-time in normal time despite having a slow start, where Donncha O’Connor slotted two points in the opening seven minutes before Cillian O’Connor hit back for Mayo.

Two superb points from Lee Keegan and Tom Parsons gave Mayo confidence but the sides were level for the third time when Donncha O’Connor scored his fifth point in the 31st minute.

However Mayo closed out the half well and Cillian O’Connor kicked a pair of points while Jason Doherty opened his account for a three-point interval lead.

Cork got a black card towards the end of the first-half when Jamie O’Sullivan was penalised for a third-man tackle on Aidan O’Shea in the 35th minute.

Andy Moran kicked his third point on the resumption, and then Cillian O’Connor took off again. When substitute Paddy Durcan scored they were double scores, 0-14 to 0-7 ahead in the 46th minute.

But Cork halved the deficit in the next five minutes, John O’Rourke tapped over two points but Cillian O’Connor scored his seventh point to keep Mayo ticking. Just three minutes later Powter rattled the Mayo net after he drove at Keith Higgins and hit low past David Clarke.

Then Lee Keegan got a black card and Mayo stretched clear only for Ruairi Deane to set up Connolly for his 71st minute goal. Durcan gave Mayo their advantage back but Connolly’s 77th minute free forced the game into extra-time.

It was 2-15 to 0-21 at the start of extra-time and Paul Kerrigan kicked two early points for Cork as they went into the break 2-19 to 0-24 ahead.

But Mayo kicked four points in a row with Cillian O’Connor’s 45 putting the game beyond Cork.

Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor 0-11 (0-4f, 0-1 ‘45), A Moran 0-4, A O’Shea 0-3, P Durcan 0-2, C Loftus 0-2, L Keegan 0-1, T Parsons 0-1, J Doherty 0-1, K Higgins 0-1, D O’Connor 0-1

Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor 0-6 (0-4f), L Connolly 1-1, S Powter 1-0, J O’Rourke 0-3, P Kerrigan 0-3, C O’Neill 0-3 (0-1f), M Hurley 0-2, B O’Driscoll 0-1, T Clancy 0-1,

Mayo

1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)

2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore)
3. Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites)
4. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)

5. Lee Keegan (Westport)
6. Chris Barrett (Belmulet)
7. Colm Boyle (Davitts)

8. Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy)
9. Tom Parsons (Charlestown)

10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)
11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)

22. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)
14. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, captain)
15. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)

Subs:
18. Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels) for Barrett (44)
23. Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore) for S O’Shea (50)
21. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe) for Boyle (53)
19. David Drake (Ballaghderreen) for Keegan (58, black card)
13. Conor Loftus (Crossmolina) for Moran (63)
17. Caolan Crowe (Garrymore) for Cafferkey (81)
25. Evan Regan (Ballina Stephanites) for McLoughlin (81)
26. Alan Dillon (Ballintubber) for D O’Connor (87).

Cork

16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)

2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)

5. Sean Powter (Douglas)
6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
7. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)

8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)

10. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

13. Barry O Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
14. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)

Subs:
20. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet) for Loughrey (19)
26. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers) for O’Sullivan (36, black card)
24. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues) for Walsh (37)
18. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough) for Shields (46)
22. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers) for B O’Driscoll (54)
23. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven) for O’Connor (62)
17. Alan O Connor (St Colum’s) for Maguire (70)
25. Sean White (Clonakilty) for C O’Driscoll (70)
10. C O’Driscoll for Powter (81)
6. M Shields for Cronin (87).

Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down).

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