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Durcan goal helps holders Castlebar into semi while upset sees O'Shea's Breaffy exit

Elsewhere in the Mayo SFC quarter-finals, Ballintubber and Hollymount-Carramore have to do it all again.

  • Knockmore 0-13 Castlebar Mitchels 1-13
  • Breaffy 0-12 Claremorris 1-10
  • Ballintubber 0-17 Hollymount-Carramore 0-17 

THERE WERE THREE senior quarter-finals down for decision in Mayo and a host of big guns in action today, as Castlebar Mitchels and Claremorris advanced, and Ballintubber and Hollymount-Carramore couldn’t be separated.

The first of the three fixtures was a repeat of last year’s county final, and the reigning champions march on as Castlebar beat Knockmore by three points.

Paddy Durcan’s second-half goal was the difference, as his side saw off Kevin McLoughlin and Knockmore’s challenge.

Elsewhere, there was an upset as Breaffy — the club of the three O’Shea brothers, Aidan, Seamus and Conor — were knocked out of the championship by Claremorris.

Half time saw Breaffy lead by one point, the score standing 0-8 to 1-4.

After the break, they extended their lead but Claremorris kept in touch teeing up an exciting finish to proceedings.

Aidan O’Shea Aidan O'Shea in action for Breaffy (file pic). Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

With two minutes on the clock, Colin Gill split the posts and Claremorris took the lead as injury time loomed.

It proved to be the winning score in the end as his side booked their place in the county semi-final for the first time in over 10 years.

And Ballintubber and Hollymount-Carramore will have to do it all again after their clash at MacHale Park ended all square.

With six minutes to go, the score was level with 0-15 a-piece, before Cillian O’Connor edged Ballintubber one up.

Darren Coen pulled off a huge effort to tie matters again, before Alan Dillon struck what looked would be the winner, and the vital score that would send Balintubber into the semi-final.

Conor Keane stood up when it mattered most though to send the game to a replay.

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