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Watch: Wonderful Score In Mayo Semi-Final Shows Up Hand-Pass Rule

Watch: Wonderful Score In Mayo Semi-Final Shows Up Hand-Pass Rule
By Arthur James O'Dea
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Castlebar Mitchels and Ballintubber met in McHale Park tonight in the semi-final of the Mayo Senior Football Championship - and what a match it was!

Played under the lights, a pulsating affair between the 2014 county champions Ballintubber, and the champions every year since Castlebar, went to extra-time after the initial hour failed to separate them.

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With Castlebar leading 1-9 to 1-6 and time-running out, this mammoth score gave Ballintubber the necessary foothold to allow two further points to come.

Who else but Cillian O'Connor to do the necessary and level things up for Ballintubber?



Sending the game into extra-time in McHale Park, the intensity scarcely abated there.

In a very tight first-half of extra-time, it was Ballintubber who grabbed the solitary score; Jamsie Finnerty looking like he had half an eye on going for goal here.

Grabbing a second score to put the reigning champions two-points behind with time running off, two quick scores assured they were level soon enough.

Barry Moran was back on defensive duty for Castlebar soon enough, kick-starting this incredible move that would leave the Mitchels with a lead to protect.

Incidentally, the brilliant nature of this well-worked score would surely fail the three hand-pass rule that may soon be trialed in Gaelic football.

Not that leads were for protecting in this county semi-final - Cillian O'Connor tapped over the equalising free shortly after.

In the end, that was that - 1-12 to 1-12 and both sides will have to play it out all over again. Not that anyone who was in Mayo tonight will be complaining.

Credit to Mid-West Radio for the amazing footage. 

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