Leitrim dominated the first half action aided by a strong breeze in this dour affair. An early rattle of the Mayo net was not to be as the referee called a square ball and a quiet Mayo salvaged enough points to keep up with Leitrim. A goal from Emlyn Mulligan saw Leitrim go in at the interval with a two point advantage – Leitrim 1-04 Mayo 0-5 .
With the wind at their backs and what must have been an inspirational half time talk Mayo re-emerged as a team with a very different mental approach. Leitrim could all but score 1 point as Mayo took points from all angles.
Jason Dohertys 39th-minute goal was the crucial score for champions Mayo in this Cadburys Connacht U21 FC semi-final at McHale Park, Castlebar, yesterday.
Mayo closed the game out with unanswered points in the final quarter from Mikie Sweeney, Doherty (2), Thady Gavin (2), Aidan Campbell (3), and Donal Vaughan.
Final score: Mayo 1-16 Leitrim 1-05
Mayo: J Doherty 1-2, T Gavin (2f), A Campbell 0-4 (2f) each, C Barrett 0-2, D Vaughan, B Gallagher, J Burke, M Sweeney 0-1 each.
Leitrim: E Mulligan 1-3 (0-1f), R Mulvey 0-1, R Kennedy 0-1.
23-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie