CONOR MORTIMER MADE his return to club action this evening but a cameo off the bench couldn’t prevent Shurle-Glencorrib slipping to defeat to Westport at MacHale Park.
Mayo’s all-time leading scorer had to wait until the fifth minute of the second-half to get his chance and while he marked his return with a point, it wasn’t enough as Lee Keegan’s Westport advanced to the Mayo intermediate football final.
When Mortimer was introduced, his side were trailing by four points and had failed to register a score in 20 minutes having raced into a five-point lead by the 14th minute.
Mark Ronaldson did the early damage with three frees but Westport rallied in the second quarter of the game with Shane Scott’s goal on 16 minutes springing them into life.
Four points from Lewis Cawley saw Westport take a 1-4 to 0-5 lead into the break.
When Mortimer did get involved, he hit a sweet point with his left foot to cut the gap back to three points, which was greeted by approval from the large crowd who came to Castlebar on a cold Wednesday night.
He did have another effort that sailed wide a few minutes later, but he couldn’t impact the game in the way he would have hoped.
Unfortunately for the south Mayo side they were totally outplayed by Westport in the second half, with the seasiders hitting ten second-half wides to go with the five points the added on in that period.
Keegan wasn’t the attacking wing back that you’d associate with his Mayo performances, spending the evening picking up former inter-county man Mark Ronaldson who was a constant threat throughout, hitting six points over the hour.
While the return of Mortimer was the main focus before the game, his elder brother Trevor was also back in action for their home club and he was about to be introduced just before the full time whistle denied him his return.
But it’s Westport who advance to Saturday’s intermediate final against Kiltimagh at the same venue.
Westport scorers: Lewis Calwey (0-6, 5f), Shane Scott (1-0), Liam Staunton (0-1), Oisin McLaughlin (0-1), Paul Lambert (0-1).
Shrule-Glenncorrib scorers: Mark Ronaldson (0-6, 6f), Stephen Mullin (0-2), Conor Mortimer (0-1).
1. Gary Hennelly
2. Daryl McThighe
3. James O’Dowd
4. Ronan Walsh
5. Noel Sheridan
6. Johnny Naughton
7. Conor O’Dowd
8. James Lavelle
20. Kieran Walsh
10. Colm Hoverty
11. Mark Ronaldson
12. Shane Mellett
23. Nathan Magee
14. David Geraghty
15. Stephen Mullin
18. Conor Bohan for Shane Mellett
29. Conor Mortimer for Kieran Walsh
19. Brendan Ryan for Nathan McGee
22. Eoin Hennelly for Stephen Mullin
21. Evan Cawley for Colin Hoverty
1. Patrick O’Malley
2. Niall McManamon
3. Kevin Keane
4. Liam Ketterick
5. Keelan Dever
6. James Walsh
7. Brian McDermott
8. Lee Keegan
9. Shane Scott
10. Fionn McDonagh
11. Phil Keegan
12. Colm Higgins
13. Colm Moran
25. Paul Lambert
15. Lewis Cawley
14. Liam Staunton for Colm Higgins
19. David Horan for Paul Lambert
26. Ronan Geraghty for Colm Moran
27. Oisin McLaughlin for Fionn McDonagh
28. Brian O’Malley for Brian McDermott.
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