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In a year like no other, Mayo put in a performance far above anything they had been able to muster in their previous five outings in the league before the action was called to a halt in early Spring.
The Ballintubber dream of a three-in-a-row was rudely dispatched by a hungry and hard working Knockmore side, who mixed teak tough defending with attacking flair in spades in MacHale Park on Saturday evening.
Ballintubber limped over the line against Leitrim champions Glencar Manorhamilton in the Connacht quarter final on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-9 to set up a mouth-watering clash with All-Ireland club champions Corofin next Sunday at 2pm in Tuam.
The record books will show that Ballintubber have been the team of the decade in Mayo - in MacHale Park on Saturday night they claimed their fifth Mayo senior title since 2010 to move one ahead of local rivals Castlebar Mitchels over the past ten years.
It all came tumbling down in the 12 minutes after the second half started - after top class first half display that saw them lead by two points at the break, Mayo found themselves trailing by ten points and down and out of the championship for the year.
John Healy’s No-one Shouted Stop was about the death of a Mayo town - but Mayo made sure that they didn’t shout stop on the football field on Saturday evening in MacHale Park, booking their eighth All Ireland semi-final in nine seasons with a four point win over Ulster champions Donegal.
It took them a good while to get going, but in the end Mayo did more than enough to see off the challenge of Meath and leave themselves with a fighting chance of making it out of the Super 8s.
They travelled in their thousands, making the long trek from all corners of Mayo from early morning and they waited until the bitter end and it was a sobering conclusion for the Mayo faithful in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney - but the end in this came long before the final whistle was blown.
Relief, followed by pride, followed by excitement.
Sport is the great entertainment of the masses and Gaelic Football is the one that whets the appetite like no other on the west coast.