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Mayo hurling champions Tooreen will be back in action this weekend when they take on Roscommon winners, Four Roads, in Athleague in the quarter-final of the Connacht Intermediate Hurling Championship.
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.
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.
Just before I was about to hit send on last week's column I deleted one of the opening lines 'Beware- this game is fraught with danger'.
Mayo's strong offensive showing where Kevin McLoughlin and Fergal Boland excelled in the final round of the league against Monaghan, was enough to secure a final showdown with Kerry after Mickey Harte's Tyrone did us a huge favour in Omagh, turning a seven point deficit against Galway into a seven point win.
The novel ending to last Sunday's clash with Leitrim grabbed plenty of national headlines this week, but on the field there is plenty that Mayo will have to work on over the coming weeks as they ramp up their preparations for the start of the National Football League against Roscommon.
What unfolded in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Sunday afternoon will in time just become a small footnote in Mayo’s history, with the added spice of it being the first time that Mayo ever had to partake in a penalty shootout to decide the outcome of a game.
Last year Tooreen created a bit of history by becoming the first Mayo side to win the Connacht intermediate hurling title - and they are back this year looking to defend that title.
What now appears to be an annual meeting of Tooreen and Ballyhaunis in the Mayo Senior Hurling Championship final - will have its latest outing on Sunday - when the two east Mayo rivals square off in Ballyhaunis at 3pm.
This weekend will see the last three quarter-finalists in the Mayo Senior Football Championship book their spot in the last eight of the competition, while another four sides will be confined to the relegation play-offs.