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Knockmore are back in the Mayo Senior Football Championship final after seeing off their nearest and dearest rivals Ballina Stephenites by four points in MacHale Park on Sunday afternoon.
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.
This one will sting in Knockmore - they only managed two points in the second half and had a two man advantage for a good six minutes of the last half hour and failed to make it count as a final quarter surge from Ballina Stephenites saw them take the win and top place in the group.
Despite playing with two extra men for the last 12 minutes of normal time after both Damien Comer and Sean Mulkerrin had been sent to the line, the former for straight red and the latter for a black card having already be booked - Mayo were unable to see off the challenge of Kevin Walsh’s Galway at home, going down by a point and not scoring for over 34 minutes in the second half including injury time.