Leitrim are out of the Connacht Senior Football Championship following a 24 point defeat to Mayo at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar today.
The result was never in doubt with Mayo leading 3-11 to 0-4 at half-time before eventually winning 5-20 to 0-11.
Mayo already had eight points on the board before Keith Beirne opened Leitrim’s account in the 16th minute leaving seven points between them at the first water break.
Darren Coen scored the game’s first goal in the 24th minute and two more goals from Darren McHale moved Mayo 18 points clear on the half hour mark.
Keith Beirne replied with a brace of points for Leitrim who were 16 points in arrears at half-time.
Mayo were equally ruthless upon resumption and a goal each from Ryan O’Donoghue and Tommy Conroy saw the hosts lead by 24 points after 43 minutes.
Leitrim subsequently accounted for four of the next five scores but were still 21 points down at the second water break.
James Horan’s men outscored Leitrim six points to three in the final quarter and finished with eight goals to spare.
Mayo can now look forward to a Connacht Final date with Galway on Sunday 25th July while Leitrim are headed for the exit door.