History for Westport as they see off Ballina for first Mayo SFC title

October 30, 2022

Westport's Kevin Keane and Lee Keegan celebrate ©INPHO/Tom Maher

Westport claimed their first ever Mayo senior football championship crown after edging out Ballina Stephenites by 1-9 to 1-6 at MacHale Park.

In a tense and tight decider, ‘Man of the Match’ Killian Kilkelly’s 1-4 contribution over the hour proved key for the victors as they secured a first Moclair Cup success in their club’s history.

Led by county stalwart Lee Keegan, Westport trailed by the minimum (0-5 to 0-4) at half-time but 1-1 in the space of six minutes from Kilkelly turned the final on its head.

The corner-forward’s goal came from the spot after James Doherty was adjudged to have touched the ball on the ground but Ballina responded in kind.

Padraig O’Hora’s goal had the sides level in 1-5 each with 10 minutes left and it was Westport that kicked on from there, with points via Paddy O’Malley (free), Niall McManamon and Alan Kennedy (2, 1 free) landing them a historic first senior championship title.

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