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Magical Mayo bring an end to London's dream

LONDON 0-10 MAYO 5-11

By John Campbell

There was to be no fairytale ending to London's Connacht senior football championship odyssey when they were on the wrong side of a 5-11 to 0-10 score against raging hot favourites Mayo in yesterday's final at McHale Park, Castlebar.

Mayo, beaten in last year's All-Ireland final by Donegal, have already declared their intention of going on to better things this time round and they made no mistake against a technically inferior London side.

Cillian O'Connor proved their executioner-in-chief as he landed three second half goals that helped to usher James Horan's side safely into the All-Ireland quarter-finals where they have now joined Dublin, Kerry and Monaghan.

And these four teams will certainly take more than a passing interest in next Saturday's round four qualifier ties, the winners of which will be drawn against one of the provincial champions in the quarter-finals.

On the back of yesterday's defeat by Monaghan, Donegal will now confront Laois on Saturday and manager Jim McGuinness views this as a "tricky assignment".

Laois meanwhile overcame Wexford by 0-16 to 2-8 in a tense third round qualifier on Saturday night.

Managed by former Armagh All-Ireland winner Justin McNulty, Laois have bounced back strongly in the qualifiers following their tame exit from the Leinster Championship.

Against Wexford, Laois looked sharp and forceful with Ross Munnelly landing eight points, David Conway helping himself to four and Colm Begley registering a brace.

McNulty must now plot how to inflict a second successive championship defeat on Jim McGuinness's side within a week, something that would have been deemed unthinkable up until yesterday afternoon

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