WING-back James Lindsay’s 44th minute target catapulted west Sligo’s Easkey into a Croke Park date using Kerry costume Beaufort next month.

Lindsay’s vital score gave the Connacht champions the border against Donegal and Ulster agents Red Hugh’s at a low-scoring nevertheless absorbing GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship semi-final at Ballinamore.


The winners — who have earned Sligo its earliest All-Ireland Club Championship final look in Gaelic football — led 0-7 to 0-3 in half-time following a breeze-assisted first-half.

Ryan McKenna bagged four factors for Easkey because opening stage and his fourth attempt was a fizzing goalbound effort that was deflected over.


Red Hugh’s, who showcased Donegal Senior Stephen McMenamin, failed to score from play at the first-half and relied upon sharpshooter Damien Browne, who tallied 0-6 whatsoever, for three pointed frees.

There was a better showing from Red Hugh’s from the second-half and 2 points over three minutes of the restart, such as a yummy score by Odhran Doherty, cut Easkey’s lead to 2 factors, 0-7 to 0-5.

However, the match’s only goal — if James Lindsay netted from Eugene Mullen’s aid — abandoned Red Hugh’s with a lot of to do.

Easkey just scored once again following their target — Joe McHugh’s purpose — but sterling work in their own defence, which comprised Sligo’s Nestor Cup-winning captain from 2007, Noel McGuire, maintained Red Hugh’s at bay.