The Mayo U12’s confirmed their place in the SFAI Subway Championship National semi-finals on Sunday when they earned a point at home to a very good Athlone team.

The draw meant Mayo (below) topped the group, while Athlone will now have a home tie in the regional semi-final of the Plate competition.

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Had the visitors won they would have taken their spot in the final four at the national stage, however, Gavin Forry’s late equaliser sent the Mayo supporters into huge celebration.

The tie, which had elements of a cup final feel to it, started with the homeside attacking, however, Ahtlone were ahead when a thunderous free-kick from the boot of Keelan Connell flew into the top corner after 18 minutes.

Some half chances for both teams followed, but Mayo struck next, a long-range effort from Luke Flatley levelling proceedings on the stroke of half-time.

Into the second period and Mayo came within inches of going ahead when the ball rolled along the top of the crossbar.

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Athlone, to their credit, remained positive throughout, and they were rewarded for their attacking outlook when a Destiny Ezenna corner-kick somehow dropped in under the crossbar.

From the kick-off the visitors just needed a little composure, but Mayo pressed and forced a mistake which led to Gavin Forry slamming the ball to the back of the net.

The win now puts Mayo into the U12 SFAI Subway Championship National semi-final where they will face Donegal who also topped their group in Ulster.

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