A Magical Midfield display from Maestro Mahon warms up a bitterly cold day in Sligo as St. Joes u17s look to progress in this year’s competition. Their fate will be known later in the week when other results are finalised. Ballinode provided the opposition on this occasion and with a hail storm howling around the Knocknarea Arena it was more of an afternoon to sit beside the fire and look out at the elements. No one told Jack Mahon! He knew a result was required and he set about it in a fashion that had his side 3 goals to the good by half time. With 20 minutes on the clock David Doherty tested the Ballinode ‘keeper who could only parry the Tavneena Tigers shot but Captain Mahon fired in the rebound. Ruairi Cullen got the score of the day on 29 minutes when he unleashed a 25-metre rocket from nowhere that arched over the goalie and into the roof of the net. Mahon again, was on hand to make it 3-0 at the interval with a polished finish, angled into the bottom corner of the net. Ballinode came roaring back in the second period, first of all rattling the crossbar before getting on the scoresheet a number of times and deservingly so. Credit must go to both teams for providing such entertainment in atrocious weather conditions.