Mayo coast to emphatic victory over New York

New-look home side prove no match for Kevin McStay’s men

Connacht SFC: New York 2-6 Mayo 2-21

Mike Finnerty

Mayo took care of business impressively as they powered to a comfortable and comprehensive victory over New York at a sun-drenched Gaelic Park in this one-sided Connacht senior championship quarter-final.

A new-look New York side were unable to match their heroics against Leitrim a year earlier and, despite their best efforts, they were second best from start to finish against Kevin McStay’s seasoned charges.

Ryan O’Donoghue produced a man of the match performance, shooting 1-13 (including 1-4 from play) while Aidan O’Shea marked his 85th championship appearance (a new Mayo record) with an impressive display.


New York manager Alan O’Mara was only able to call on three of the players who started last year’s memorable penalty shoot-out victory due to a combination of retirements, work commitments, relocations and injuries.

In fact, the Exiles were down a total of 17 players from last year’s squad. But despite trailing at half-time by 12 points (1-11 to 0-2), New York’s heads never dropped and two superb second-half goals from Frank O’Reilly and Jamie Boyle were no more than they deserved.

Cillian O’Connor came off the bench to score a penalty in the 51st minute for the 32nd championship goal of his career.

Mayo’s focus will now turn to their Connacht semi-final away to Roscommon in two weeks’ time while New York will try to regroup in advance of the Tailteann Cup.

Mayo: C Reape; J Coyne, R Brickenden, S Callinan; P Durcan (0-1), S Coen, E McLaughlin; D McBrien, M Ruane; B Tuohy, F Boland (0-1), J Carney (0-2); A O’Shea (0-1, 1f), T Conroy, R O’Donoghue (1-13, 9fs). Subs used: C O’Connor (1-1, 1-0pen) for Tuohy; D McHale (0-1) for McBrien; P Towey (0-1) for Conroy; E Hession for Coen; M Plunkett for McLaughlin; C Hunt for Durcan.

New York: J Grace; S Bolger, J Boyle (1-0), T O’Riordan; S Brosnan, C O’Dea, R Wharton (0-1); J Walsh, E O Conghaile; T Mathers, F O’Reilly (1-2, 1 mark), P Lillis; S Reilly, M Argue, K Butler (0-2). Subs used: L Kearney for Reilly; J Ajani for S Brosnan; I Ilunga for Bolger (inj); A Loughlin Stones for Mathers; M Brosnan (0-1) for Argue.

Referee: M McNally (Monaghan)