Galway pull away from Mayo with stylish second-half show
Desmond Conneely hits key goal as Tribesmen defend minor title in Salthill
Galway’s minor team celebrate their victory over Mayo in the Connacht MFC Final at Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Galway 1-9 Mayo 0-6
Galway tuned on the style in the second half and pulled clear of Mayo to claim back-to-back Connacht minor titles and their 27th in total.
Desmond Conneely hit the key goal 15 minutes from time, but with Evan Murphy central to most of Galway’s good play up front, the home side were never troubled after they failed to cash in on their first-half wind advantage.
The home side got off to a great start in the shocking conditions, as points from Conneely (two), Robert Finnerty and Evan Murphy saw them lead 0-4 to 0-0 after 21 minutes.
This near miss spurred Galway on and Conneely’s goal in the 45th minute as a killer blow for Mayo as Galway easily closed out the win.
GALWAY: C Haslem; E Deeley, S Mulkerrin, E McFadden; A Quirke, E McDonagh, F Garvey; S Raftery, R Murphy; F O’Laoi, E Murphy (0-2), R Forde (0-1); R Finnerty (0-1, free), D Conneely (1-4, one free), B Goldrick.
Subs: D Silke (0-1) for R Murphy (41 mins), S Thornton for Garvey (60 mins).
MAYO: A Byrne; C Horan, D Cosgrove, J Cunnane; J Maughan, M Macken, B O’Malley; C Murphy, N Moran; P Lambert (0-1), R Egan, O McLaughlin (0-1); C Moran (0-1), R O’Donoghue (0-2, one free), N McGhee.
Subs: C Stenson for Murphy (29 mins), S McGreal for McGhee (49 mins), E Gibbons (0-1) for Egan (53 mins), L Kelly for Horan (60 mins).
Referee: John Gilmartin (Sligo).