Mayo’s opening night too much for NUIG
Goalkeeper Robert Hennelly the only survivor from the starting side which lost the All-Ireland
Mayo 0-12 NUIG 1-6
Goalkeeper Robert Hennelly was the only player from the starting side which lost the All-Ireland to Dublin on a Mayo team which opened their Connacht league game with a hard earned win over NUIG at MacHale Park, Castlebar on Friday evening.
As well as being the only survivor from September, Hennelly also captained the side.
Back-to-back points from Darren Coen in the second half appeared to have put Mayo in control but they coughed up a soft goal to Seán Moran five minutes from time to leave just a point between the sides.
Coen tapped over his third free, while Michael Conroy added a late point to seal a win for Mayo in a game which produced just one black card.
Mayo led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time but were behind at one stage before Brendan Harrison levelled matters at 0-2 apiece on 15 minutes.
MAYO: R Hennelly (0-2, two 45s), K Rogers (0-1), K Keane, E O’Reilly, B Harrison (0-1), S McHale, D Drake, J Gibbons, J Reilly, A Gallagher, C Freeman, D O’Connor, T King (0-1), D Coen (0-5, three frees), M Sweeney (0-1). Subs: S Coen for Harrison (38 mins), B Gallagher for O’Connor (38 mins), A Moran for Sweeney (47 mins), S Kelly for Gallagher (50 mins), C Boyle for Keane (54 mins), M Conroy (0-1) for S Kelly ( 59 mins).
NUIG: D O’Sullivan, C O’Domhnail, C Crowe, L Cullen, S Driscoll, J McManus, A Nolan, E O hEochaidh, C Guckian, K Gibbons (0-1, free), Sean Morann(1-0), J Kelly (0-1), I Galvin, Shane Moran (0-2), C Davey (0-2). Subs: D Gavin for Gibbon (40 mins), K O’Mahoney for Shane Moran (50 mins), N Freeman for C O’ Domhnail (57 mins).
Referee: M Duffy (Sligo).