Mayo’s Minor Championship campaign started and finished after little over an hour’s football at Dr Hyde Park this evening. Roscommon banged in four first half goals in this Connacht MFC quarter-final and with that buffer they were able to see out the win with relative ease. They beat our lads by 4-13 to 2-12 at the finish.
I was otherwise engaged while the match was on so I didn’t get to see the live stream. As well as that I only managed to tune into Midwest Radio for the final ten minutes or so and because of this I don’t have a load of detail on the game.
I could, though, see from the score updates on Twitter that this was a game that ran away from us in the first half. With ten minutes played we led by four points to two but fifteen minutes later that scoreline had changed to 3-5 to 0-5 in the home team’s favour.
We managed to pull a goal back but they then added a fourth. We were 4-6 to 1-8 down at half-time and in serious bother. In truth, the game was all but gone from us even at that stage.
To the lads’ credit, though, they kept plugging away. Midway through the second half, our having bagged a second goal, the gap was down to six points. While this still looked a daunting deficit to make good, we were now in a far better place than we’d been at the midway point.
But it got no better than that from our perspective. Roscommon were able to keep us at bay comfortably enough and they closed out a seven-point win without too much fuss.
So it’s two underage Championship losses to the Rossies this week, as our dismal inter-county underage record shows no sign of improving. That’s it for our lads in this year’s Minor Championship as Roscommon progress to the semi-final. Good luck to them in that and commiserations to our lads.