As has already been mentioned in the comments, the Juniors’ Connacht semi-final clash tonight with Sligo in Tubbercurry ended in defeat, with the Yeatsmen coming out on top by 2-8 to 1-9. The margin was two points at the break (2-4 to 1-5) and it was still two points at the end and I’m afraid that’ll all I can tell you about the game, as there other info to hand about scorers and so forth.
What I can tell you, though, is that Sligo’s opponents in the Connacht Junior final will be Leitrim. They saw off Galway in tonight’s other provincial semi-final, when they came out on top at Tuam on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-13.
10 thoughts on “Juniors lose out to Sligo”
U. Corrigan 1-2
A. Jordan 0-3
J. Healy 0-2
J. Reilly 0-1
Mayo conceded 2-2 within first 8 minutes; did well to fight back. Jordan showed well for the ball. Gaughan and Carey were excellent throughout showing great work rate. Forkans quick kick outs were excellent, didn’t even bother with a tee.Leonard and Conal Quinn did well after shaky starts. Cosgrove caught out twice under high ball for goals, did well coming out with ball. Moran and Oisin Quinn solid in half back line. Healy was decent, good first half quiet second. Mulderrig out of his depth as was Conroy who was putrid. Doherty tried hard but wasnt up to it. Reilly looked classy at times but wasn’t at his best. Corrigan was Mayo’s most dangerous forward and looked a threat on the ball.
Poor form by management bringing Liam Staunton on and taking him off ten minutes later; as well to have left him off if they were going to do that. McAndrew and Sean Gaughan not on long enough to make an impact.
The Irish Independent has a brief report on last night’s match – here.
Corrigan has had a great year , was stand out man for kiltane this year after mikey sweeney , shame there is no back door in this , they were blitzed in the early stages and did well to come back into it.
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Just back from a mighty week in the Big Apple. Seeing red and green across the world’s capital made me so proud. Our lads were an example to us.
Only disappointing thing for me was the cost of the two official gigs over there. 20 dollars on Saturday and 30 dollars on Sunday. I don’t know who gets the money raised but it’s a lot of expense for a trip that was dear to begin with.
On the field we will win Connacht but don’t fool ourselves that’ll be a cakewalk like last year.
Hard luck to Mayo in the Connacht JFC semi-final v Sligo. It looks like the poor start with early mistakes in the full back line did the damage, that remained the difference in the end.
And Roger, if there’s no back door, they should have a Plate Final, for the two losing semi-finalists, just to give them a second day to show for their work.
Pleased to read in summary report from Messi that 8 out of 9 of the Erris lads ( 6 Kiltane, 2 Cill Chomain, & 1 Belmullet) got a run and positive mentions of them. Hopefully a couple of them will follow Mikey Sweeney and make the step-up. Of course John Reilly, featured in one FBD game this year, but couldn’t be involved after that due to Kiltane’s Intermediate run, and it’s also very crowded in the midfield sector of the Mayo senior panel.
As I said in a posting yesterday I was surprised to see that there were only three of last year’s panel involved. I know a few were no longer eligible having played senior in the meantime and Adam Gallagher is now with the senior county panel. [Incidentally Mikey Sweeney was not involved last year]. Is this an indication of a general lack of interest in playing junior intercounty? Also is the dominance of north division players in the selection an indication of a lack of familiarity with talent outside the north by management? Is there a lack of support from Co Board for the Junior team, financial or otherwise? I also notice that only two [subs] of the U21 panel v Rosc.were included [Anthony Jordan and Steven Conroy] even though several more must have been eligible. Third level exams would possibly have an impact on availablity but I would have expected more, with the benefit of U21 training behind them, to be included. Anybody involved with Junior/Intermediate football care to comment?
Mikie Sweeney didn’t play last year as he wasn’t eligible, although he would have been eligible Wednesday as he didnt play against New York as would Adam Gallagher. If you look at last years Junior Championship three of the four semi finalists were from North Mayo as well as Lousburgh. In the Intermediate a strong Kiltane side won Mayo and Connacht ad this was reflected with 6 in the squad. Surprised there were no Kilmaine or Burrishoole players in the squad, surely it was down to a lack of interest as both teams would have at least three players each that are good enough for the squad. Surprised Forde (Ballycastle) didnt go for it this year. Regarding the under 21 players; I think the team were of a quite poor standard this year as reflected by the result in Connacht Championship. Here is what I think would be the best Mayo junior team if all were available.
1: Forkan (Kiltimagh)
2. Leonard (Lahardane)
3. Cosgrove (The Neale)
4.L. O’ Malley (Burrishoole)
5.P. Kelly (Kilmaine)
6. E. Hughes (The Neale)
7. J. Healy Kiltane
8. F. Burke (Kilmaine)
9. J. Healy (Kiltane
10.P. Gaughan (Kiltane)
11. J. Maloney (Kilmaine)
12. A. Gallagher (Mayo Gaels)
13. A. Jordan (Moy Davitts)
14. J.Reilly (Kiltane)
15. M. Sweeney (Kiltane)
* 7. Meant to be Moran (Kilcommon)
Andy I would have a bit of knowledge about the junior set up this year.. Basically the players just arn’t out there at junior/intermediate level..You mention the under 21 team but the two lads who played for the juniors would have been two of the weaker players on the night..In comparison to the Sligo u 21s who played, they nearly beat Roscommon while our u21s were well beat by the Rossies..I do know that dozens of players were involved in trials for the team but a few clubs declined to put players forward..No club can be forced to send players up, that’s just the way things are..
Realistically if you took the Kiltane players off the panel the team would have been well beat..As it was they were pretty unlucky not to get through against a team made up of senior inter county players and fringe inter county players which was a good performance considering the disastrous start..
I’ve no doubt if Mikie Sweeney was allowed play and get some game time after receiving none in New York then the result would have been different