Juniors through to Connacht final

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The Juniors came through this evening’s Connacht semi-final clash against Sligo, winning out by 2-8 to 2-5 in the match played at the Enniscrone/Kilglass GAA pitch. They’ll now face Galway in the provincial final later in the month.

I was only following this evening’s contest on Twitter so I have just the bare bones of what happened. Here, then, is the social media version of tonight’s action.

Sligo struck the first score of the evening in the form of a goal by David Quinn. Despite playing into a significant wind, however, our lads battled back and helped by a goal from Ronan Malee they went in at the break leading by 1-5 to 1-2.

Two further points after the resumption left the visitors well on top with twenty minutes to go. From then until the end of normal time, however, it was all Sligo as the home side clocked up a further 1-3 without reply to lead by one.

It was, though, our lads who had the final say. The man doing the saying in stoppage time was Hollymount/Carramore’s Darren Coen who scored a penalty goal and then followed it up with a point from play, to seal a three-point win for the defending provincial champions on a 2-8 to 2-5 scoreline.

Galway overcame Leitrim by 1-15 to 1-7 in tonight’s other Connacht JFC semi-final and so it’s the Tribesmen our lads will play in this year’s Connacht final. That JFC decider has been fixed for Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon on 22nd May, where it’ll be the curtain-raiser to the Leitrim/Roscommon SFC quarter-final.

20 thoughts on “Juniors through to Connacht final

  1. It’s good to see another Mayo team coming from behind late in the game to get a win. Well done to all involved and best of luck in the final against Galway.

  2. All hands on deck for Boeing 767 landing on Enniscrone beach on Sat….Sligo footballers take eye off ball.
    If this happens anything is possible.

  3. Good to see certain players still involved with a mayo setup also the players are in the right age group 23-24 Noticed that freeman Gallagher Coen Kelly all played minor in 2010 with COC Harrison and Dan Kirby. Niall freeman and Gary Keane brothers of Aan and Kevin. With kitterick and freeman having both played fullback for mayo at U21in the past with Darran Mchugh looks Like they have able coverage for a once problem position. pity that certain players are barred from playing that played senior with their clubs like Mchale and Routledge unlike Farrell who were involved with the senior setup. This is a competition that Brian Reape could be involved in yet bar Fionan Duffy having played for crossmolina. Eoin o Donoghue would be a good addition here but not to many other u21 would be eligible

  4. Wouldn’t Matty Flanagan be eligible? The likes of James Kelly, Eddie Doran and and James Carr as well. Surely it would be more beneficial to O’Donoghue and Reape to be involved with the juniors instead of making up the numbers with the senior panel

  5. Am no expert on this, but is it not a good idea that players who can’t make it elsewhere, can get a go with the juniors? Represent your county, do your best, embody the Corinthian spirit and all of that.

    Or am I being naive?

  6. I’m with you on that Catcol. An honour to wear the jersey regardless of the level

  7. Well done to the Mayo junior team on reaching the Connacht Final. A lot of young lads which is nice to see. Encouragement from Mayo supporters would be nice also

  8. That’s a tasty little double-header in store in Carrick on 22nd May … would be tempted to make the trip. Maybe Leitrim will spring a surprise 😉

  9. Speaking to a few Leitrim connections recently it seems they have very little confidence or expectation in their ability to surprise the Rossies. They finished very close to bottom of Div 4 in the NFL and have not had a worthwhile win for a long time now. It’s a pity because Pairc MacDiarmada is a lovely venue always with a big welcome even though the local expectations are not great. But you never know, the Rossies have more than enough arrogance to trip themselves up, as they did twice last year.

  10. Ronaldson, Sweeney, McHale and Conroy all let go along with most of the Mitchells lads. It’s a shame for them but I think probably the correct decision in each case, although Conroy may have been a close call against someone like Carolan. With the emergence of the 21s and a lack of retirements there were always going to have to be tough decisions made, especially in the forwards where we seems to have a lot of good but not outstanding players. The lack of impact from the Castlebar players shows the standard difference between club and county.

    This is probably the end of the road at county level for Conroy and Ronaldson as they are both into their 30s now. Still plenty of time for the others to step up again if they can kick on at club level.

    Best of luck to all of them, especially the two older lads who have been great servants for us and have both had to deal with their fair share of ups and downs over the years.

  11. Shocked that Shane Mc Hale & Neill Douglas let go ! Sorry for Mark Ronaldson & Mickey Conroy sounds like Stephen is ruthless he has to be I suppose! wonder who is coming in?

  12. Hard on the likes of Douglas and Kirby who had little opportunity to impress due to their club commitments.

  13. I thought a few years ago that Kirby could be a stand out for the senior team. But I’ve seen him play a few times over the last 18 months and he just hasn’t been standing out in the higher standard games he has played. Hopefully he has another gear to find and will be back in the future.

    I feel really sorry for Douglas because he has shown massive commitment to the county team but has seen little game time in return. But, similar to the others, he is maybe just a shade below the standard of others that have been kept on. The issues holding Ronaldson, Sweeney and possibly McHale back are maybe natural disadvantages that they can’t do anything about (e g height or pace) which is really unfortunate for them.

    Overall the standard of the panel in terms of depth seems to be just a little higher this year than previously. We don’t have many long term injuries right now and there are good young players coming through. In the end, if it’s a tight call between a 21 year old and a 31 year old you have to pick the 21 year old because there’s likely to be a higher ceiling there in terms of ability to work towards in the future. But it’s tough to see really committed players miss out.

  14. never nice to see players being let go but Rochford has to make the call and I’m sure it’s not that easy, at least for those that were getting regular game time in the past.
    Hopefully they can challenge again next year.

  15. Great servants to Mayo football all of them.
    Not easy but there is a high standard to try and nail down a place.

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