Today was already a bad day for Galway, with the news this morning that Michael Meehan has taken an indefinite break from the county’s senior football panel due to his ongoing and unremitting injury problems, but the county’s sensational Connacht U21 semi-final defeat to Leitrim this afternoon makes it a whole load worse.
Lest it be forgotten, Galway went into this tie at Páirc Seán as the reigning All-Ireland champions at this level and the young Tribesmen led by three points at the break, looking on course at that stage to record a routine win. The home side kept plugging away, though, and they got their reward through a late, late Niall Brady winner to win out by 0-9 to 0-8 and claim their place in the final for the first time in sixteen years. Match report from The Score is here.
In the day’s other Connacht semi-final, Roscommon made it five U21 provincial final appearances in a row (getting past us on the way in four of those, in case we need reminding) when they edged out Sligo by 1-12 to 1-10 at Markievicz Park. The Rossies were seven points clear with ten minutes to go but they had to survive a brave, late comeback from the Magpies before finally securing their slot in the decider. The Score also have a match report on this one – here.
In the Connacht minor football league, meanwhile, our lads suffered a narrow defeat to Longford this afternoon. In a match played at Pearse Park, the minors were edged out by a single point, losing by 1-11 to 2-7 but it looked as if they’d snatched a win at the death when they got their second goal four minutes into injury time. Direct from the kickout, though, Longford goaled at the other end to win by a point. Details of the Mayo team that lined out today (from @MayoGAA, from where I got those match details too) are here.