Minors fall short in Connacht decider

Mayo minors

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With all the brouhaha surrounding the seniors today, the minors haven’t got much of a look-in. Enda Gilvarry’s charges are deserving of a mention, however, as they were in action today at Pearse Stadium in the Connacht MFC decider.

The windy and wet conditions at Salthill today weren’t conducive to flowing football but the Galway lads coped better and they led pretty much from start to finish. Our lads eventually came off second best on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-6.

I wasn’t at the game and I wasn’t in a position to follow it too closely either but I know a man who was and who did: Colm Gannon’s match report for the Mayo Advertiser is here.

Commiserations to the minors who now go on to face the Leinster champions in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. This will be either Kildare or Laois – their provincial final is on next weekend – and it’ll take place at a date, time and venue to be decided over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

2 thoughts on “Minors fall short in Connacht decider

  1. Yeah, disappointing. We were lucky to be only a few points down at HT, Galway missed numerous chances. With a strong wind in the 2nd period, we never got going. Forwards didn’t show up and we were well beaten in midfield on breaking ball.

    Again, Donovan Cosgrove was our best player.

  2. I spent a good part of Sunday morning cursing Salthill, Pearse Stadium and the genius’s who decided it should be a premier GAA venue. Despite getting to Galway in what I thought was good time [going through the N17/N6 roundabout at 10.45 am] I could only get the second half of the minor game at which point I suspect that the pattern of the game had been set. Hoowever from what I saw Mayo were far to slow in getting the ball to their inside forwards. Perhaps they had discovered at that stage that the inside forwards were not able to win their own ball but I suspect it was an innate slowness in delivering. In addition the man who did most of the damage against Leitrim, Ryan O’Donoghue seemed to be mostly deployed about the ’40. Which I thought was strange. Galway on the other hand either let the ball in long and quick or moved it quickly into attack. Either way they never met the packed defence which Mayo forwards saw. In addition Mayo’s marking was often deplorable, as for the Galway goal. All in all the inevitable result was defeat. Hopefully they can learn from it. Defeat in a provincial final is not necessarily fatal.

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