Minors make bright start

Mayo’s Minor footballers made a confident start to this year’s Connacht MFC campaign this evening at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, as they ran out 2-13 to 2-7 winners over Roscommon.

After a low scoring first half – by which time we led by six points to four – the scores came thick and fast and a far more open and less structured second period. We did more of the scoring than they did and, but for the late concession of 1-1, the winning margin would have been greater than six points.

Roscommon bagged the opening score this evening with a free. Seven minutes were on the clock before we responded, Kobe McDonald ramming over a long-range free off the ground, aided by the stiff wind that blew into the bacon factory end.

A second free edged them back in front but then two from play for us, the first finished by Oisín Deane after some nice interplay, the second a belter from Kobe McDonald from out on the right, gave us the lead. The visitors would never gain the ascendency after that.

Evan Walsh, off his left, put us two up and it was a two-point lead we took into the break as well. Our other two scores prior to the short whistle came courtesy of Harry McHale and another from Evan Walsh.

We had a goal chance on the resumption when the ball broke inside to Conor Moriarty but he wasn’t able to lift it quickly enough. He did, though, bag a point.

We seemed to be well in control when they suddenly got a goal. Our ‘keeper, Nathan Roddy, came for the ball but didn’t make it and it fell to Dean Casey who rolled it into the empty net.

We hit back immediately, however, with sub Andrew Quinn sending the umpire scurrying for the green flag at the other end after a great solo score.

We then kicked on impressively. Three scores from play in as many minutes, from sub Joe Forry, full back Tom Hession and another Kobe special, saw us stretch our lead to six.

Then scored two at the other end but then Evan Walsh curled over a three one off the left for us. Soon after the ball broke inside for Kobe and he fairly made the net bulge.

We only scored once more after that, an outside-of-the-boot free from Kobe, but in injury time they bagged a second goal – a superb effort by Eoin Collins – and a second goal attempt soon after was deflected over the bar to leave six between them at the end of a highly entertaining contest.

So it’s a very positive start to the campaign for the lads. They’ve a bye next Friday and then the following week they’re away to Galway.

Mayo: Nathan Roddy; Conor Coghill, Tom Hession (0-1), Daithí Butler; David Hurley, Mrk Noonan, Conor Kavanagh; Josh Moyles, Owen Loughney; Harry McHale (0-1), Kobe McDonald (1-5, two frees), Dylan Flynn; Evan Walsh (0-3), Conor Moriarty (0-1), Oisín Deane (0-1). Subs: Andrew Quinn (1-0) for McHale, Joe Forry (0-1) for Moriarty, Mark Sheeran for Loughney, Fionn O’Kinsella for Flynn, Oran Murphy for Kavanagh.

3 thoughts on “Minors make bright start

  1. You might want to change the score in the opening paragraph WJ.. Roscommon seem to have an extra 10 points..

  2. A good all round team performance but a certain no 11 looks destined to light up a few Summers for us

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