Enda Gilvarry’s minors opened their Connacht championship campaign in fairly impressive fashion earlier this evening when they accounted for Leitrim by 1-15 to 1-5 in their preliminary round clash at McHale Park. Leading by three points (1-5 to 1-2) at the break, the lads pushed on decisively in the second half to win by a comfortable ten-point margin. Top scorer for the winners was full-forward Liam Irwin with five points but it was wing-back Michael Hall who picked up the Man of the Match award.
I wasn’t at McHale Park today but Colm Gannon was and his match report for the Mayo Advertiser is here.
Next up for the minors is a tough provincial semi-final away to Galway this day week. As ever with the minor championship, it’s this upcoming penultimate round tie rather than the final itself that’s the vital one to win as it’s this one that guarantees a place in the All-Ireland quarter-final, whereas defeat means the end of the road. According to @MayoGAA the time and venue for next Saturday’s semi-final clash has yet to be confirmed.
Mayo: Marc Mulligan; Eddie Doran, Seamus Cunniffe, David Kenny; Ronan Finn, Stephen Coen (0-1), Michael Hall (0-1); Val Roughneen (0-2), Diarmuid O’Connor; (0-1) Brian Walsh, Conor Loftus, Cian Hanley; Tommy Conroy (1-0), Liam Irwin (0-5, three frees); Darragh Doherty (0-2). Subs: Stephen Burke for Loftus, Conor Byrne (0-3) for Conroy, Padraig Prendergast for Doherty, Sean Conlon for Finn.