No final joy for Juniors

Mayo AI JFC Final 2015

Photo: Sportsfile/Ray McManus via Twitter

Well, it turned out those 1/7 pre-match odds on Kerry were pretty much on the money. Our lads were never in the hunt in this afternoon’s Croke Park curtain-raiser, losing their All-Ireland JFC final by a 14-point margin on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-10.

By the looks of it, the writing was on the wall early on in this one. Kerry opened up with six unanswered points in the first ten minutes and another eight minutes passed before we finally opened our account, via a point from play by Damien McGing.

Andrew Farrell had already been sprung from the bench at this stage and he had a good goal chance saved. Had this gone in, it might have hauled us back into it but instead Kerry stretched their lead to seven points.

Our cause was rendered all but hopeless before the break when Kerry goaled to go ten clear. This score was, however, followed by our most fruitful period of the game as four points on the spin cut the deficit to six, 1-9 to 0-6, at the break.

That was as good as it got for us, I’m afraid. On the resumption, it was Kerry who upped the tempo and with 20 minutes to go their lead had lengthened to a yawning 2-13 to 0-6. They added five more to our two before the end, to close out an emphatic 14-point win.

Hard luck to the lads – as so many other Mayo teams before them know so well, losing an All-Ireland final on the GAA’s hallowed turf isn’t easy and I’m sure Sean McLoughlin’s charges feel this as strongly as those other teams have done in the past. They can take solace in having got this far and I’m sure the experience of running out onto the Croke Park turf to the roars of the Mayo faithful is one they’ll treasure. As for the rest, it just wasn’t their day.

On a happier note, our U21 hurlers struck first blood for the county against Donegal this afternoon when, up in Letterkenny, they beat the home team by 1-14 to 1-6 in their U21B All-Ireland quarter-final tie. Here’s hoping that’s the first of two victories over them that we’ll be toasting later on this evening.

9 thoughts on “No final joy for Juniors

  1. Commiserations to the Mayo Junior team, a defeat like that is hard to swallow and they will rue the missed chance before half time but that’s sport. To reach an All Ireland Final is a wonderful achievement and in time they will take comfort and pride in their achievement. Pity the game was one sided for all concerned, I wish all those Mayo players all the best in their future careers.

  2. Woohoo well done to the senior team, absolutely delighted for ye. The top three are still standing and we have two great semis to look forward to

  3. What a magnificent performance, power, aggression, and tremendous football ability, bring on the dubs and Kerry. Can’t see the dubs matching our intensity, we blew Donegal away simple as that. Lee and Keith were brillant in defence, unfortunately Cillian struggling for form but a few weeks now to find it.

  4. congratulations to Noel and Pat for the way they set up the team , every angle was covered .We Mayo supporters are so lucky to to have a bunch of lads, of this skill and toughness , to follow for the last 5 years .. Every enjoy to night and don’t worry about the Dubs for another few days .

  5. A joy to see the cover at the back. Best balance between up front and behind that I’ve seen ever!! A deliberate change…..good!
    Onwards Mayo! Well done all !!

  6. Does anyone know much about Andrew Farrell? Hadn’t really sprung to attention. Looked very lively today.

  7. Hard to know what to say about our Junior team yesterday. They gave their all but it was way short of what was needed. The game was like one between two teams in different grades of football, so far ahead were Kerry in terms of fitness and accuracy. I was told the Mayo Juniors are more or less left to themselves in with Co Board taking little interest while Kerry regard it as a development squad. If so fair play to them for turning out but its not a level playing field.

  8. We could maybe take the u23 approach like Kerry do? Then strengthen the squad with some good big club talent.
    Loads of minor talent since 2010 sitting idle at the moment playing with Intermediate and Junior clubs.
    TJ Byrne/Brian Reape/Conor Loftus/Fionan Duffy all eligible. Some serious young forwards there who know each others game.

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