The U21s made it two from two in this year’s Hastings Cup when this afternoon at James Stephens Park in Ballina they recorded a comfortable ten-point win over Monaghan. Niall Heffernan’s charges prevailed on a 2-11 to 0-7 scoreline.
The vast bulk of the damage was done in the first half when our lads had a strong wind at their backs. They reached the turn 2-7 to 0-1 in front, the goals coming from TJ Byrne and Liam Irwin. That left them with the task of conserving this lead playing into the wind in the second period and the final scoreline confirms that they largely succeeded in doing just that.
It was one-way traffic to an even greater degree at MacHale Park this afternoon where in the Connacht Senior Hurling League our lads thumped Sligo on a scoreline of 3-22 to 0-3.
Team and scorers details for the U21s today are as follows:
MAYO: Marc Mulligan; Kevin Lynch, David Kenny, James Stretton; Cian Burke, Stephen Coen (0-1), Sean Regan (0-1); Matthew Ruane, Val Roughneen (0-1); TJ Byrne (1-1), Adam Gallagher (0-2), James Durcan (0-3, two frees); James Quinn, Liam Irwin (1-2, two frees), Aidan O’Sullivan. Subs used: Ronan Carolan for Quinn, Darren McHale for Durcan, Ronan Finn for Regan, Mark Forkan for Stretton, Conor Finnerty for Irwin, Brian Reape for Gallagher.
Thanks to @MayoGAA, @MayoAdvertSport, @MayoClub51 and @LaobhaoiseNihE for the Twitter updates from Ballina today.
10 thoughts on “Second Hastings Cup win for U21s”
Great stuff, another two great wins. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to either match today. I’ll be there in Ballina tomorrow hopefully. Thanks to everyone for the updates on twitter.
It was a chilly one in there today lads and lassies – I’d be digging out the thermals for tomorrow. And don’t do what I did and leave the gloves in the car!
Interesting enough game there today – a convincing win from our lads sure enough but that scoreline doesn’t quite tell the full story. Monaghan were dreadful in front of the posts and should have had two goals and a few points in the first half. That said, they were playing into a very strong breeze (as our goalie Marc Mulligan discovered in the second half when his kickouts started coming back at him 🙂 )
We had a few impressive performances today – TJ Byrne at no. 10 was again classy and wouldn’t have looked out of place in the senior setup. Val Roughneen was solid at midfiled, with Matthew Ruane not too far behind. Adam Gallagher worked his socks off, and I thought James Burke (of Ballymun Kickhams) had a very good game.
That game in Castlebar was a bit of a rout. Sligo only managed to get 16 players on the bus to start with and had one of them sent off. No matter, we’ll take it.
It was too cold to go fair play to the hardies that where out. lookin forward to feb
Seems to be a continuation of 2013 Minor form when we beat them fairly convincingly – in the semi? final.
Some big performers today, thought Liam Irwin battled hard at 14, some very ably assistance from Adam Gallagher, Tj Byrne and young Durkin gave our forward unit some class! Midfield was very good and was very impressed with Val Roughneen, Some very intelligent football played and you’d go a long way to find a better team goal anywhere this weekend than Liam irwins effort. Also take in the fact that monaghan hadn’t a clue where the posts were, some woeful shooting on their behalf! But all in all a good solid outing, and shows some intent for u21s this year!
Stevie coen was very impressive today.solid at the back and great vision going forward.enjoyed the game today mayo s movement and strenght in key postions stood out well done lads.
Mayo team named for fbd match. Very interesting. Clarke in goal, Vaughan at fb, Gavin Duffy in midfield. Lots of new faces. Three scorers in ff line regan, Sweeney and freeman.
Looks an interesting team all right for the Sligo IT fixture. Good to see David Clarke back – what a hell of a long time it took for a seemingly inconsequential injury – I think I remember him walking off during the Rossies match in June 2013. Andy Moran was back in no time by comparison.
The Gavin Duffy selection is intriguing. Hope he can be an addition and give the management some more options. Some lads – Dravins and Morgan Lyons are new to me, but obviously have something to offer.
Another good win for our U21’s and great credit to all who made it to the match, we’ll have to get some thermals for you Cait 🙂 Well done Anne-Marie on your match report and looking forward to you giving us another positive one on the senior lads later on today 🙂
Cheers Mayo McHale, but I’ve just noticed I mistakenly attributed Cian Burke’s good performance yesterday to his older brother James, so I think I’d better leave the match reporting to Digits and Mike!