I was out tonight and so I didn’t see the U17s’ Connacht Championship match earlier on against Roscommon and, of course, it’s too late now to go into it in any detail. The win is worth mentioning, though, as it was one chiselled out in the face of some adversity.
The opening half in this evening’s game saw Roscommon race into an early five-point lead only for the visitors to peg them back. From then to the break it was toe-to-toe and the sides went in level on eight points apiece.
At that stage, though, it looked advantage Roscommon as Mayo had lost James Maheady to a straight red shortly before the interval. Down a player for all of the second half, it was going to be a tall order to get a result.
But that’s exactly what Sean Deane’s team proceeded to do. With Niall Hurley and Ronan Clarke to the fore, the visitors built up a four-point lead with ten minutes to go. Rocked back at that stage by the concession of a goal, they continued to push forward, with further points from Ronan Clarke and John MacGonagle pushing them three clear once more.
Roscommon bagged the evening’s final score but it ended in a win for Mayo by 0-16 to 1-11. Next up for them is a home game against Sligo next Friday evening.
Club members have access to a Final Whistle pod, featuring Mike along with Declan O’Reilly, who were at Dr Hyde Park to see the match. This podcast episode went online earlier on.