U21s come up just short + good luck Kiltane

Mayo U21 team v Tipp

Photo: @MayoGAA

The U21s were in action once again earlier on today – for the fourth Saturday in a row – when they faced Tipperary in the Hastings Shield final which was played at Keenan Park, Ardagh, Co. Longford. In a match where the atrocious weather that’s been swirling about the country all day seemed to play a major part, our lads were eventually edged out by two points, losing 2-10 to 2-8.

Tipperary played with the wind in the first half and they obviously made the most of the howling gale at their backs, recovering from the concession of an early goal scored by Kevin Gibbons for our lads to establish a four-point lead, 1-7 to 1-3, at half-time. Now playing with the wind, that kind of a deficit shouldn’t have been too daunting for Niall Heffernan’s charges but, having cut the gap to three, they suffered a hammer blow when the Premier County lads lashed in a second goal to widen the margin to six points. A late charge, with captain Adam Gallagher to the fore, saw that margin reduced to two but Tipp held out to secure the win.

According to @MayoGAA, our scorers today were Adam Gallagher (1-4), Kevin Gibbons (1-0), Anthony Jordan (0-2), Ronan Neary and Diarmuid O’Connor (0-1 each).

The same source also confirmed that the starting fifteen and subs introduced today were as follows:

Mayo: Michael Moore (Hollymount/Carramore); Darragh Ruane (Moy Davitts), Liam Kitterick (Westport), Aidan Butler (Claremorris); David O’Reilly (Claremorris), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Ger McLoughlin (Charlestown); Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber), Gareth O’Donnell (Charlestown); Ronan Neary (Bonniconlon), Adam Gallagher (Mayo Gaels), Steven Contory (The Neale); Brian Heneghan (Moy Davitts), Anthony Jordan (Moy Davitts), Kevin Gibbons (Louisburgh). Subs: Padraig O’Hora (Ballina) for Butler, Cian Burke (Ballymun Kickhams, Dublin) for O’Reilly, Tom Clarke (Knockmore) for Neary, Aidan O’Sullivan (The Neale) for Heneghan.

So no Hastings Cup silverware (or whatever today’s Shield was made from) for the U21s but taking part in this tournament should certainly stand to them as they start to turn their attention to the Connacht championship, which gets underway in March. There’s no easy start for us to this campaign either as we’re down to play Roscommon – who, by the way, beat Cavan by 1-6 to 0-7 in the Hastings Cup semi-final today (further details on that one here) – in the preliminary round at MacHale Park on March 12th and it’ll take serious effort from us to ensure that we’re still in hunt for U21 honours this year after that one.

That was today’s fun and tomorrow’s comes in the shape of Kiltane’s All-Ireland Intermediate club semi-final clash with Cork’s Clyda Rovers at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, where throw-in is fixed for 2pm. Here’s hoping the Erris lads can do the business tomorrow and so secure their place in Croke Park for next month’s decider. The very best of luck to them in their endeavours.

12 thoughts on “U21s come up just short + good luck Kiltane

  1. Pity about the u21 loss, still , the future is bright and looking forward to that c’ship match in a few weeks.
    Good luck to the kiltane bucks on Sunday!

  2. The very best of luck to Kiltane today. Facing a big challenge in Clyda Rovers but no doubt they’ll be giving it everything in order to book their place in the final next month.

  3. Kiltane won by 2-9 to 0-9 today, David, and now play Truagh of Monaghan in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on 9th of February. I should have some more details on today’s match up on the site later on.

  4. Another great day out with Kiltane.
    By far the best team on the day!
    2 goals before half-time did the business.
    Still room for improvement though, and I have a feeling Mikie Sweeney and Tommy Contoy will rise to a much higher level in Croker.
    Well done Kiltane!

  5. Good win without actually playing that well in attack (weather and pitch not great), defence was outstanding and we took chances, particularly in the second quarter. I believe that Truagh were relegated from Senior in 2012 also so should be a tough game, but great to be in Croker supporting your local team!

  6. Thats great to get the victory, fair play to Kiltane, hopefully they can finish the job off now in Croke Park! I wonder would Tommy Conroy become the first Mayo player to win two All-Ireland medals in six months, if they win. That would be some achievement for the lad, best of luck to him and all of his teammates in the final!

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