The county’s reign as Connacht and All-Ireland U21 football champions is over, following this evening’s 2-13 to 1-10 defeat to Galway at Tuam in the Connacht semi-final.
By all accounts, the young Tribesmen were full value for their victory and were well on top all evening. They weren’t, however, able to translate this dominance fully onto the scoreboard in the first half but they rectified this with two second half goals and they had a comfortable margin of six points to spare at the finish.
I wasn’t at the game myself: I was otherwise engaged up here in the capital while it was on and so only found out the score after the game – and our 2017 U21 championship campaign – was over. I’ve nothing more to add, then, about it but anyone looking for more detail on how the match played out will find the following reports useful: GAA, The 42, Irish Independent.
Commiserations to Mike Solan and his players. Last year’s uplifting All-Ireland U21 title success will live long in the memory but all good things come to an end (well, unless you’re a Dublin supporter I suppose).
Speaking of Dublin, the Mayo ladies gave the county something to shout about this evening. At around the same time as the action was finishing up at Tuam, the LGFA League match between Mayo and Dublin was coming nicely to the boil at Croke Park.
Mayo led by six points midway through the second half but a late surge by Dublin brought the match back all-square with time running out. Cometh the hour, cometh the legend: up stepped Cora Staunton to belt over a ’45 and seal a memorable 1-11 to 1-10 win. If this was the peerless Carnacon forward’s Croke Park swansong – and it could well be – she made sure to sign off with a flourish. Style on you, Cora.