Michael Solan’s U21s made it two wins from two in the North-West Cup earlier on today when they galloped to an easy 3-12 to 0-4 victory over Sligo at Crossmolina. Needless to say, I didn’t make it to St Tiernan’s Park for the game so what follows is an account of the action stitched together from the informative updates tweeted from the Deel Rovers ground by @mayogaa.
It was wing-back Sharoize Akram who opened the scoring for us today with a point from play. The Ballaghaderreen player then turned provider for the second, feeding local lad Fionan Duffy who pointed to put us two clear.
Goalkeeper Matthew Flanagan, who replaced Scott Kilker between the posts prior to the throw-in, got our next score, from a ’45. Sligo then cut the gap back to the minimum with two quick points but there was clear daylight between the sides soon after when Brian Reape was hauled down in the square and Fionan Duffy dispatched the resultant spot-kick to the net.
It was Fionan Duffy who also knocked over our three next points and the one after that, pointed by Brian Reape, stretched our lead to seven points. The Yeats lads had the final say of the first half with their fourth point of the day, leaving the half-time score 1-7 to 0-4 in our favour.
Fionan Duffy had bagged 1-4 of our first half total but he played no further part in the game, with Liam Irwin replacing him for the second half. Scott Kilker also came on before the restart in place of Matthew Flanagan in goals.
The second half was complete one-way traffic: our lads added a further 2-5 to their total before the end whereas Sligo failed to register another score before the final whistle was blown.
Fergal Boland got us underway again after the break with a point. Liam Irwin was then fouled in the square but the ball squirted loose to Brian Reape who, according to @mayogaa “got a boot to it somehow” to net it and push us ten points clear.
Further misery was heaped on the Magpies via another Sharoize Akram point and a second goal from Brian Reape. A free from Liam Irwin, one from play by Matthew Flanagan and a free from Colm Reape (who replaced his namesake in the second half) closed out an emphatic 17-point win for our lads.
I’ll leave it to @mayogaa to summarise the contest and who performed best for us today:
Great performance today against a poor side and heavy conditions. Some standout performances from Akram, B.Reape and Fionan Duffy #mayogaa
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) January 9, 2016
Mayo: Matthew Flanagan (0-1, ’45); Eddie Doran, Seamus Cunniffe, Ciaran Harrison; Jason Forkan, James Kelly, Sharoize Akram (0-2); Ryan Lynch, Val Roughneen; Fergal Boland (0-1), Michael Plunkett (0-1), Matthew Ruane; Ronan Carolan, Brian Reape (2-1), Fionan Duffy (1-4, penalty goal and a free). Subs: Scott Kilker for Flanagan, Liam Irwin (0-1, free) for Fionan Duffy, Barry Duffy for Forkan, James Lyons for Ruane, Colm Reape (0-1, free) for Brian Reape, Morgan Lyons for Plunkett, Michael Murray for Roughneen, Cathal Barrett for Carolan.
PS: Fermangh beat Donegal by a point, 2-4 to 1-6, in the other North-West Cup game today. Our lads play Donegal next, up in Ballybofey next weekend.