Mayo claim Connacht title

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Updated: July 17, 2011

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Mayo 0-13 v 0-11 Roscommon
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Full time The ref blows the final whistle and a strong second half performance, especially from Cillian O’Connor see’s Mayo claim the Connacht crown from the defending champions. Roscommon only scored two points in the second half with the wind proving just as menacing as the boot of O’Connor. Mayo outscored Roscommon 7 points to 2 in the second and the Rossies will now have to pick themselves up for a qualfier tie against either Tyrone or Armagh.
Added time Enda Varley with a massive point
Added time Roscommon win a free and make it a one point game
Added time We’re into the additional time at the end of the 70 minutes
70min Moran puts Mayo two points ahead, the way this game has gone that could seal it
69min The breeze carries it and it lands in a mayo defenders hand
69min Roscommin win a big big free
68min A free to Roscommon, O’Shea getting a yellow card
66min Just when Roscommon needed a point the free drifts wide, 4 minutes to go
65min Shine has a chance to level this again with a free
64min O’Shea with a Mayo wide, its 6-1 in points this second half
63min O’Connor gets his 8th of the day and Mayo are in the lead
63min Dillon fouled, free in to Mayo and a chance for the lead
61min Mortimor nearly gets a goal there but it goes wide, Claffey did well coming out
60min 10 minutes to go its Shine v O’Connor as both sides depend on their talismen for scores.
59min O’Connor holds his nerver to level it, he’s having a fine first final.
55min O’Connor gets another free
54min An 8th wide there for O’Grady goes off for Roscommon McDermott in
50min Shine nearly in on goal, but he blasted it over for a point. He was going for a goal there, Roscommon’s first score in 19 minutes
49min O’Connor gets it, his 5th. Its a one point game. O’Shea goes off for Mayo – Kilcullen on. (Blood sub)
48min Another free for Mayo, Dineen again involved, taking a player out off the ball.
47min McLoughlin hits a free wide for Mayo
45min From the clearance Dillon nets a point, might have gone for goal but took sensible option – 2 points in it
44min Shine drops a free in but its cleared
41min Mayo on top at the moment, using the breeze, but Moran hits a wide there
40min O’Connor makes it a 3 point game. Dineen was booked for the foul, 4th player today, 09-06
39min Another Mayo free – this looks easy for O’Connor
38min O’Connor takes too long to take his free and it’s a hop ball. Poor from ref or player, not sure there
37min Roscommon sub: Dineen comes on for Ward who goes off injured
36min Second half is now underway
Half time Defending champions Roscommon will take a four point lead in with them for the half time cuppa. Donie Shine, the wind and the rain have proving to be the main factors in the opening 35 minutes. Roscommon have been tidy and compact, playing the short ball and holding possession and getting numbers back when Mayo attack. Cillian O’Connor has taken on the free kicks duty’s today after some poor free taking against London and Galway and one poor free aside he has proved effective for Mayo. Second half still to come, Mayo will have the wind with them and should come back into it.
Added time Shine misses with a free, his 2nd wide
Added time free to mayo tight angle, O’Connor takes it short – McLoughlin takes it on and gets a crucial score
35min There will be 3 minutes of added time
34min Shine again with another free
33min Shine gets his 5th of the day with a lovely free
31min Ward gets a good point for Roscommon
29min O’Connor makes it a 2 point game, good free again, nice response from earlier miss
28min Andy Moran gets a point from play for Mayo, nice point. That was needed
27min Donie Shine is having a great game, lovely point.
26min Its 7 minutes since we’ve had a score, Roscommon playing the better. Mayo haven’t scored since the 11th minute
25min Poor free from Dillon, Roscommon clear
23min He’s missed it, Mayo now 11 minutes with a score. It looked straight forward but the conditions are tough.
23min O’Connor with a chance for his and Mayo’s 3rd
20min Good run by Devaney who turns up the wing but he’s surrounded by Mayo players and gives away a free
19min A good firsted point there from Roscommon, sensible play. 3 scores in a row.
16min Wondering point from Shine, his first from play. lovely
14min Shine gets it, back in front
13min Roscommon with an attempt thats hits a mayo player, its a 45
11min Freeman is fouled, a good chance to level it. O’Connor steps up again and makes it two from two, we’re level
10min Vaughan gets Mayo’s first wide of the day – still 02 to 01
9min O’Connor gets his first point in his first connacht final, Mayo on the score board
8min Free to Mayo as Keenan overcarries, good pressure there
7min Some lovely hand passing from Roscommon, ball comes to Kilbride who makes no mistake
6min Higgins with Roscommon’s third wide, against just drifted away but wide none the less. Roscommon doing well at the moment, but missing scores
5min Keenan reads it well there to intercept play and set Roscommon off again. Its all a bit crowded no space at the moment
4min Devaney with a 2nd Roscommon wide, he scopped up a loose ball and went for it, but it drifted just wide
2min Shine gets the defending champions off the mark
2min Free to Roscommon, Mayo fouling on the ball.
1min We’re up and running. One late change for Roscommon Ormsby off for Purcell. For wide of the the game for Roscommon. Tough conditions

Mayo team: Robert Hennelly; Keith Higgins, Alan Feeney, Tom Cunniffe; Richie Feeney, Donal Vaughan, Trevor Mortimer; Aidan O’Shea, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Alan Dillon (capt), Andy Moran; Cillian O’Connor, Alan Freeman, Jason Doherty.

Roscommon team: Geoffrey Claffey; Seán McDermott, Niall Carty , S Purcell; David Keenan, Peter Domican (capt), Donal Ward; Michael Finneran, Karol Mannion; Senan O’Grady, Kevin Higgins, Cathal Cregg; Conor Devaney, Senan Kilbride, Donal Shine.

Mayo and Roscommon will contest the Connacht Senior Football final in Dr Hyde Park on Sunday; throw in at 2pm.

Both managers have named unchanged sides to the teams that successfully negotiated their way to throught the semi finals.

Roscommon overcame Leitrim in their Connacht semi final with ease as margin of quality was there for all to see; the score finishing at 2-12 to 0-06.

Roscommon forwards Donie Shine and Conor Devaney got the goals that day, with Seanan Kilbride also weighing in, kicking five points and they will need to be on top form to beat a Mayo side that breezed past Galway in the second half after a woeful first half performance by both teams.

The conditions in Machale Park, Castlebar for Mayo and Galway’s semi final did not help matters but there was no excuse for Mayo’s first half showing; James Horan’s men only managed four points in the first 35 minutes.

Galway finished the first half 1-5 to 0-4 put it was a different Mayo team in the second period; they notched 11 points (one goal and eight points) on the scoreboard and Galway could only muster one single point in response.

The standard of football was quite poor overall however, with both teams missing a lot of chances, and Mayo will need to be in better form if they are to beat last year’s Connacht champions.

Mayo’s forwards will appreciate their manager not changing the line-up as the second half allowed them to get into the game more with Alan Freeman getting a goal and a point against Galway and the brothers Aidan and Seamus O’Shea steadying up the midfield after the scare they suffered at the hands of London.

Roscommon’s midfield is more experienced however, and Michael Finneran and Karol Mannion will be looking to test how well the O’Shea brothers can cope with their presence in the middle of the park.

Mayo will be looking at the history books for some encouragement as the last five championship clashes between these two teams have seen Mayo win four, and lose just one, the 2001 final.

Roscommon will be looking to forget their most previous encounter in the championship; the 2009 Connacht semi final saw Mayo hammer them 3-18 to 0-07.

The winners of this match will be crowned Connacht football champions and will go straight into the All-Ireland quarter finals while the losers will go into round 4 of the qualifiers.

Mayo team: Robert Hennelly; Keith Higgins, Alan Feeney, Tom Cunniffe; Richie Feeney, Donal Vaughan, Trevor Mortimer; Aidan O’Shea, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Alan Dillon (capt), Andy Moran; Cillian O’Connor, Alan Freeman, Jason Doherty.

Roscommon team: Geoffrey Claffey; Seán McDermott, Niall Carty , S Purcell; David Keenan, Peter Domican (capt), Donal Ward; Michael Finneran, Karol Mannion; Senan O’Grady, Kevin Higgins, Cathal Cregg; Conor Devaney, Senan Kilbride, Donal Shine.

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