Mayo to play Roscommon in Connacht final

Updated: June 27, 2011

Mayo booked themselves a place in the final of the Connacht Senior Football Championship with a win over Galway at MacHale Park in Castlebar, the final score standing at 1-12 to 1-06.

Mayo’s second half performance saw them hammer a Galway side who only managed a single point in the second 35 minutes as Mayo notched up a goal and eight points.

The game got off to a dismal start with both teams kicking chances wide and it took eight minutes before the first point was scored by Mayo’s Robert Hennelly.

Mayo manager James Horan made six changes to the team that only just beat London in the previous round of the Connacht championship and those changes didn’t seem to make much of a difference in the first half as Galway led by 1-05 to 0-4 by the end of the first 35 minutes.
Two of Mayo’s first four points were scored by their goalkeeper Hennelly and the game was marred by poor playing conditions and wasteful shooting, with Jason Doherty and Trevor Mortimer getting the other two points for Mayo.
Galway scored the first goal through Paul Conroy just before half time and Cormac Bane kicked four points with Padraig Joyce also getting a point for the Tribesmen to go into the break with a four point lead.
It seemed Mayo hadn’t really turned up in the first half but they looked a different team for the second half as they stormed past the Galway team who could only muster one point through Owen Concannon.
Mayo kicked five points consecutively within the opening 15 minutes of the second half to take the lead with the scores standing at 0-09 to 1-05 and the Mayo forward line seemed to be waking up; Kevin McLoughlin kicking two points with Alan Dillon, Cillian O’Connor and Alan Freeman getting their names on the score sheet before Andy Moran put Mayo in the lead with a point in the 50th minute.

Mayo’s scoring spree was peppered with misses and wides from Galway and Concannon got the Tribesman’s only point in the 54th minute after he should have really put the ball in the back of the net, but still restored parity to the score line.

The score didn’t stay level for long when Alan Freeman put Mayo three points ahead with a goal in the 56th minute after he beat Galway keeper Adrian Faherty at his near post when Moran put him through with a hand pass to make the score 1-09 to 1-06.

Mayo went on to put a further gloss on their victory with three more points courtesy of Freeman, Ronan McGarrity and Enda Varley, who topped off the win with a point in injury time.
Mayo proved the difference between the two teams in the second half and they will need to play in a similar way to beat reigning Connacht champions Roscommon in July.

Connacht SFC semi-final
Galway 1-06 1-12 Mayo, McHale ParkFT

Match Tracker
70+2 Enda Varley seals it for Mayo. Full time
70+1 Looks like Mayo will meet Roscommon in the Connaught final in three weeks.
70min Two minutes injury time.
68min Clancy wins a 45′
67min P Joyce another wide for Galway
66min Ronan McGarrity kicks Mayo five up.
65min Alan Freeman kicks a point for Mayo.
62min The conditions are getting worse, no score for last five minutes.
58min Alan Freeman kicks a goal for Mayo.
56min Mayo win a 45′. Michael Meehan comes on for Galway.
54min Shocking play by Owen Concannon, who hits the ball over the bar when it was easier to kick it into the back of it.
52min Two wides in a row for Galway.
50min Andy Moran kicks Mayo into the lead.
46min Kevin McLoughlin kicks Mayo level.
44min Alan Dillon kicks another wide.
43min Its all Mayo in the second half.
41min O’Connor gets mayo to within a point.
40min Alan Freeman gets a point after the keeper pushes his shot over the bar.
40min Adrian Faherty kicks the 45′ wide.
39min Galway win a 45′ the Galway keeper is going to take it.
38min Alan Dillon is brought down for a free and he kicks it over himself.
37min Kevin McLoughlin hits a horrible wide for Mayo.
36min Lets hope the second half is better than the first, Mayo have the breeze in the 2nd half.
34min Paul Conroy gets his first ever championship goal for Galway.
33min Joe Bergin is down injured, he may have to go off.
32min Trevor Mortimor kicks a nice point from play for Mayo.
31min Mayo hit another poor free.
30min Cormac Bane kicks a free, Galway lead by two.
28min Alan Dillon hits an easy free into the keepers hands.
27min Nice point from play for P Joyce.
25min Major mix up in Galway defence, ball out for 45′, R Hennelly kicks it over.
24min R Hennelly misses the free for Mayo
24min Cormac Bane makes it three points on the day.
20min Very poor match so far with both teams kicking very poor wides.
18min Poor wide from a free by Aiden O’Shea
15min J Doherty levels the match.
13min Cormac Bane double the Galway lead.
11min Shocking wide by Gary O’Donnell, it should of at worst been a point.
10min Cormac Bane hits a free for Galway to level the match.
9min Wide from P Joyce
8min R Hennelly kicks the first point for Mayo
6min Alan Dillion with his second wide for Mayo.
5min Still no score in what has to be said is a poor first five minutes
0min There is a very strong breeze here in McHale park so the toss is going to be vital. Both teams will surly want to play with the wind and get a good start.

Galway: Adrian Faherty; Alan Burke; Colin Forde; Johnny Duane; Gary O’Donnell; Greg Higgins; Gary Sice; Joe Bergin; Finian Hanley; Owen Concannon; Mark Hehir; Garreth Bradshaw; Padraig Joyce; Paul Conroy; Cormac Bane.

Mayo: R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, A Feeney, K Higgins; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; S O’Shea, A O’Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; C O’Connor, A Freeman, J Doherty.

Mayo will clash with Galway in the Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final on Sunday in MacHale Park, Castlebar; throw in at 2pm.

The winners of Sunday’s game will be hopeful of getting a result in the Connacht final against Roscommon, and Mayo have made six changes to the side that scraped past London in the quarter final at the end of May.

In midfield, brothers Aidan and Seamus O’Shea will take the places of James Kilcullen and Jason Gibbons as Mayo Manager James Horan looks to shake things up after the close shave against London, in which the Mayo men needed extra-time to eventually beat the Exiles by 0-19 to 2-10.
Trevor Mortimer and Keith Higgins have been drafted in to sure up the defence as Dermot Geraghty and Chris Barrett miss out on the starting line-up.

Mortimer made an appearance late on in the quarter final against London and will come in at left half-back as Higgins returns to his usual position of full back.

The final two changes made by Horan are up front; Trevor Howley has been dropped at right corner-forward in favour of Cillian O’Connor and Kevin McLoughlin comes in at right half-forward in the place of Aidan Campbell.

Galway manager Tomas O’Flatharta has handed starts to four senior championship newcomers in the form of defenders Colin Forde, Johnny Duane, Greg Higgins and centre forward Mark Hehir.
Galway will be looking for a fresh start to the championship after getting relegated from the football league first division following a poor season, winning only once and losing five games, including a defeat at the hand of Sunday’s opponents Mayo in a game that ended 2-14 to 0-12 in Tuam.

Mayo narrowly avoided relegation themselves and both teams will be trying to put their league campaigns behind them with a good performance on Sunday.

Galway: Adrian Faherty; Alan Burke; Colin Forde; Johnny Duane; Gary O’Donnell; Greg Higgins; Gary Sice; Joe Bergin; Finian Hanley; Owen Concannon; Mark Hehir; Garreth Bradshaw; Padraig Joyce; Paul Conroy; Cormac Bane.

Mayo: R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, A Feeney, K Higgins; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; S O’Shea, A O’Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; C O’Connor, A Freeman, J Doherty.


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