A Desmond Conneely 45th minute goal not only saw Galway retain their Connacht minor crown with victory over Mayo at Pearse Stadium but also secured the Tribesmen their first back-to-back provincial title wins at this grade in over a decade.
From pillar to post, Galway led this one and when Conneely struck for that magnificent goal on the three-quarter mark, following great industry from Ernán McDonagh and Robert Finnerty, the issue was never in doubt.
So, it proved, with Galway continuing to hold the upper-hand, outscoring Mayo five points to four in the closing stage. Indeed, two of those Mayo points did not come until injury-time, at which point Galway eyes and minds were already wandering up the steps of the main stand and towards the lifting of the Kilcoyne Cup. Final score Galway 1-9 Mayo 0-6.
Galway: C. Haslem; E. Deeley, E. McDonagh, E. McFadden; F. Garvey, S. Mulkerrin, A. Quirke; S. Raftery, R. Murphy; R. Forde (0-1), E. Murphy (0-2), F. Ó Laoi; R. Finnerty (0-1, free), D. Conneely (1-4, 0-1 free), B. Goldrick. Subs: J. Maher (0-1) for R. Murphy (41 mins.); S. Thornton for F. Garvey (60 mins.)
Mayo: A. Byrne; C. Horan, D. Cosgrove, J. Cunnane; B. O’Malley, M. Macken, J. Maughan; C. Murphy, N. Moran; O. McLaughlin (0-1), R. O’Donoghue (0-2, frees), P. Lambert (0-1); C. Moran (0-1), R. Mac Aogáin, N. McGhee. Subs: C.
Stenson for C. Murphy, inj. (28 mins.); S. McGreal for N. McGhee (48 mins.); E.
Gibbons (0-1) for R. Egan (52 mins.); J. Healy for McLaughlin (56 mins.); L. Kelly for Horan (60 mins).
Referee: J. Gilmartin (Sligo).
Photograph: Galway minor captain Desmond Conneely raises the Kilcoyne Cup after their defeat of Mayo
The Galway Minor Football Team that defeated Mayo in the Connacht Final at Pearse Stadium.
Front Row: (left to right) Ryan Forde, Adam Quirke, Rory Cunningham, Fionnán Garvey, Desmond Conneely, Eoghan Deeley, Finian Ó Laoi, Barry Goldrick, Gavin Burke, Liam Boyle and Lee Kenny. Back row: (left to right) Jack Gavin, Dara Silke, Evan Murphy, Sean Mulkerrin, James Grealis, Cormac Haslem, Eoin McFadden, Robert Finnerty, Ernán McDonagh, Martin Kerrigan, Ross Murphy, Sean Raftery and Sean Thornton.