The Galway team to play Mayo in the Connacht U-20 Final in Tuam Stadium on Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm

1-Oran Burke

2-Ross Mahon

3-Seán Mulkerrin

4-Eoghan McFadden

5-Liam Boyle

6-Ciarán Potter

7-Jack Kirrane

8-Matthias Barrett

9-Michael Collins

10-Matthew Tierney

11-Gavin Burke

12-Ben O’Connell

13-Darragh Silke

14-Padraig Costello

15-Rory Cunningham

All-Ireland SFC Round 4 Qualifier

MAYO 2-13 GALWAY 1-13

By Declan Rooney at LIT Gaelic Grounds

James Carr hit two goals in the first-half as Mayo ended Galway’s championship hopes and secured their place in the All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final series following a pulsating Round 4 clash at LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Carr’s goals in the sixth and ninth minutes came when Mayo were most dominant, and although Galway stayed in touch thanks largely to Peter Cooke, Liam Silke saw his second-half penalty saved and Cillian O’Connor finished the job for Mayo in his first start of the year.

Shane Walsh cracked a late goal from a free, while Galway finished with 12 players when Ian Burke was sent off for a second yellow card offence and both John and Michael Daly was black carded in the final action. Mayo progress to the All-Ireland quarter-finals where they will face Kerry, Donegal and either Meath or Clare.

For the second game in a row Kevin Walsh revealed a late change at goalkeeper with Bernard Power getting the start ahead of Ruairí Lavelle, and further out the field Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Tom Flynn and Antaine Ó Laoi were left out. In came Declan Kyne for his first appearance since the FBD League, Sean Kelly and Eamonn Brannigan, both of whom have recently comeback back from lengthy injury lay-offs.

The alterations didn’t work early on though, and by the time Ó Ceallaigh was called from the bench in the 27th minute Galway were 2-6 to 0-4 in arrears following Mayo’s blistering start.

It was a whirlwind opening from Mayo, and their run was started following a free from O’Connor in the second minute. With Galway providing little protection to their full back line, O’Connor, Darren Coen and James Carr were well on top, and in the sixth minute Carr bagged the first goal for his side. It came from a Darren Coen shot that dropped short, but Power fumbled and Carr hammered home the rebound.

Galway were terrible in that opening 25 minutes. They were out-muscled by Mayo in the tackle, stood off their markers and were unable to create ample opportunities at the other end.

Finally they got off the mark in the eight minute when Gary O’Donnell pointed from an acute angle when the move looked to have petered out, and a minute later the excellent Peter Cooke kicked his first point of the half. He ended the first half with four points from open play and it was his efforts that spurred Galway on to an improved end to the half.

But before that Mayo ran riot. Their second goal came in the ninth minute when Paddy Durcan picked up a David Clarke kick-out on the right. The ball was claimed by Carr on the right wing, and after a 50-metre run without hardly being touched by a Galway player, he cracked the top corner of Power’s net with a super strike.

With O’Connor perfect from frees Mayo were in cruise control, but once Galway tightened up at the back when John Daly dropped deep, Kevin Walsh’s side began to improve. Cillian McDaid pointed well from the left either side of excellent Cooke points, and had Shane Walsh’s free in added-time not hit the post and bounced clear Galway would have been happy to only trail by five. Instead Mayo led 2-7 to 0-7 at the break.

Damien Comer was introduce off the bench for the second half to a rousing reception from the Galway followers in the 19,183 in attendance, and straight away he got stuck in when he added a fist to a dropping ball, only for it to crash off the post.

Mayo’s response was to kick two points in a row through the Coen brothers, Darren and Stephen, but Galway lifted their challenge again with three of the next four scores, the pick of the bunch coming from Eamonn Brannigan on the right.

Twenty minutes from time Galway only trailed by six points when Ian Burke was upended in the large parallelogram. Liam Silke stepped up to take the kick, but David Clarke dived to his left and clawed it away at his ease.

But Galway were undeterred. Shane Walsh kicked the resulting 45 and Brannigan kicked his second point to close the gap to four, while Kieran Molloy scored with his first touch after his introduction to make it 2-10 to 0-13.

Mayo had gone 17 minutes without a score until Darren Coen converted, and when O’Connor drilled over a free from almost 50 metres that sealed it for James Horan’s side.

Scorers for Mayo: James Carr 2-0, Cillian O’Connor 0-6 (5f), Darren Coen 0-3, Kevin McLoughlin 0-1, Stephen Coen 0-1, Jason Doherty 0-1, Donal Vaughan 0-1

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 1-3 (1-2f, 1 45), Peter Cooke 0-4, Eamonn Brannigan 0-2, Cillian McDaid 0-1, Gary O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Daly 0-1, Kieran Molloy 0-1

MAYO: David Clarke; Keith Higgins, Chris Barrett, Brendan Harrison; Colm Boyle, Patrick Durcan, Donal Vaughan; Stephen Coen, Aidan O’Shea; Fionn McDonagh, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty; James Carr, Darren Coen, Cillian O’Connor. Subs: Ciaran Treacy for McLoughlin (50), Evan Regan for Carr (55), Lee Keegan for O’Connor (62), Michael Plunkett for Doherty (69), Eoin O’Donoghue for Durcan (73), Seamie O’Shea for Vaughan (76).

GALWAY: Bernard Power; Eoghan Kerin, Declan Kyne, Liam Silke; Gary O’Donnell, John Daly, Seán Kelly; Cillian McDaid, Peter Cooke; Johnny Heaney, Shane Walsh, Michael Daly; Martin Farragher, Ian Burke, Eamonn Brannigan. Subs: Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh for Kerin (27), Damien Comer for Kelly (half-time), Antaine Ó Laói for Farragher (43), Tom Flynn for McDaid (56), Kieran Molloy for Heaney (60), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (66).

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan).



Galway 1-17

Mayo 1-18

By Brían Mangan

A Frank Irwin penalty in the second period of extra time ultimately proved to be the key score in a magnificent Connacht Minor Final in which Mayo edged out old rivals Galway by a single point. In the end it was sheer determination that earned them the victory in a game of high drama, and they will now progress to face the Leinster runners up in the All Ireland Quarter Final on the last weekend in July. It was as good a game as you could hope to see in which Galway played their part, and they will look to pick themsleves and go again when they play the Leinster Champions on the same weekend.

The first half went by in a blur, with Galway racing into a 6-2 lead in the fifteenth minute with Cian Hernon and Ethan Fiorentini very influential in the half back line. Mayo battled back admirably to reel in Galway and kick 8 of the next 11 points however to leave the sores level at 9 all at the half time whistle. Mayo started with big Ray Walsh at the edge of the square and it was obvious from the first minute that their tactic was to rain ball down on top of him and get their speedy forwards off him feeding on the breaks. In the first period Tomo Culhane accounted for 6 of Galway’s scores, 5 of them coming from frees and he was definitely Galway’s main threat up front. Mayo spread their scores more evenly, with Ethan Henry, the industrious Ciaran Mylett and the classy Frank Irwin all kicking a brace. Mayo would have been kicking themselves in the dressing room at half time however as they led by 2 in injury time only to give away two careless frees on the stroke of half time, which Culhane easily converted.

The second half picked up just where the first half left off, with end to end action and full blooded commitment from the first minute. Some of the football played was top quality, with the points kicked towards the end under the most intense of pressure a joy to witness. Both teams had their spells of dominance and at different periods in the half they both looked like winners, but Tomo Culhanes ice cool equaliser at the death meant for a fair result. Ethan Henry sent the huge Mayo crowd wild a minute before when he kicked what looked like the winner with his third 45 of the match deep in injury time, but they were unable to hang on. Full back Ruairí King raced 60 metres to lash over the opening score 2 mins into the 2ndhalf, and from here on in it was helter skelter and never let up. Ethan Henry kicked some super scores for Mayo, and he seemed to respond with a score at the most crucial times whenever Galway edged in front. James McLaughlin also stormed into the contest in the second half, lording it at midfield and winning everything that came near him. Dylan Brady kicked a huge score for Galway in the 18th minute, but such an exciting game was inevitably going to to result in extra time, 0-15 each the full time score.

Somehow, extra time managed to surpass normal time for excitement. In the 3rd minute of the first half, Tomo Culhane rifled home a penalty after his exquisite pass made the space for Niall Cunningham, who was hauled down. Galway were now 4 up, and looked set for victory. The outstanding Dylan Thornton pointed his second however on the stroke of half time to leave the score 1-17 t 0-17, just a goal between them and the game very much alive. Paul Walsh got the first score of the game at the beginning of the second half, surprising considering he scored 4-1 in the previous game. Then came the crucial score, and it was another penalty. A high ball in saw John Grady pushed in the square, and Frank Irwin made no mistake, rifling the penalty home high to Hallerans left. The physical toll of the game eventually caught up to the players at the very end, with many going down with cramp after the incredible effort put in. Try as they might Galway couldn’t get the point that would force penalties, and Mayo held out for a famous win after the game of the year, their first since the competition changed to U17.

Galway: D Halleran, J McGrath, R King (0-1), L Tevnan, C Hernon, E Fiorentini, D McNulty (0-1), J McLoughlin (0-1 45’), D O’Flaherty, E Nolan (0-1), D Cox (0-2), D Brady (0-1), N Grainger (0-1), T Culhane (1-9, 1-7fs), W Seoige (0-1) SUBS R Burke, N Cunningham, D Kennedy, S McGrath, C Gallagher, D Cox, A Naughton, J Webb, N Grainger

Mayo: L Jennings, O McHale, O Tunney, A Cosgrave, S Dempsey (0-1), R Keane, E Gilraine (0-1), P Heneghan, E Henry (0-6, 0-3 45’s), C Mylett (0-2), R Hughes, D Thornton (0-1), P Walsh (0-1), R Walsh, F Irwin (1-2, 1-0 pen) SUBS R Morrin (0-2), J Grady (0-1), E Murphy, C O’Connell, C Reid, S Callinan, C Mylett, R Hughes

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The Galway team to play Mayo on Saturday in Limerick is as follows:

1-Ruairi Lavelle

2-Eoghan Kerin

3-Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh

4-Liam Silke

5-Gary O’Donnell

6- Cillian McDaid

7- John Daly

8-Tomas Flynn

9-Michael Daly

10-Peter Cooke

11 Shane Walsh

12-Johnny Heaney

13-Aintaine Ó Laoi

14-Martin Farragher

15-Ian Burke


Galway 0-17

Roscommon 1-7

By Brían Mangan

In beautiful July sunshine in Kiltoom tonight, Galway had too much class and firepower for a Roscommon side who came with a game plan to frustrate this talented Galway outfit, which while working for periods of the first half was unable to keep them out for the whole game. The Rossies battled courageously for the 60 minutes and gave a very good account of themselves, but it will be Galway who will contest the Connacht Under 20Final against Mayo in Tuam next Wednesday night after a 7point victory which they richly deserved.

Roscommon started with two sweepers in Niall Higgins and captain Dylan Ruane deep in their own half trying to plug the holes in their defence which led to them conceding a lot of goals in their games up to now. Ruane is better known as a marksman (he scored 1-7 last week against Leitrim) and he handled lots of ball around the middle for the Rossies, but they certainly missed his cutting edge upfront as they didn’t score a point from play until the 31st minute. Galway led three nil in the tenth minute with a point each from their lethal full forward line of Darragh Silke, Padraig Costello and Rory Cunningham before goalkeeper Aaron Brady opened the Roscommon account with the sweetest of 45s. Roscommon spurned a golden opportunity for a goal after 7 minutes however when a brilliant Padraig Halpin pass from the half way line found Paul Carey on the penalty spot. The Padraig Pearses man didn’t realise how much time he had however and his rushed attempt was well saved by Oran Burke. Roscommon then received a welcome present in the 14th minute when Oran Burke lost Gerry Galvins mis- hit attempt at a point in the sun, resulting in a freak goal and putting Roscommon a point up out of nowhere. Matthew Tierney was the outstanding player on view, fetching spectacularly and kicking 3 beautiful first half points, including 2 monster frees off the deck. The Tribesmen had 7 different scorers in the first half including a fine fisted effort from Ross Mahon and a great score by the speedy Liam Costello who made a big impact when he was introduced midway through the first half. Galway had a five point cushion at the half time break, leading 0-11 to 1-3 after being thoroughly dominant.

It felt at half time like Padraic Joyce’s men would come out and blow Roscommon out of the water in the second half, but only had one class Rory Cunningham effort scored in the twentieth minute of the half, as Roscommon had narrowed the gap to 3 through sheer grit and determination. The move of Ruane in near the goals to support Paul Carey in there was a big improvement as he won lots of ball and provided more of a threat, as two nice Ronan Dowd frees and  abrilliant James Fitzpatrick effort where he showed massive strength and balance to shrug off his marker gave the home crowd hope that they could cause a shock. Galway woke from their slumber however and rattled off 4 fast points to put the result beyond doubt with Cunningham and Darragh Silke kicking fine scores in this period. There was one more moment of drama when Roscommon were awarded a penalty as the clock ticked into injury time. Any brief hope they held of staging a comeback was quickly extinguished however when Brian Derwin blazed the penalty over, and Galway were never troubled thereafter. Matthias Barrett at midfield and Liam Boyle at wing back were other Galway players who impressed in the immaculate conditions for football on the evening for the Tribesmen. Roscommon although defeated can be proud of their efforts as they fought ferociously all through against a fancied Galway and with 10 minutes to go were well in the game.

Referee: Jerome Henry

ROSCOMMON: A Brady (0-1, 0-1 45’), E Killoran, E Flynn, R Dolan, M Conroy, N Higgins, G Galvin (1-0), D Sumner, P Halpin, D Keenan, R Dowd (0-3, 0-2fs), J Fitzpatrick, P Carey (0-1f), D Ruane SUBS C Lawless, S Hanly, T Lambe, B Derwin (0-1 pen), C Corcoran, T O’Rourke

GALWAY: O Burke, R Mahon (0-1), S Mulkerrin, E McFadden, L Boyle (0-1), C Potter, J Kirrane, M Barrett, M Collins, M Tierney (0-2fs), G Burke, B O’Connell, D Silke (0-3fs), P Costello (0-2, 0-1f)), R Cunningham (0-4) SUB L Costello (0-2), J Glynn, T Gill, E Mannion (0-1), C Newell, J Reilly

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