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Great start to the day for Galway football as they dismiss Mayo to win Connacht minor title

A second successive provincial minor title for Galway out west.

Mayo's Paul Lambert with Galway's Eoghan Deeley
Mayo's Paul Lambert with Galway's Eoghan Deeley
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Galway 1-9
Mayo 0-6

DESMOND CONNEELY STARRED for Galway as they overcame Mayo in the Electric Ireland Connacht minor football championship final in Pearse Stadium today.

Conneely helped himself to 1-4 as Galway claimed their second Connacht minor title in as many years.

Galway had the wind behind them for the first half and opened the scoring through Desmond Conneely on four minutes and a pointed free each from Robert Finnerty and Conneely saw them lead 0-3 to 0-0 after 12 minutes.

Evan Murphy continued Galway’s dominance with a well-taken score after the home side won a turnover from Mayo to lead 0-4 to 0-0 with nine first half minutes remaining.

Mayo finally got on the scoreboard in the 24th minute as Oisín McLaughlin split the posts after taking a pass from Colm Moran and Ryan O’Donoghue opened his account from a free with a minute to go in the first half meaning the visitors trailed 0-4 to 0-2 at the interval.

Mayo enjoyed plenty of possession at the beginning of the second half but couldn’t convert their chances. Conor Stenson rattled the post in the 39th minute with Cormac Haslem well beaten in the Galway goal.

But Galway bagged the crucial score in the 45th minute as Conneely flicked the ball to the net after good build up play from Ernán McDonagh and Robert Finnerty.

Desmond Conneeley celebrates scoring his sides first goal Desmond Conneely celebrates scoring Galway's goal Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

From the Mayo kick-out, Galway added a point to their tally as substitute Dara Silke fisted the ball over the bar to extend Galway’s lead to 1-5 to 0-2.

O’Donoghue replied for Mayo with a score from play but the impressive Conneely tagged on two more points to give Galway a commanding lead going into the closing stages.

Mayo outscored Galway by three points to two in the last four minutes but Galway held on to secure a deserved victory.

Stephen Joyce Galway minor manager Stephen Joyce Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Scorers for Galway: Desmond Conneely 1-4 (0-1f); Evan Murphy 0-2; Ryan Forde, Robert Finnerty (0-1f) & Dara Silke 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: Ryan O’Donoghue 0-2 (0-1f); Paul Lambert, Oisín McLaughlin, Colm Moran & Ethan Gibbons 0-1 each.

Galway

1. Cormac Haslem (Glenamaddy)

2. Eoghan Deeley (Salthill-Knocknacarra)
3. Seán Mulkerrin (Aran Islands)
4. Eoin McFadden (Salthill-Knocknacarra)

5. Adam Quirke (Annaghdown)
6. Ernán McDonagh (Barna)
7. Fionnán Garvey (Monivea-Abbey)

8. Seán Raftery (Glenamaddy)
9. Ross Murphy (Barna)

14. Finian Ó Laoi (An Spidéal)
11. Evan Murphy (Salthill-Knocknacarra)
12. Ryan Forde (Annaghdown)

13. Robert Finnerty (Salthill-Knocknacarra)
15. Desmond Conneely (Moycullen)
10. Barry Goldrick (Claregalway)

Subs

24. Dara Silke (Corofin) for Ross Murphy (41)
21. Seán Thornton (Killanin) for Garvey (60)

Mayo

1. Adam Byrne (Aghamore)

2. Cathal Horan (Kilmovee)
3. Donovan Cosgrove (Kiltimagh)
4. John Cunnane (Ballyhaunis)

7. John Maughan (Castlebar Mitchels)
6. Matthew Macken (Claremorris)
5. Brian O’Malley (Westport)

8. Colm Murphy (Balla)
9. Nathan Moran (Hollymount/Carramore)

10. Paul Lambert (Westport)
11. Ross Egan (Aghamore)
12. Oisín McLaughlin (Westport)

13. Colm Moran (Westport)
14. Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet)
15. Nathan McGhee (Shrue/Glencorrib)

Subs

19. Conor Stenson (Castlebar Mitchels) for Murphy (29)
20. Stephen McGreal (Claremorris) for McGhee (49)
23. Ethan Gibbons (Castlebar Mitchels) for Egan (53)
18. Liam Kelly (Kiltimagh) for Horan (60)

Referee: John Gilmartin (Sligo)

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