Thursday 29 September 2016

Galway shatter the Mayo dynasty and march on to Connacht decider

Published 18/06/2016 | 22:33

18 June 2016; Galway's players, including Thomas Flynn, Eddie Hoare, Shane Walsh and Eoghan Kerin celebrate with supporters following their side's victory in the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
18 June 2016; Galway's players, including Thomas Flynn, Eddie Hoare, Shane Walsh and Eoghan Kerin celebrate with supporters following their side's victory in the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

In arguably the most unheralded upset of the decade, Galway not only defeated Mayo, but scuppered their tilt for six Connacht titles in a row.

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Thomas Flynn’s second half major proved the telling blow for the Tribesmen at McHale in front of a crowd bordering on 22,000, and they’ll now meet Roscommon in the provincial finale.

Mayo responded well to an early Galway purple patch and were 0-08 to 0-06 to the good at the turn thanks to scores from Tom Parsons and Colm Boyle.

The underdogs fielded five debutants and a pair of them, Cillian O’Connor and Eamon Brannigan, registered scores when the action resumed.

However, Mayo were four points ahead with 20 minutes on the clock, but their profligacy, which included 10 first half wides, dictated that they never killed the contest.

Soon after, Flynn struck with a thumping effort having reclaimed a lax kick out. Smelling blood, Cummins and Conroy added to Galway’s tally.

O’Connor sent over a free for Mayo but Galway had long since shut up shop and held on for their piece of history.

Scorers: Galway - G Sice 0-4 (0-3f); T Flynn 1-0; E Brannigan 0-3; P Conroy 0-2; S Walsh, J Heaney and D Cummins 0-1 each.

Mayo: C O’Connor 0-6 (0-5f, 0-1 ’45); C Boyle, T Parsons, L Keegan, S Coen, J Doherty and E Regan (f) 0-1 each.

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