McGing strike puts Mayo in driving seat
Mayo 1-12 Kilkenny 0-8
An impressive opening 20 minutes from Mayo that saw them fire 1-5 without reply laid the foundations for a win over Kilkenny to send them through to the All-Ireland JFC final.
They left Tullamore on Saturday as convincing winners as Kilkenny failed to deal with their firepower up front. The Kilkenny men did rise a gallop before the break with four points but that was in response to Damien McGing's low strike to the net that helped Mayo to a 1-5 to 0-0 lead. Mayo added another through Gavin Conway to move them to 1-6 to 0-1 before Kilkenny's late burst saw Mayo lead 1-6 to 0-4 at the break.
Kilkenny started the second half brightly and got another score back but Ronan Malee and Gavin Conway were a constant threat up front for Mayo and the Cats had no answer for the duo in the second half, as they kicked 0-5 with a brace from Malee putting them 1-9 to 0-6 ahead.
Kilkenny kept up the fight and a Conor McDonald point from play left it a four-point game with eight minutes remaining. However, it was Mayo who finished the stronger.
Scorers - Mayo: D McGing 1-3 (1f), G Conway 0-4, R Malee 0-3, J Hutton & C Freeman 0-1 each. Kilkenny: M Malone & C Roche (2fs) 0-2 each, P Donnelly, M Bolger ('45), P McConigley & Conor McDonald 0-1 each.
Mayo - B Forkan; B Leonard, B Moran, P Barrett; S Gaughan, D McHugh, M Barrett; P Collins, P Feerick; D Durcan, C Freeman, G Conway; D McGing, J Hutton, R Malee. Subs: E Collins for M Barrett (h-t), M Togher for Durcan (h-t), D Healy for P Barrett (41), E O'Donoghue for Leonard (50), B Carr for Feerick (56), D Joyce for McGing (59).
Kilkenny - JJ O'Sullivan; S Duncan, B Aylward, N Darcy; J Fennelly, P McConigley, P Roche; M Malone, J Culleton; D Herity, C Roche, Cormac McDonald; M Bolger, P Donnelly, B Egan. Subs: D Lyng for McDonald (h-t), JJ Grace for Lyng (BC, 38), Conor McDonald for Fennelly (41), J Shieley for Bolger (50), D O'Connor for Donnelly (59).
Ref - F Barry (Kildare)
All Ireland JFC Semi Final