Subs' strikes see Mayo through
Mayo 2-10 Wexford 0-10
Two second-half goals helped swing the tide for Mayo in Tullamore on Saturday as they had six points to spare over Wexford in qualifying for an All-Ireland Junior football final clash with Kerry.
Conor Keane and Sean Gaughan were both second-half substitutes for Mayo and their goals in the 43rd and 50th minute respectively gave them a cushion that proved too big for Wexford to overcome.
Mayo were the better team and deserved their victory, but that first goal from Keane really turned the game on its head.
Darren Coen found the range with six points for the men from the West. They commanded a 0-7 to 0-4 half-time lead, having played against the wind. Coen landed four of those points, but Wexford were staying in touch and a free in first-half stoppage time from Niall Harney left the Model County three adrift.
Wexford had gotten back level, thanks in no small part to the free-taking of Conor Sinnott, and took the lead on 40 minutes with a point from Paul Curtis, but a strike from Keane put Mayo 1-7 to 0-8 ahead on 43 minutes and they never looked back.
Gaughan fired their second goal with 10 minutes to go, while points from Brian Reape and Coen saw out the final stages as an impressive Mayo march on.
Scorers: Mayo: D Coen 0-6 (3f), S Gaughan and C Keane 1-0 each, B Reape 0-2, A Farrell and K Gibbons 0-1 each. Wexford: C Sinnott 0-3 ( 3f), P Curtis and N Harney (1f) 0-2 each, T Byrne, J Stafford and E Roche 0-1 each.
Mayo- M Flanagan; E Doran, N Freeman, E O'Donoghue; B Duffy, J Kelly, J Forkan; M Forde, M Togher; B Reape, P Collins, K Gibbons; D Coen, A Farrell, R Mallee. Subs: S Gaughan for J Forkan (h-t), C Keane for P Collins (h-t), R Doherty for R Mallee (48), C Reape for B Reape (BC 60).
Wexford - T Hughes; P O'Keeffe, J Barron, S Barden; R Barron, S Doyle, P Curtis; G Malone, E Roche; N Harney, J Carty, J Stafford; I Carty, S Ryan, C Sinnott. Subs: T Byrne for C Roche (23), A Parle for S Ryan( inj 30), J Firman for S Doyle (48), J Murphy for A Parle (57), J Connors for R Barron (59), T Byrne for I Carty (59).
Ref - B Tiernan (Dublin)