Three-goal Mayo make it four-in-a-row in Connacht
Published 13/07/2014 | 15:46
Mayo made it four Connacht titles in a row for the first time since 1951 with a 3-14 to 0-16 win over rivals Galway in Castlebar.
There were 17 points between the sides last year but Galway served up a stiffer challenge this time around with Shane Walsh extremely effective.
Goals were the key for Mayo and in truth they could have had more than the three they ended up with.
Michael Lundy gave the Tribesmen an early lead but James Horan's men had the elements in their favour and soon asserted their dominance.
Cillian O'Connor (2), Alan Dillon and Kevin McLoughlin raised white flags for Mayo before Shane Walsh responded.
The reigning Connacht champions put some daylight between the sides O'Connor and McLoughlin again on target before Lee Keegan marauded forward and stole in for a goal.
Cillian O'Connor was continuing to impress along with McLoughlin and they both added to their personal tallies.
Danny Cummins grabbed a point just before the half-time whistle but Galway trailed by seven points.
They could have been right back in it within seconds of the restart as Shane Walsh broke through the centre of the Mayo defence before hammering his shot off the crossbar, the ball rebounded back to him and he had to settle for a point.
Galway added further points through Paul Conroy and Gareth Bradshaw before Jason Doherty and Paul Lundy swapped points and teh Mayo lead was down to four points.
Cillian O'Connor and Lee Keegan hit points for Mayo who were finding their feet in the second period.
An opportunistic goal from Jason Doherty put Mayo nine ahead but Galway rallied once more and scored three without reply from Shane Walsh (2) and Sean Armstrong.
Cillian O'Connor seventh point of the game was cancelled out by Shane Walsh before Mayo got their third goal as Barry Moran palmed the ball in off the crossbar.
Shane Walsh pointed beautifully under pressure before Paul Conroy was pulled down in the area for a penalty but Robbie Hennelly dived low to his right to save.
Conroy and O'Connor exchanged scores before Sean Armstrong grabbed his second score but Mayo ran out deserving winners.