Thursday 21 September 2017

Browne: Mayo have plenty to do despite Staunton's red-hot form

Mayo 3-20 Kildare 0-8

Sarah Rowe of Mayo in action against Dervla McGinn of Kildare during the TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship - Qualifier 4 match at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Photo: Sportsfile
Sarah Rowe of Mayo in action against Dervla McGinn of Kildare during the TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship - Qualifier 4 match at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Photo: Sportsfile

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Manager Frank Browne admits that Mayo have "buckets to work on" ahead of a crunch TG4 All-Ireland quarter-final with Ulster champions Donegal on August 19.

Almost five weeks after slumping to Galway in the Connacht final, a performance described by Browne as "an aberration," Mayo got their championship challenge back on track with a 21-point mauling of Kildare in Saturday's qualifier.

Mayo's inside trio of Sarah Rowe, Cora Staunton and Grace Kelly landed 3-17 between them - Staunton leading the way with 1-11.

Mayo were 1-8 to 0-5 clear at half-time, as Rowe netted in the second minute, but plucky Kildare gave them plenty to think about.

Ultimately, the Lilywhites were undone by the loss of captain Erica Burke to injury in the first half, while their leading player on the day, Róisín Byrne, was sin-binned in the second half.

Kildare opened the second half with three unanswered points.

But they wouldn't score again from the 34th minute - and Mayo registered 2-12 without reply to record an emphatic win.

Kelly was credited with a 44th-minute goal that appeared to go in off a Kildare defender, before Staunton found the net with three minutes of normal time remaining.

Browne admitted: "Buckets to work on. If we give Donegal the space that we gave Kildare in the first half, we'll be three goals down in the first ten minutes, and it will be game over."

Browne revealed that Mayo's players suffered in the aftermath of the Galway setback - when they were handed a ten-point spanking at Elvery's MacHale Park.

He said: "We were ferociously down in the dumps about it because we'd surrendered to Galway - and nobody likes doing that."

Scorers - Mayo: C Staunton 1-11 (8f), S Rowe 1-4, G Kelly 1-3, O Conlon, A Gilroy 0-1 each. Kildare: R Byrne 0-4 (2f), M Price 0-2, L Scully, N Dooley 0-1 each.

Mayo - Y Byrne; R Kearns, S Tierney, N O'Malley; F Doherty, O Conlon, M Corbett; M Carter, A Gilroy; F McHale, N Kelly, D Hughes; S Rowe, C Staunton, G Kelly. Subs: C Whyte for Gilroy (49), A Dowling for Doherty (56), S Howley for Hughes (60+2), N Moran for O'Malley (60+2), M McGing for N Kelly (60+3).

Kildare - M Hulgraine; R Cribbin, R Mernagh, R Reidy; L Scully, A Curley, T Duggan; E Burke, M Curley; N Sinnott, R Byrne, M Price; G Clifford, E Dowling, O Kirwan. Subs: A Horan for Burke (26), N Dooley for Dowling (h.t.), D McGinn for Kirwan (h.t.), Á Nash for Curley (54), S Doheny for Reidy (57).

Ref - S Joy (Kerry).

Irish Independent

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