Monday 20 November 2017

The game at a glance

Andy Moran (Mayo): A few candidates deserve mention in the Mayo defence, chiefly Richie Feeney, but the winners' third-quarter surge was fashioned by the industry and awareness of Moran who was busy throughout.

He set up the goal and two of the first three points that turned the screw on Galway.

Turning point

Once Mayo resumed with such drive after half-time, this match was always turning in their direction. Cillian O'Connor's point on 41 minutes had the feel of a team whose command was growing.

Talking point

The wretched state of Connacht football is probably impossible to avoid discussing at this stage. Or maybe more appropriate is the wretched state of this Galway senior team. Their 1-6 tally was their lowest in a Connacht championship match against Mayo since 1992.

Ref watch

In general, the standard of officiating has been quite good so far this season and Rory Hickey did nothing to deviate in any way from that summation. He may have given Mayo a penalty in the 42nd minute when Jason Doherty appeared to be checked by Adrian Faherty, but that would probably be splitting hairs.

What they said

James Horan (Mayo manager):

"We just kept going and kept playing. We got stronger and stronger throughout the game, so we're delighted with that."

Tomas O Flatharta (Galway manager):

"Where we lost it was out around the middle third. We weren't getting the breaking ball, even a lot of ball they were getting, we presented it to the Mayo lads. We gave easy passes away and they got about 1-4 out of it."

Match Statistics

Wides: Mayo 12 (9); Galway 10 (3)

Frees: Mayo 21 (10); Galway 24 (9)

Yellow Cards: Mayo 4 (T Cunniffe 12, A O'Shea 14, C O'Connor 31, K Higgins 36); Galway 2 ( M Meehan 60, P Joyce 69).

Attendance: 19,375

What next?

Mayo play Roscommon in the Connacht final on Sunday, July 17; Galway face Meath in the second round of qualifiers on Saturday, July 9.

Irish Independent

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