Saturday 22 September 2018

Conroy cracker seals trophy for Mayo

Mayo 3-16 Roscommon 1-6 (Eirgrid Connacht U20 FC final)

Mayo players celebrate with the cup after their EirGrid Connacht GAA Football U20 Championship final victory over Roscommon. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Mayo players celebrate with the cup after their EirGrid Connacht GAA Football U20 Championship final victory over Roscommon. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Mayo produced a devastating final quarter to become the inaugural winners of the series at Dr Hyde Park yesterday.

Two goals in as many minutes from Conor Diskin and Tommy Conroy underlined the winners' superiority as Mike Solan's charges made their possession and quality count against a Roscommon side that finished with 13 players.

Playing with the wind, the Rossies made a bright start with a couple of Cian McKeon points, but Mayo hit back with four points from full-forward Ross Egan and one from wing-back Paul Lambert.

Roscommon wing-back Aidan Dowd then hit the net, but Mayo hit back with a goal of their own when Ryan O'Donoghue was scythed down by Lorcan Daly, and the Mayo captain dusted himself down to convert the resultant penalty, giving his side a 1-5 to 1-3 interval lead.

By the 43rd minute, Mayo still led by two points - and they went for the jugular. Sub Colm Moran fired over before Conor Diskin scored his goal. Evan O'Brien added a point shortly afterwards before Tommy Conroy danced his way along the endline and lashed the ball into the net.

O'Donoghue and Lambert continued to cause havoc as Egan (3), Lambert (2), Moran and Stephen McGreal kicked points to see Mayo home.

Ryan O'Donoghue scores Mayo's first goal from a penalty. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Ryan O'Donoghue scores Mayo's first goal from a penalty. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Scorers - Mayo: R Egan 0-8 (6f), P Lambert 0-3, R O'Donoghue (1-0 pen), C Diskin, T Conroy 1-0 each, C Moran 0-2, P O'Malley ('45), E O'Brien, S McGreal 0-1 each

Roscommon: C McKeon (3f) 0-4, A Dowd 1-0, A Brady (1f, 1 '45) 0-2

Mayo - P O'Malley; J Maughan, B O'Malley, J Cunnane; P Lambert, O Mullin, C Horan; J Flynn, E O'Brien; N Moran, R O'Donoghue, O McLaughlin; C Diskin, R Egan, T Conroy. Subs: C Moran for McLaughlin (41), J Dawson for Mullin (44), J Gallagher for Conroy (53), S McGreal for Diskin (53), S Óg Tigue for Nolan (60), B O'Neill for Cunnane (60)

Roscommon - A Brady; D Duff, L Mollahan, L Daly; A Dowd, E Flynn, D Nerney; D McManus, E Nolan; K Murphy, C McKeon, D Ruane; P Carey, B Derwin, G Byrne. Subs: G Galvin for Daly (28, b/c), C Sugrue for Byrne (28), C Corcoran for Ruane (48), M Conroy for Nerney (50), C Fahey for Derwin (50), D Kildea for McManus (60)

Mayo goalkeeper Patrick O'Malley keeps control of the ball. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Mayo goalkeeper Patrick O'Malley keeps control of the ball. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ref - B Judge (Sligo)

Mayo's Tommy Conroy is tackled by Aidan Dowd of Roscommon. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Mayo's Tommy Conroy is tackled by Aidan Dowd of Roscommon. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Mayo's Aaron Murphy kicks wide under pressure from Luke Mollahan and Roscommon goalkeeper Aaron Brady. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Mayo's Aaron Murphy kicks wide under pressure from Luke Mollahan and Roscommon goalkeeper Aaron Brady. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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