Wednesday 21 February 2018

Curran on target as Mayo have to dig deep

Mayo 5-8 Galway 2-11 (After extra-time)

Mayo had to dig deep before finally booking a place in the decider as they eventually saw off the Galway challenge in an entertaining clash at Dr Hyde Park.

Mayo seemed poised for success when Cian Hanley finished to the net to put Mayo a goal in front in the dying moments of regular time. But Galway rallied and points from Eoin McCormack and Michael Daly reduced the deficit before McCormack landed the equaliser in the final minute of stoppage time.

Earlier, Galway looked set for victory when they finished the first half level at 2-4 each after playing against the wind.

Goals from Niall Lee and Peter Cooke rocked Mayo but they hit back with Tommy Conroy getting his first goal and Darragh Doherty found the net after Conroy hit the post.

Mayo battled well and with the sides deadlocked after twice exchanging points, they hit the front when Hanley got a goal two minutes from the end, before Galway forced extra-time.

Galway again failed to make wind advantage count, managing just a point from Lee, and they were in serious trouble when Conor Loftus finished to the net to leave it 4-6 to 2-10 at the interval in extra-time. A couple of points from Liam Irwin frees increased Mayo's lead before Conroy wrapped up the issue with his second goal two minutes from the end to set up a final date with Roscommon.

Scorers – Mayo: T Conroy 2-2, L Irwin 0-5 (5fs), C Loftus 1-1, C Hanley, D Doherty 1-0 each. Galway: P Cooke 1-2 (1f), N Lee 1-1, E McCormack 0-4 (3fs, 1 '45), M Daly (1f), R Fahy, E Tierney, M P Mannion 0-1 each.

Mayo – M Mulligan; D Kenny, S Cunniffe, E Doran; R Finn, S Coen, M Hall; V Roughneen, D O'Connor; B Walsh, C Loftus, C Hanley; D Doherty, L Irwin, T Conroy. Subs: S Conlon for Finn (27), C Byrne for Doherty (51), S Burke for Walsh (54), M Plunkett for Hanley (61).

Galway – J Healy; L Burke, C Reilly, B Shaughnessy; N McDonagh, D Horan, C Brady; R Fahy, E Tierney; J Lyons, M Daly, P Cooke; N Lee, E McCormack, P Mannion. Subs: D Corbett for McDonagh (50), J Donnellan for Lee (53), S Lawless for Cooke (55), C Mannion for Lyons (60), C Raftery for Mannion (80).

Ref – R McBrien (Leitrim)

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