Galway survive in bizarre finale
Galway 1-7 Mayo 0-9
Galway held off a Mayo rally to retain their Connacht JFC crown in a confusing finish at Pearse Stadium.
A Mayo point, which was disallowed for a square ball, was signalled as a point by the scoreboard operator in the closing minutes with Mayo presuming they had forced extra-time when Justin Healy pointed in the fourth minute of injury-time.
But Galway's victory was confirmed by referee Brendan Healy and officials in a game where they never trailed. They led by 1-3 to 0-2 at the break, having played with the wind with Thomas Gleeson scoring 1-2.
Mayo didn't score until Darragh Keavney pointed after 25 minutes and they failed to score in the third quarter when they had the wind.
Mayo finally got moving and hit the next three points from Carr (two), Ronan Conlon and Pádraig Prendergast but amid the confusion over the score, they were unable to force the game to extra-time.
SCORERS - Galway: T Gleeson 1-2; M Day, D Morrin, P O'Donnell, C Brennan, E Tierney (f) 0-1 each. Mayo: B Carr (2f), J Healy 0-2 each; L Moran, R Conlon, A Leonard, D Keavney, P Prendergast (f) 0-1 each.
Galway - C Haslam; E O'Sullivan, D Ó Ruairc, T Rabbitte; D Morrin, A Ward, P O'Donnell; M Day, C Brennan; C Brady, S Denvir, T Gleeson; P Ó Curraoin, J Ryan, E Tierney. Subs: A Molloy for Brady (29), C Rabbitte for Gleeson (40), M Ó Goill for Ryan (45), G Gibbons for Denvir (47), S Ó Curraoin for Morrin (62).
Mayo - M Schlingermann; R Conlon, D Lydon, B Leonard; B Duffy, C Burke, C Igoe; S Walsh, T Fahey; L Moran, A Leonard, B Carr; M McGarry, K Hopkins, D Keavney. Subs: M Forkan for B Leonard (29), P Prendergast for Moran (45), C Boylan for McGarry (45), S Lally for Conlon (53), J Healy for Keavney (47).
Ref - B Healy (Roscommon)