Joyce heaps praise on victorious Galway minors
Galway 1-9 Mayo 0-6
Galway manager Stephen Joyce praised his side's stylish win over Mayo as the Tribesmen claimed a 27th Connacht title at Pearse Stadium.
Desmond Conneely hit the key goal 15 minutes from time, but with Evan Murphy central to most of Galway's good play up front, the home side were never troubled after they failed to cash in on their first-half wind advantage.
Substitute Conor Stenson's goal attempt hit the post for Mayo nine minutes after the break, which would have given his side the lead, and from there on Galway ran out easy winners.
"They showed great character in the second-half," Joyce said.
"Wind never wins a game and that's what we told them at half-time. Our touch let us down in the first half, but we knew they hadn't played. We just had to go out and play to our potential.
"Fair play to them, they dug in and that's what happened."
After electing to play with the strong wind in the first half Galway would have been a touch dismayed to only lead by two at the interval. Despite their poor return there were indications that Galway were the stronger team with full-back Séan Mulkerrin and Barry Goldrick showing brightly.
After the early action things looked good for Galway as points from Conneely (2), Robert Finnerty and Evan Murphy saw them lead 0-4 to 0-0 after 21 minutes.
Mayo had to wait until the 24th minute to open their account as Oisín McLaughlin split the posts after a smart turn. And when Ryan O'Donoghue added a free a minute from the break, Galway's lead had been cut to two points.
With the wind behind them after half-time, Mayo enjoyed plenty of possession but couldn't convert it to scores. But they were unfortunate to see Stenson's brilliant shot bounce clear.
That near miss spurred Galway on and Conneely's goal in the 45th minute proved the killer blow for Mayo as Galway easily closed out the win.
Scorers - Galway: D Conneely 1-4 (0-1f); E Murphy 0-2; R Forde, R Finnerty (0-1f) & D Silke 0-1 each. Mayo: R O'Donoghue 0-2 (0-1f); P Lambert, O McLaughlin, C Moran & E Gibbons 0-1 each.
Galway - C Haslem; E Deeley, S Mulkerrin, E McFadden; A Quirke, E McDonagh, F Garvey; S Raftery, R Murphy; F O'Laoi, E Murphy, R Forde; R Finnerty, D Conneely, B Goldrick. Subs: D Silke for R Murphy (41), S Thornton for Garvey (60).
Mayo - A Byrne; C Horan, D Cosgrove, J Cunnane; J Maughan, M Macken, B O'Malley; C Murphy, N Moran; P Lambert, R Egan, O McLaughlin; C Moran, R O'Donoghue, N McGhee. Subs: C Stenson for Murphy (29), S McGreal for McGhee (49), E Gibbons for Egan (53), L Kelly for Horan (60).
REF - John Gilmartin (Sligo).