Mayo sunk by Culhane and Cunningham strikes
Galway 2-12 Mayo 0-11
Two goals in the last five minutes helped Donal Ó Fatharta's Galway past hosts Mayo at MacHale Park last night.
Mayo came into the game knowing that a win would almost certainly be enough to see them top the round-robin group and secure an automatic place in the Connacht final. They began brightly but kicked five early wides as their dominance wasn't reflected on the scoreboard which stood at 0-4 apiece at half-time.
The teams traded scores for most of the second period with Ciarán Mylett's frees keeping Mayo in touch, but Galway still led by two - 0-11 to 0-9 - when the game's decisive moment arrived with five minutes to go. Warren Seoighe was fouled by Mayo goalkeeper Luke Jennings and Tomo Culhane drilled the penalty low to the left-hand corner to all but end the contest.
Another brace of Mylett frees brought Mayo back within a score entering injury-time but Evan Nolan's late point and a last-minute goal from substitute Niall Cunningham saw Galway see it out in comfort.
SCORERS - Galway: T Culhane 1-5 (1-0 pen, 3f); N Cunningham 1-0; N Grainger (1 '45), E Nolan 0-2 each; D Cox, C Hernon, J McLaughlin 0-1 each. Mayo: C Mylett 0-6 (4f); F Irwin 0-2; E Gilraine, R Keane, C Reid 0-1 each.
galway - D Halleran; J McGrath, R King, L Tevnan; C Hernon, E Fiorentini, D McNulty; J McLaughlin, D O'Flaherty; E Nolan, D Cox, D Brady; N Grainger, T Culhane, W Seoighe. Subs: C Gallagher for Brady (37), N Cunningham for Grainger (54), R Burke for O'Flaherty (56).
MAYO - L Jennings; A Morrison, O Tunney, A Cosgrove; E Murphy, R Keane, E Gilraine; D Thornton, E Henry; P Heneghan, P Walsh, C Boland; C Mylett, F Irwin, R Morrin. Subs: S Dempsey for Murphy (36), C Reid for Morrin (37), R Hughes for Boland (44), C O'Connell for Heneghan (47).
REF - E O'Grady (Leitrim)