Tuesday 23 July 2019

Mayo sunk by Culhane and Cunningham strikes

Galway 2-12 Mayo 0-11

'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.' Stock photo
'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.' Stock photo

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)

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