Monday 18 December 2017

McGing strike puts Mayo in driving seat

Mayo 1-12 Kilkenny 0-8

Damien McGing's strike puts Mayo into the driving seat
Damien McGing's strike puts Mayo into the driving seat Newsdesk Newsdesk

An impressive opening 20 minutes from Mayo that saw them fire 1-5 without reply laid the foundations for a win over Kilkenny to send them through to the All-Ireland JFC final.

They left Tullamore on Saturday as convincing winners as Kilkenny failed to deal with their firepower up front. The Kilkenny men did rise a gallop before the break with four points but that was in response to Damien McGing's low strike to the net that helped Mayo to a 1-5 to 0-0 lead. Mayo added another through Gavin Conway to move them to 1-6 to 0-1 before Kilkenny's late burst saw Mayo lead 1-6 to 0-4 at the break.

Kilkenny started the second half brightly and got another score back but Ronan Malee and Gavin Conway were a constant threat up front for Mayo and the Cats had no answer for the duo in the second half, as they kicked 0-5 with a brace from Malee putting them 1-9 to 0-6 ahead.

Kilkenny kept up the fight and a Conor McDonald point from play left it a four-point game with eight minutes remaining. However, it was Mayo who finished the stronger.

Scorers - Mayo: D McGing 1-3 (1f), G Conway 0-4, R Malee 0-3, J Hutton & C Freeman 0-1 each. Kilkenny: M Malone & C Roche (2fs) 0-2 each, P Donnelly, M Bolger ('45), P McConigley & Conor McDonald 0-1 each.

Mayo - B Forkan; B Leonard, B Moran, P Barrett; S Gaughan, D McHugh, M Barrett; P Collins, P Feerick; D Durcan, C Freeman, G Conway; D McGing, J Hutton, R Malee. Subs: E Collins for M Barrett (h-t), M Togher for Durcan (h-t), D Healy for P Barrett (41), E O'Donoghue for Leonard (50), B Carr for Feerick (56), D Joyce for McGing (59).

Kilkenny - JJ O'Sullivan; S Duncan, B Aylward, N Darcy; J Fennelly, P McConigley, P Roche; M Malone, J Culleton; D Herity, C Roche, Cormac McDonald; M Bolger, P Donnelly, B Egan. Subs: D Lyng for McDonald (h-t), JJ Grace for Lyng (BC, 38), Conor McDonald for Fennelly (41), J Shieley for Bolger (50), D O'Connor for Donnelly (59).

Ref - F Barry (Kildare)

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