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Sweeney stars for Tribesmen as Galway beat Mayo to final spot

Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-9

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Galway U-17s advanced to the Connacht final with victory over 14-man Mayo. Photo: Sportsfile

Galway U-17s advanced to the Connacht final with victory over 14-man Mayo. Photo: Sportsfile

Galway U-17s advanced to the Connacht final with victory over 14-man Mayo. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Sweeney starred and the Galway U-17s advanced to the Connacht final with victory over 14-man Mayo in Tuam.

Donal Ó Fátharta's side were 0-11 to 1-6 ahead at half-time after Jack Mahon's goal. And Mayo's revival fell short late on.

Matthew Cooley had made some big contributions in the campaign for Galway and he scored four points from play in that first half. Mayo didn't lead until Mahon's brilliant goal in the 20th minute, and that gave them a 1-4 to 0-6 advantage. But prior to that Galway were on top as both wing-backs Ryan Monahan and Sweeney scored.

Liam Judge and Sweeney scored two quick-fire points to ease Galway further clear at the start of the second half, but Mayo regrouped. Ultan O'Reilly drew them closer but Tony Gill kept Galway three points ahead.

Mayo were back in the game but missed chances and Cox pushed Galway four points ahead. The Mayo chances faded when Fionnán Ryan's goal was disallowed for a push, and then four minutes from full-time, substitute Ciaran Mylett was shown a straight red card.

Scorers - Galway: M Cooley 0-4, C Sweeney 0-3, D Cox 0-3, R Monahan 0-1f, C Raftery 0-1, É McCormack 0-1, L Judge 0-1, T Gill 0-1. Mayo: J Mahon 1-0, M Ball 0-4, U O'Reilly 0-3 (1f), F Irwin 0-1, E Hession 0-1 (f).

Galway - D Halloran; E Walsh, S Black, C Deane; R Monahan, T Gill, C Sweeney; P Kelly, C Raftery; L Judge, É McCormack, O McCormack; O Gormally, D Cox, M Cooley. Subs: A Halloran for McCormack (38), E Tinney for Gormally (38), S Horkan for McCormack (48), C Halbard for Raftery (58), Raftery for Halbard (61).

Mayo - R Connolly; A Morrison, L Dawson, S Holmes; E Ivers, C Dunleavy, A Cosgrave; J Carney, F Irwin; L Donoghue, J Mahon, L Óg Horkan; M Ball, U O'Reilly, E Hession. Subs: L Traynor for Mahon (5 blood), M for Traynor (9), R Keane for Ivers (30), Traynor for Mahon (31), F Ryan for Óg Horkan (h-t), C Mylett for Keane (51), E McHale for Cosgrove (54), F Sweeney for O'Reilly (57), O'Reilly for Sweeney (60), Sweeney for Dunleavy (61), C Calvey for Hession (61).

Ref - B Healy (Roscommon)

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