Monday 26 August 2019

Padraic Joyce's Galway march into Connacht U20 final clash with Mayo

EirGrid Connacht U-20FC semi-final: Galway 0-17 Roscommon 1-7

Galway U20 manager Padraic Joyce
Galway U20 manager Padraic Joyce

Galway manager Padraic Joyce says his men will need to sharpen up if they are to dethrone champions Mayo in the final next Wednesday.

The former Footballer of the Year saw his men score a convincing win over Roscommon in Kiltoom with some flowing football in perfect conditions, but he feels they have room for improvement.

"We made it hard on ourselves at times but 17 points is a good score and we have something to build on," he said.

His men led by 0-11 to 1-3 at the break, with seven different players hitting the target in an opening half with Matthew Tierney in superb form.

Gerry Galvin gave Roscommon hope with a 13th-minute goal after Paul Carey’s earlier effort was saved. Shane Curran's men rallied after the break with Ronan Dowd kicking some good points but Galway got back on top and secured a deserved win.

Scorers – Galway: R Cunningham 0-4, D Silke 0-3 (3f), M Tierney 0-3 (2f), L Costello 0-2, P Costello 0-2, R Mahon 0-1, L Boyle 0-1, E Mannion 0-1. Roscommon: G Galvin 1-0, R Dowd 0-3 (1f), A Brady 0-1 (’45), B Derwin 0-1 (f), P Carey 0-1 (f), J Fitzpatrick 0-1.

Galway: O Burke; R Mahon, S Mulkerrin, E McFadden; L Boyle, C Potter, J Kirrane; M Barrett, M Collins; M Tierney, G Burke, B O’Connell; D Silke, P Costello, R Cunningham. Subs: L Costello for Collins (26), J Glynn for Kirrane (46), T Gill for Mulkerrin (BC 51), E Mannion for Costello (50), C Newell for O’Connell (54), J Reilly for G Burke (58).

Roscommon: A Brady; E Killoran, E Flynn, R Dolan; M Conroy, N Higgins, G Galvin; D Sumner, P Halpin; D Keenan, R Dowd, J Hester; J Fitzpatrick, P Carey, D Ruane. Subs: C Lawless for Keenan (ht), S Hanly for Killoran (33), T Lambe for Conroy (7), B Derwin for Fitzpatrick (45), C Corcoran for Sumner (51), T O’Rourke for Ruane (58).

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Referee: J Henry (Mayo).

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