GAA: Mayo Win Connacht Title As Tipp Edge Seven Goal Thriller


Connacht Senior Football Final

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16

Mayo continue to dominate in Connacht as they sealed yet another title by defeatign Galway.

Mayo started the half better with some good opening play, their forwards proving particularly menacing. Lee Keegan punched the ball to the net from close range as he was approaching goal. Galway just didn’t seem to have the same composure up front as their neighbours as Mayo finished stronger and led by 1-9 to 0-5 points at the break.

Galway were determined not to be annihilated by the presence of Mmayo in this game and started to reel in Mayo with some good scores and excellent play by Paul Conroy. Mayo soon found their extra gear to pull away and did so when Jason Doherty added a second goal. It seemed Galway had no answer to the rampant attacks from Mayo. Galway’s defence was far to open and afforded Mayo ample opportunity to grab easy scores. Galway kept chipping away with points and a missed goal opportunity by them meant it was going to be Mayo’s day. Mayo added a third goal from Barry Moran to make certain of victory. Mayo comfortably win by 3-14 to 0-16.

All-Ireland Football Qualifier Round 3A

Sligo 0-12 Limerick 0-10

Sligo advanced to the next stage of the qualifiers with a narrow victory over Limerick.

Limerick started the brighter of the two sides with a good opening score from Ger Collins. This game was riddled with poor wides and generally poor play from both sides. Sligo stayed in touch with Limerick for the first half and the scores remained level at half time with neither side looking to totally dominate the game. Sligo improved in the second half with an opening score from Adrian Marren giving the westerners the lead. Limerick will be disappointed at the amount of chances that they missed in the second half. Substitute Stephen Coen was an influential figure for the home side when he was introduced and added two late points in the game which proved crucial in their victory.

Laois 4-9 Tipperary 3-17

Tipperary edged a seven goal thriller in Portlaoise to seal their passage into the next round.

Laois have been a formidable force in recent years while Tipperary have also been impressive with a strong set of players coming through for their underage system. Something had to give.

Tipperary started the better when Conor Sweeney got the first score when he found the back of the net with his low shot. Laois made life somewhat easier early on when John O’Loughlin found the net and brought them right back into this game. Tipperary began to move forward and took command of the game in most areas of the pitch as they began to build up a big gap, which became particularly evident when Sweeney bagged his second goal of the game, helping to establish a big 2-10 to 1-3lead  at the break.

Laois were determined not to be humiliated in front of their home supporters and two goals early in the second half from James Finn and Conor Meredith brought them within a few scores of the premier county. Laois continued to close the gap and another goal from David Conway and some further points saw them level matters as the game was drawing to a close. Tipperary were not finished yet and some scores from Sweeney and Barry Grogan pushed them ahead once more, but Laois were dealt a killer blow when the latter found the net and sealed their fate.

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