Friday, May 13, 2022

An intriguing encounter lies in store as old rivals Mayo and Galway go head-to-head in the Connacht SFC final on Sunday.

The game throws in at 4pm in Tuam Stadium.

When the sides last met in a Connacht decider, back in 2019, Galway won a replay at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to land a third successive title.

Galway have had the better of the recent rivalry against the green and red, with Mayo landing Connacht crowns in 2011 and 2016.

Since 2009, that’s the sum total of Mayo’s provincial silverware haul, with Galway hoovering up the rest.

The four-in-a-row chasing Tribeswomen received a major boost during the Lidl National League when former team captain and ace forward Tracey Leonard returned to the fold.

Sinéad Walsh netted a brace when the two side’s met in February Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Leonard scored two goals in that 2019 replay but when these counties met most recently in the Lidl National League, Mayo ran out 6-6 to 2-8 winners.

Sinéad Walsh and Lisa Cafferky netted a brace each on that occasion and both are named in the Mayo forward line for Sunday’s clash.

Galway will look to Leonard’s scoring nous and experience in the full-forward line, where she’s named alongside former underage stars Ailish Morrissey and Andrea Trill.

Morrissey has already enjoyed a brilliant 2022 as she landed a Yoplait O’Connor Cup title with University of Limerick, after securing currentaccount.ie All-Ireland Club glory with Kilkerrin-Clonberne.

Mayo (v Galway): Aisling Tarpey; Éilis Ronayne, Róisín Flynn, Danielle Caldwell; Ciara Needham, Fiona McHale, Kathryn Sullivan (captain); Sinéad Cafferky, Aoife Geraghty; Sinéad Walsh, Shauna Howley, Sarah Mulvihill; Lisa Cafferky, Ciara Whyte, Hannah Reape.

Galway (v Mayo): Alanah Griffin; Shauna Molloy, Sarah Ní Loingsigh (captain), Eimile Gavin; Charlotte Cooney, Nicola Ward, Kate Geraghty; Ailbhe Davoren, Louise Ward; Lisa Coen, Olivia Divilly, Lara Finnegan; Andrea Trill, Ailish Morrissey, Tracey Leonard. 

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