Second half goals from Tom Lydon and Thomas Tuffy set Mayo on their way to retaining their Connacht minor title, their 42nd in total, in Tuam Stadium this evening with a 2-13 to 1-10 win over rivals Galway.
Galway lead by the bare minimum, 0-8 to 0-7, at half-time following a back and forth first half where both sides having the upper hand for periods but also guilty of some poor wides and easy turnovers.
The Green and Red were a different animal in the second half and goals through a Tom Lydon penalty and a wonderful strike by Thomas in the space of three minutes put them six clear going into the final quarter.
Galway sub Fionán Ó Conghaile had an immediate impact off the bench after collecting a pass from another sub Stephen O’Grady as he fired into the net to cut the gap with 12 minutes to go but two frees from Lydon and one from man-of-the-match Darragh Beirne sealed a six-point win for Mayo, who will meet the Ulster runners-up on June 10 in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
Full report and reaction in Tuesday’s print edition of The Western People.