Galway 0-11 Mayo 1-7
Galway pipped Mayo in this bottom of the table clash to win their first 2 points of the season. With a man advantage thanks to Mayo losing Michael Murphy to a sending off early on, Galway looked to hold a comfortable lead late in the game. However, it was a close exciting finish with Mayo’s Gareth Price netting just over 15 minutes into the second half. Mayo held a brief lead, only to see Galway to recover and put five points over the bar in quick succession.
Galway held a slender one-point lead at the break. Mayo opened the scoring with points from Price and Mark Fehilly. Jarlath McGeeney opened Galway’s account, and Fehilly responded in kind for Mayo. Conrad O’Reilly put one over for Galway and the Brighton side began to make their one-man advantage count. As things dried up for Mayo’s forwards, Galway’s found their stride and pointed three times to one for Mayo before the half.
After Galway added another point following the restart, Mayo decided to make a run at going for the win. Price put a long range free over the bar from the ground, and then rifled a goal home. Mayo added another point from Aiden Campbell and urged on by their supporters led by three points. Galway did not panic. A Peter Nolan free and points from Donal Redmond and Niall Kilcoyne erased Mayo’s lead. With the chance to press their advantage home, Galway added points from Gearoid O’Connor and Redmond. Price got one back for Mayo to pull within one, but the red and green did not have enough left in the tank to salvage a result from the game.
Galway: A. Ready, S. Melia, P. Cummins, S. Leamy, M. Norbie, S. Gallagher, G. McArdle, P. Hackett, C. O’Reilly, N. Kilcoyne, J. McGeeney, D. Redmond, G. O’Connor. Mayo: A. Townsend, F. Coyne, M. Murphy, K. McLaughlin, K. Comer, R. Murphy, M. Fehilly, G. McAllister, G. McTaggert, D. McLaughlin, A. Benson, A. Campbell, G. Price.
By Rory O'Donnell