Galway win the battle in the West

Mayo 0-12 Galway 1-11 

Galway still continue to dominate their provincial rivals as they edged out Mayo by 2 points in Castlebar on Saturday night. A first half goal by Danny Cummins proved the game winner as Kevin Walsh’s charges weathered a strong Mayo comeback to get their win of the campaign.  Before a crowd of nearly 11,000 they were treated to a game of two halves, as the wind and weather dominated proceedings. Galway failed to score for 20 minutes but Mayo couldn’t find that goal that would have seen them over the line.

Galway were full value for their 1-07 to 0-04 lead at half time. They actually havent lost to Mayo for over 4 years so confidence was surely high. Galway held Mayo scoreless for all of the second quarter. They built up a 0-06 to 0-03 lead after 25 minutes. Then the decisive score came from Danny Cummins. Antaine O’Laoi found Johnny Heaney, who in turn found Danny Cummins who palmed the ball to the net past David Clarke from close range. Galway lost Michael Daly and Barry McHugh in the opening half for black cards and were down to 13 players so Kevin Walsh would have been delighted going in 7 points up at half time.

On the resumption Mayo came storming back with the winds at their backs. Colm Boyle was a real leader, as what Matthew Ruane they drove on the Mayo men and they rattled of 7 points to bring them back into contention in the third quarter. Ruane Coen, Moran and Doherty all kicked scores as James Horan’s men were firing on all cylinders. The purple patch left just a single point between the teams, with 55 minutes on Maurice Deegan’s watch.

Mayo failed to draw level at any stage though and Galway were very strong in defence. They were set up very well and Mayo failed to score for 20 minutes. Galway rallied with three points all coming from frees, which pushed them four ahead into stoppage time. Diarmuid O’Connor and Donie Vaughan kicked points but it proved to little to late as Galway ran out winners.

Galway: R Lavelle; E Kerin, SA Ó Ceallaigh, D Wynne; G O’Donnell, J Daly, J Heaney (0-1); T Flynn, C Duggan; M Daly (0-1), D Cummins (1-2, 0-1 mark),P Cooke; B McHugh, S Walsh (0-5, 5fs), A Ó Laoi (0-2).

Subs: F O Laoi for Flynn; E Brannigan for Cummins; G Bradshaw for McHugh; P Cunningham for A O Laoi.

Mayo: D Clarke; C Barrett, B Harrison, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, S Coen; M Ruane (0-1), D Vaughan (0-1); F McDonagh, A O’Shea, D O’Connor (0-1); J Durcan, D Coen (0-1), J Doherty (0-7, 6fs).

Subs: K McLoughlin for Durcan; A Moran (0-1, mark) for S Coen; B Reape for McDonagh.

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