Galway: M. Mulrooney, D. Shaw, C. Kelly, B. Watkins, S. Nolan, J. Kinsella, S. Corry, B. McNamara, E. Guinan, J. Moylan, S. Brown, L. Rush, K. Canty. Wexford: E. Spruhan, M. Walsh, D. Redmond, B. O’Connor, P. Nolan, B. Dalton, T. Moloney, J. O’Neill, J. Kehoe, E. Kavanagh, P. Kehoe, P. Cody, M. Moloney.
Mayo 0-7 Galway 2-12
Galway ended up comfortable winners against Mayo in the first senior football match of the day on Sunday. Mayo did well to stay in the game and had Stevie McHale taken advantage of a golden first half goal chance Galway would have been on the ropes. Just before the break Paddy O’Rourke took advantage of his first real opening and netted to take the steam out of Mayo’s challenge and the Galwaymen went on to win in comfortable fashion.
Mayo started the game with Barry McShea deployed at corner back to mark Paddy O’Rourke, Galway’s dangerman. The Swinford man executed his duties well and kept the Skryne youngster quiet until just before half time when O’Rourke netted. Mayo were very much in the game though they would have been considered the underdog. Donal McCarthy in the middle of the field, Sean Clifford at corner back, and Sean Boylan at corner forward all did well, while Galway’s triangle of Ollie Doherty and Eoghan Kavanagh in midfield, with Tommy Walsh at center forward didn’t move out of second gear. Mayo only managed only the one point from Boylan, but could have had a goal after Rob Murphy played Steve McHale through, but McHale shot badly wide. Galway pointed through an O’Rourke free, Kevin O’Grady (3) and Ollie Doherty before O’Rourke’s goal. McShea came off his man to intercept an inbound pass to Tommy Walsh, but having failed to win the ball ended up stranded and O’Rourke took full advantage from the edge of the square to bury the ball from close range. Galway followed with two points from O’Grady and O’Rourke.
The scores came easier for Galway in the second half and the tribesmen put the game away in the first 15 minutes of the second half. After outscoring Mayo to the tune of four points to two, substitute Rob Vickers netted a second goal for Galway. That was all she wrote. Mayo gamely attacked the Galway goal, and converted four points on the trot in the latter stages of the game from Kevin McAllister and Patrick Hickey. O’Rourke finished the game with a tally of a goal and five points and had the final say with a pointed 45 meter kick. Galway are still on track for a playoff shot and have a big game ahead of them in two weeks time against Cork.
Mayo: B. Cassidy, B. McShea, S. Clifford, L. Monaghan, R. Murphy, C. Clifford, D. McGowan, D. McCarthy, S. McHale, P. Hickey, T. Rooney, S. Boylon, K. McAllister. Galway: P. McComiskey, J. O’Callaghan, D. Wynne, S. Gallagher, E. Whelan, S. O’Donnell, E. Kavanagh, O. Doherty, J. Kehoe, T. Walsh, D. Reddin, K. O’Grady, P. O’Rourke.
Connemara Gaels 1-8 Christopher’s 3-13
Christopher’s put themselves into playoff contention with a comprehensive win over the Connemara Gaels Sunday afternoon. A two goal and five point salvo in the first quarter destroyed any hope that the Gaels had of taking something from the game. In fact, the first Gaels wide came after 14 minutes of play, and it was over as a contest by half time as Christopher’s led by eleven points.
Christopher’s had the game more or less put away in the first half as the Gaels looked surprisingly lack luster. Chris Brady pointed right after the throw in, and was followed by Gavin O’Grady. O’Grady then netted as the ball over the top caught the Gaels defence and Brady found O’Grady who goaled from an angle. The Gaels seemed indifferent as Christopher’s continued to tear the defence apart. Brian Joyce was called upon on several occasions to try and keep the score somewhat respectable as the yothe league graduate made two or three fantastic point blank saves. Christopher’s second goal came from the Gaels defence caught ball watching again, and O’Grady drew two defenders and passed to Brady who found the opening to finish. Down by eleven points, the Gaels decided to play some football and pointed three times on the trot, but any hopes of denting the Christopher’s lead before the break came to nothing as points from David Culhane, Brady and Dan Kenneally restored the lead. At the break it was a 2-8 to 0-3 advantage for Christopher’s.
In the second period the Gaels put up an improved performance. The deficit was so great that Christopher’s could afford to take the foot off the gas. Joe Greaney won some ball and points came from his boot three times, another from Sean Conneely and one wondered if there was an outside chance that a Gaels goal might liven things up. A goal came, but it was for Christopher’s. Shortly after Joyce saved again Chris Brady scored his second goal to put nine points between the teams. Sean Moran netted a consolation for the Gaels with five minutes left on the clock. A game that asks a lot of questions about where the Gaels playoff prospects and not a contest that Christopher’s can use as a gauge of where they stand.