Match Report – Happy Skies, Happy Result – Mayo vs Monaghan

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It was a perfect weather day to accommodate a perfect Mayo win as Mayo overcame Monaghan to prevail in the second round of qualifiers at McHale Park.

It was a long-awaited encounter since our defeat to Galway and a match very hard to call for both Mayo and Monaghan fans but Mayo overcame a strong Monaghan side to continue their hunt for Sam Maguire.

It was yet another match where we struggled to predict the outcome and going in we had no doubt Monaghan would be a challenge.

Séamus McEnaney’s side bought the fight to Mayo as soon as the whistle blew and had Mayo worrying in the early stages.

Monaghan opened the scoreline between the pair, with Gary Moohan slotting the ball over the bar in the third minute.

Cillian O’Connor opened Mayo’s scoreline in the sixth minute which started Mayo’s fight to a strong Monaghan side.

Photo: Mayo GAA

There were mixed feelings in the air when Mayo was awarded a penalty, prior to a Conor Mc Manus black card.

Mayo reverted to the tactic of holding on to possession when passing wasn’t optional and made Mayo fans worry that they weren’t going to make it to the finish line.

Photo: Mayo GAA

Referee Barry Cassidy made decisions in Mayo’s favour, denying Monaghan a penalty chance when three points separated the teams.

Mayo fans saw the return of Rob Hennelly and Paddy Durcan and hopefully begin the returns off the injury list.

Photo: Mayo GAA

The focus turns towards this Monday as we await our opponents in round two.

Horan’s men will be happy with the win but it’s time to keep the momentum and focus on the next task ahead.

Congrats to James and the panel on a great win and as always Maigh Eo abu.

Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
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