Report: 1 Point Gap As The Tribesmen Prevail – Mayo vs Galway

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The sun was out and it was a long-awaited return to McHale Park for Mayo fans as Horan’s men fell short by one point as Galway prevail to face Leitrim in the next round of the Connaught Championship.

Galway’s Shane Walsh opened the scoreline between the pair later being followed by Cillian O’Connor.

Johnny Heaney slotted past Rory Byrne to give Galway their advantage which Mayo never seemed to recover from.

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Between the two panels, Galway were the ones that wanted it on but I’m not sure if they knew that they were playing to get in the Connaught semi-final or thinking that they were auditioning for a part in a Swan Lake production.

We all know the classic trick to keep winding down the clock but Galway took it to another meaning with the likes of Eoghan Mc Laughlin getting a yellow card for a simple push, it was safe to say referee David Coldrick was really wearing a maroon shirt under his shirt.

It was Galway leading by 1-06 to Mayo 0-09 but Mayo still had all to play for.

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We all know that the Mayo footballers are the kings of comebacks and after a hard first half it was time to pull out all the stops.

At one point Galway were leading by 5/6 points and like it was hard to call how Mayo could recover.

Photo: Sportsfile

James Carr opened the scoreline for Mayo in the second half, shortly followed by Kieran Molloy for Galway.

Mayo were given yet another injury scare with Oisin Mullin limping off with a suspected hamstring injury and it’s now a waiting game to see the damage done.

Veteran players such as Lee Keegan, and Cillian O’Connor made sure to make their impact, alongside youthful players James Carr and Ryan O’Donoghue.

The clock simply ran out too fast as Mayo tried to pull out a draw and a single point was yet the factor again as Mayo now prepare for the All Ireland qualifiers.

Hard luck to the lads but as always we keep our head up and continue fighting.

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.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
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