Mayo 2 – 7
Galway 1 – 7
THE early exchanges of this National Ladies Football League tie Pearse Stadium on Sunday were surreal as Mayo walked all over a nervous Galway, before a great fightback came up just short in a cracking finale.
The big occasion certainly appeared to get to the home side as they found themselves ten points in arrears after the opening quarter, before they nullified the Mayo attack and outscored them by 1-6 to 0-2 in the remainder of the game.
Beaten All Ireland finalists last year, Peter Leahy’s charges produced an excellent start as Grace Kelly took centre stage with some great scores and enjoying total possession, they had Galway on the rack as they made the most of their early momentum.
However, once the home side got a foothold in the game, they were more than a match for the visitors, but while Galway whittled away at the lead, the advantage was just a step too far as the clock eventually got the better of them.
Indeed, matters could have ended differently if Emma Reaney had got the better of Elaine Murphy in the final minute, but a smashing save by the goalkeeper was to frustrate the home side even more.
Having started their campaign with a high scoring win over Monaghan and followed that up with an away draw against Donegal, manager Stephen Glennon continued to rotate his squad and made seven changes to the side that picked up a point on that occasion.
Matters started reasonably well for Galway as Sarah Conneally gathered a Seoighe pass to cancel out an earlier Rachel Kearns point, but it was to be their last score for 17 minutes as Mayo took over and hardly let their hosts out of their own half.
Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.