Galway League 2
Mayo League 3
FOR some reason the Oscar Traynor Trophy and the Galway League are not happy bedfellows as the local side made another early exit from the FAI Inter-League competition at Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday night.
It is over forty years since Galway last won the prestigious title and with neighbours Clare sucessful in the last two seasons, it is not something that should be beyond the bounds of possibility.
An opening half disaster which saw them go in at the break three down in their opening encounter in Sligo, eventually culminated in a 3-2 defeat, but on this occasion Galway produced their better form in the first half as they led by 2-1 at the interval.
However, the second half saw something of a mystery act as the home side just disappeared from the game and two Mayo goals were enought to see them advance to the knock-out stages.
Manager Gareth Gorman made six changes to the side following the Sligo defeat and the extensive reshuffle had a positive effect as they started well.
Galway got no reward for their bright opening before Mayo were awarded a spot kick on their first visit to the home penalty area when Dan Cunningham was adjudged to have fouled Benny Lavelle in the act of shooting. However, goalkeeper TJ Forde was equal to the task as he dived to his left to keep out Darren Browne’s well struck effort spot kick.
As the home side continued to offer the greater attacking threat, Martin Coady had a chance to put them ahead, but was denied by a smart Gary Cunningham save and, in a rapid counter attack set up by the goalkeeper, Jamie Cawley gained possession on the left before cutting in and slotting home for a 1-0 Mayo lead.
After the impressive Emmett Shaw was off target with a header, the home side levelled matters on 17 minutes when Coady glided into open space to get on the end of a Colm O’Donovan free kick and glace a header past Cunningham.
Forde then had to make a smart retreating save to keep out a Browne effort, while at the other end, a solid Keith Duffy challenge ended a Coady run in the box.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.