Mayo disappoint in Castlebar

  • Apr 18,2006
ALLIANZ NFL DIVISION 1 SEMI-FINAL Galway 1-11 Mayo 1-6 Galway advanced to the Allianz National League Division One final thanks to a smooth success over a disappointing Mayo side in Castlebar. The Tribesmen were easily the better team here, and continued their hugely impressive league form, while at the same time suggesting that they have enough class to challenge for the championship this summer. While the Tribesmen impressed, there was little in Mayos performance to suggest that they will be good enough to win an All-Ireland in the near future. Mayo opened the scoring on seven minutes when Austin OMalley pointed from a free, before Galway created their first goal chance a minute later. With Mayos defence exposed, Michael Donnellan shot from a tight angle - but John Healy saved well from point-blank range. Galway levelled matters through a Padraig Joyce dead-ball on 14 minutes, but OMalley restored Mayos advantage six minutes later. Derek Savages first point on 20 minutes made it 0-2 to 0-2, before a Joyce free gave Galway the lead a minute later. Michael Meehan got his first score on 23 minutes, before Alan Keane maintained Galways lead with a great save from an Andy Moran rasper. Defender Michael Comers white flag boosted Galways advantage, before the opening goal of the game on 29 minutes. Again, the Tribesmen made little of the hosts defence, before Matthew Clancy hammered an unstoppable shot in from close range. A glorious Joyce point on 33 minutes made it 1-6 to 0-3 for the visitors, and it wasnt a scoreline that flattered them. The home team began well in the second half, with both OMalley and Alan Dillon pointing early on to reduce the advantage. However, Sean Armstrong arrested the tide to make it 1-7 to 0-5, before Clancy, playing in midfield, extended the advantage with another point - though a goal was on. A Donnellan free on 53 minutes preceded Galways best goal chance, with Meehan setting up Sean Armstrong for an apparently easy finish - but he shot badly wide. The home side introduced Ciaran McDonald with time running out, but his distribution was generally poor. Mayo punished Galways missed chance with their opening major 12 minutes from time. The visitors lost possession and Mayo raided with haste, before David Brady found OMalley, who unleashed a superb finish into the top corner. This situation would now test Galways resilence, but they showed composure to extend their lead, when the in-form Joyce nonchalantly fisted over. Donnellan sealed matters with a free in injury time, moving Galway five points clear.