Mayo crowned Connacht champions
- Jul 17,2006
BANK OF IRELAND CONNACHT SFC FINAL
Mayo 0-12 Galway 1-8
Conor Mortimer won a 41st Connacht SFC title for Mayo with a stoppage time free at Castlebar.
A disappointing decider came to a gripping climax, as Michael Donnellan failed to send over a free kick chance that would have sent the tie to a replay in front of a sell-out crowd of almost 35,000.
Mayo contrived to kick themselves out of it in the first half, with nine wides and at least two missed goal chances.
Despite enjoying less than ten per cent of possession, the Tribesmen opened up a two point lead through Joe Bergin and Padraig Joyce inside the opening 10 minutes, before Conor Mortimer finally opened Mayo
It was Mortimer who got in for a couple of goal opportunities. First his fisted effort was easily stopped by goalkeeper Brian O
Having shot seven wides by this stage, Mickey Moran
It was Galway, however, who finished the half strongly, scores from Michael Meehan (2) and Sean Armstrong sending them in at the break with a 0-5 to 0-4 lead.
It was an amazing scoreline at that stage, considering that Mayo had been almost totally dominant. They had won 13 kick-outs, thanks chiefly to Ronan McGarrity
The game finally sparked into life when Matthew Clancy fisted a goal from substitute Damien Dunleavy
When Joyce added a point from a free, Galway led by 1-7 to 0-6.
Mayo responded with three more, the best of them fisted over by Billy Joe Padden to cap a delightful passing movement.
As the game slipped into its final 10 minutes, the Tribesmen were clinging on to a slender one point lead.
Mayo substitute Kevin O
Mayo: J Healy, D Geraghty, L O
Subs: K O
Galway: B O
Subs: D Dunleavy for Armstrong, B Cullinane for Coleman, K Fitzgerald for Burke, P Clancy for Dunleavy
Referee: P Russell (Tipperary)
Wides: Mayo 12, Galway 12
Mayo: K Higgins, D Heaney, D Geraghty, A Dillon
Galway: D Burke
Red cards: None.