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Galway Defeat Mayo
Sunday, May 20
Galway gained revenge on Mayo for their NFL semi-final defeat to kickstart their Connacht SFC title bid in sunny Salthill.Two cracking goals from Cormac Bane, struck after 2 and 19 minutes, guided the Tribesmen to a telling 2-5 to 0-5 interval lead.
Mayo played poorly, scoring only two times from play, with Conor Mortimer hitting six frees. Mortimer hit the woodwork with a goal chance at the start of the second half that could have turned the game.
The win, watched by over 24,000 spectators, sees Galway move on to play either London or Leitrim in a June 24 semi-final, while Mayo now have a seven week break to the first round of the qualifiers.
GALWAY: P Doherty; K Fitzgerald, F Hanley, D Burke; D Meehan, N Coyne, M Comer; J Bergin, N Coleman (0-01); J Fallon, M Meehan (0-01, f), N Joyce (0-03, 1f); D Savage (0-02), P Joyce (0-02, 1f), C Bane (2-01).
Subs used: D Blake for Coyne (14 mins), G Sice for Hanley (65), B Cullinane for Fallon (70), M Clancy for Bane (71), F Breathnach for Savage (70+2).
MAYO: K O'Malley; L O'Malley, D Heaney, P Gardiner; E Devenney, K Higgins, BJ Padden; P Harte, J Nallen; T Mortimer, K O'Neill, A Dillon (0-02, 1f); C Mortimer (0-06, 6f), G Brady, A Moran (0-01).
Subs used: D Brady for Devenney (27 mins), A Higgins for Gardiner (34), C McDonald for O'Neill (43), T Howley for T Mortimer (49), A O'Malley for Dillon (57).
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan).