Mayo too strong for Minors

Mayo proved much too good for Leitrim in Saturday evening’s Connacht Minor League game which was played in a balmy Claremorris.

Mayo proved much too good for Leitrim in Saturday evening’s Connacht Minor League game which was played in a balmy Claremorris.

Mayo proved much too good for Leitrim in Saturday evening’s Connacht Minor League game which was played in a balmy Claremorris.

CONNACHT MINOR LEAGUE

LEITRIM 0-11

MAYO 2-14

By PJ Leddy

The concession of a goal at crucial stages in each half by Leitrim ensured Mayo’s dominance and left the visitors with a hill to climb afterwards, which ultimately proved to be a bridge too far for Damien Eames’ side.

After a slow start by both teams and an early goal chance missed by Leitrim, Mayo got on top in the early exchanges by the 7th minute with points from play by Stephen Henry and James Shaughnessy.

Shane Quinn halved Mayo’s lead when he shot over to open the Leitrim account in the 8th minute.

But something of a disaster followed in the space of another minute for Leitrim after Mayo full-forward Oisin Sweeney fired in a ball from out on the right wing into the Leitrim goalmouth.

Leitrim keeper Brendan Flynn fumbled with the home side’s Shane Irwin in close attendance and Irwin duly fired to the net past Flynn. This score changed the course of the game in Mayo’s favour and forced Leitrim to play second fiddle.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.