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[17/05/14] Louisburgh 0:10 Mayo Gaels 1:07 - Gaels held to a draw in second round of Division 1C League….

posted 22 May 2014, 03:38 by Mayo Gaels

[17/05/14]  Louisburgh 0:10 Mayo Gaels 1:07 -  Gaels held to a draw in second round of Division 1C League….

Former Mayo Senior inter-county player Austin O’Malley used all of his experience to score two late injury time points to secure a draw for Louisburgh against Mayo Gaels in the second round of the Division 1C League played in a wet and windy Louisburgh on Saturday the 17th of May.

High winds, driving rain and a waterlogged pitch made life difficult for the players and supporters and both teams are to be commended for producing an entertaining game despite the poor weather conditions.

Mayo Gaels, playing with the strong wind in the first half, were slow to adapt to the slippery conditions and it was Louisburgh, using an effective short passing game, who controlled the game in the early stages. The scores were level (0.03 each) at the 20th minute when the Gaels finally took the lead after a well worked passing move was finished to the net by Adam Gallagher. Paul Walsh scored a point from play just before half-time to leave the interval score: Mayo Gaels 1:04, Louisburgh 0:04.

Fears that the Gaels had not established a sufficient first half lead appeared justified when Louisburgh scored three well taken points from play to level the game early in the third quarter. Louisburgh however had not bargained on the fighting qualities of the Mayo Gaels team and for the remainder of the second half it was the Gaels who held the upper hand in the head-to-head exchanges throughout the pitch. Mayo Gaels regained the lead on the 40th minute when Adam Gallagher scored a point from a free. Two excellent points from play in the 44h and 56th minute from super-sub John Sloyne saw the Gaels stretch their lead to three points. Louisburgh scored a vital point from play on the 60th minute to reduce the margin to two points.

Several stoppages throughout the second half resulted in a lengthy injury time spell and it was in the fifth and sixth minute of stoppage time that Austin O’Malley scored two excellent, long distance points to secure the draw for the relieved home team.

Mayo Gaels can take great heart from a battling performance and Liam Duggan, Paul Walsh, Kevin Jordan, Kevin Lynch, Alan Brett, John Sloyne and Adam Gallagher gave great displays on the evening.

The senior’s next competitive game is away to Ballyhaunis in the Intermediate Championship which will be played in Ballyhaunis on Saturday, the 14th of June.

Mayo Gaels: P. Mannion, T. Byrne, A. Brett, M. Connor, K. Lynch, L. Duggan, K. Jordan, S. Boyle, P. Walsh (0.01), A. Morris, A. Gallagher (1.03, 1f), N. Brett, M. Byrne (0.01, 1f), J. Griffin, D. Burke; Subs : G. Canavan, N. McGurrin, J. Morrin, J. Sloyne (0.02), J Walsh, T. Keane, F. Canavan, B. Heneghan.