It was Mayo v Galway in this afternoon’s Connacht LGFA senior final at MacHale Park and it was the Mayo ladies who claimed victory in decisive fashion, running out winners by 3-20 to 0-16. In doing so, they captured the Connacht title for the first time since 2011, denying today’s opponents a fifth successive provincial crown in the process.
I had other fish – of the two-wheeled variety – to fry myself this weekend so it was never my intention to get to today’s game, nor, to be honest, did I manage to follow the action as it unfolded this afternoon. Instead I awoke this morning down in Killarney with a small hangover, a slight bit of sluggishness in my legs and a rather smug feeling of satisfaction at my having completed the Ring of Kerry cycle yesterday.
Back to the football where the most comprehensive take on today’s Connacht final is in the Mayo Advertiser, where Colm Gannon has a match report (here) and post-match quotes from manager Frank Browne and goalkeeper Yvonne Byrne (here). That match report, by the way, has a quote from Frank Browne revealing the rather astonishing fact that centre-back Martha Carter broke her hand ten minutes into today’s Connacht decider but somehow managed to continue playing until the full-time whistle.
Cora, of course, continues to astonish. She bagged a haul of 2-14 today, another staggering scoring display from the greatest forward ever seen in the ladies’ game. Here’s some video of her two goals this afternoon:
Congrats to the ladies on a superb win today, one that sees them return to the pinnacle at provincial level and also ensures that their hugely positive form this year continues unabated. It’s this pedigree that they now take into the business end of the championship, where a serious tilt at the big one is very much in prospect for them.