Our 2010 inter-county season may have been a wretched one but it began with success over Galway in the FBD home final in early February and it’s now just concluded with more of the same, as we beat New York by 0-19 to 0-7 in the final final of the FBD final over at Rockland GAA Club, in Orangeburg, New York this evening. It’s just a pity we had such a crap championship (not to mention the league final) in between otherwise it could have been a great year for us altogether.
The last time we’d played New York – in the preliminary round of last year’s championship – they’d put it up to us for a fair bit of the first half and today they went a bit further, by keeping the match all-square at half-time. We raced five points clear in that first half but then allowed the locals back into it and the match was tied at six points apiece at the break. Jimmy Killeen got two of those first half points for us, one from a free, with Andy Moran, Mark Ronaldson, Aidan O’Shea and Trevor Mortimer (who lined out at midfield for us today) all chipping in with a point each.
New York may have managed to box toe-to-toe with Galway right up to the full-time whistle in the championship back in May but they weren’t able to stick with our lads after the break today. Over the course of a lopsided second period, we added a further thirteen points with just one solitary point in reply from the home team as we eased to a twelve-point victory and our second FBD final success of the year. Jimmy Killeen was our star turn in the second half, adding a further six points (two from frees) to his first half tally, with Enda Varley knocking over three, Kevin McLoughlin nabbing two and Trevor Mortimer and substitute Lee Keegan getting one apiece.
As well as ensuring that the inter-county season ended on a bit of a high, today’s match was also noteworthy in that the side was managed on the day by Eoin Sweeney, who has been involved with the Mayo squad in a training capacity for the last number of years. This result today means that the Ballycroy native becomes the only Mayo manager with a 100% win record: that’s going to be a hard act for James Horan to follow.
Mayo: David Clarke; Kevin Keane, Ger Cafferkey, Chris Barrett; Peadar Gardiner, Trevor Howley, Shane Nally; Ger McDonagh, Trevor Mortimer (0-2); Jimmy Killeen (0-8, three frees), Andy Moran (0-1), Kevin McLoughlin (0-2); Enda Varley (0-3), Aidan O’Shea (0-1), Mark Ronaldson (0-1). Subs: Kenneth O’Malley for Clarke (HT), Lee Keegan (0-1) for Nally, Kevin Walsh for Ronaldson, James Burke for Keane.