Minor footballers win third Connacht title in a row

Captain of Galway minors Sean Mulkerrin celebrates with his teammates at the end of the Electric Ireland Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship final between Galway and  Sligo at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, Galway. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Captain of Galway minors Sean Mulkerrin celebrates with his teammates at the end of the Electric Ireland Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship final between Galway and Sligo at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, Galway. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

The Galway minor footballers under the management guidance of Stiofáin Seoighe, Damien Tummon, and Jason Tanniane collected what will be the last Connacht minor (U-18 ) title - as the competition is to be replaced by an U-17 competition from next year.

The home side beat Sligo comprehensively last Sunday at Pearse Stadium on a score-line of 3-11 to 0-10 with Galway's goals coming from Claregalway's Conor Campbell in the first half and Padraic Costello and substitute Daniel Kenny in the second.

The Connacht champions will now face the losers of the Ulster minor final - involving Cavan and Derry which is on this Sunday - in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

The only blemish on a very productive day for the squad was a harsh enough red card for corner forward Conor Newell midway through the second-half from Mayo referee Liam Devenney.

Galway led by 1-06 to 0-6 at half-time, but a big second half display from the midfield pairing of Matthias Barrett and Evan Murphy gave them a real edge in the second half.

Team manager Stephen Joyce who won five senior Connacht medals himself in his playing days was very pleased to see his panel win the last Electric Ireland provincial minor title.

"It's the last Connacht minor final, so there's a bit of history as well, it's a good feeling. The lads did very well today all over the field and it was good to get another win in Connacht.

"The ultimate aim is to get back to where we were last year and go one better.

"However, that's always the aim. We always take it one game at a time and our only focus at this point is to try and win the next game."

Scorers for Galway: D Silke 0-4 (3f ), P Costello 1-1, C Campbell 1-0, D Kenny 1-0, M Barrett 0-2, L Boyle, E Murphy, M Kerrigan, R Cunningham 0-1 each.

Galway: Oran Burke (Corofin ), Éoin Mac Phaidín (Salthill/Knocknacarra ), Seán Mulkerrin (Aran Islands ) (cpt ), Gavin Burke (Corofin ), Jack Glynn (Claregalway ), Seán Fitzgerald (Barna ), Liam Boyle (Kilkerrin/Clonberne ), Matthias Barrett (Leitir Mór ), Evan Murphy (Salthill/Knocknacarra ), Brian Harlowe (St Michaels ), Darragh Silke (Corofin ), Martin Kerrigan (Clonbur ), Conor Newell (Corofin ), Pádraic Costello (Dunmore McHales ), Conor Campbell (Claregalway ).

Subs: Daniel Kenny (Oughterard ) for Harlowe (half-time ), Liam Costello (Milltown ) for Kerrigan (49 ), Rory Cunningham (St Brendans ) for P Costello 51, Ciarán Potter (Annaghdown ) for Boyle (53 ), James Kyne (Clonbur ) for Burke (60 ).

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