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Any successful championship campaign is a long journey, but for this year's Mayo minors the road ends this evening when they face down that old familiar foe - Galway - in Dr Hyde Park with the All Ireland title up for grabs.
It's been a long road from where they started to standing just 60 minutes away from a spot in the All Ireland final for the Mayo minors.
The Mayo minors got their championship campaign up and running last Friday night with a comprehensive victory over Leitrim in James Stephens Park in Ballina, seeing off the Ridge County youngsters by 16 points after a 2-16 to 0-6 win. This evening they will make the trip to Hyde Park to take on Roscommon in the second round of the round robin stages of the competition.
There was seven points in it on the scoreboard at the end - but with five minutes left Galway were leading by just two points.
The Mayo minors championship adventure ended in Tullamore on Bank Holiday Monday where they went down battling to the Leinister champions Kildare by six points. In a game that had plenty of attacking adventure and impressive performances, it also had lots of talking points from the man in the middle Niall Cullen who issued four black cards in the game, three of them for Mayo. But at the end of the day the better side on the field won the day as Kildare turned the screw on Mayo in the second half when they had a strong breeze at their back to book their place in the All Ireland semi-final.
The Mayo minors attempts to claim a 40th Connacht title for the county came up short on Sunday in a rain sodden Pearse Stadium in Galway. Enda Gilvarry’s side can have very little complaints about the outcome of this game as the hosts were deserved victors in a patchy affair, where both sides struggled with the conditions.