Cathal Horan of Mayo in action against Galway's Barry Goldrick in the Connaught minor football final in Pearse Stadium. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Defeat for Mayo minors in Connaught final

MAYO failed in their bid to win the Connaught championship minor final when they went down to Galway by 1-9 to 0-6 in Salthill this afternoon.

Playing against a very strong wind, Mayo gave as good as they got in the opening half and were very much in contention when the half-time whistle blew as they only trailed by two points, 0-4 to 0-2.

However, they did receive a massive blow in the 27th minute when star midfielder Colm Murphy had to go off injured with a knee injury.

With the strong wind to aid them in the second half, there were high hopes of a Mayo victory. However, they failed to turn some good chances into scores and didn't raise a flag until the 23rd minute of the half.

By that time Galway had more or less the game in the bag as they led by seven points. Their all important goal came in the 44th minute when Desmond Conneely finished off a great Galway movement.

Mayo tried but after this never could never get back into contention.