Connacht MFC final: Mayo Reape the rewards
July 13, 2014
Mayo's Cian Hanley and Ronan Raftery of Roscommon
Brian Reape scored 1-6 in a man of the match display as All-Ireland champions Mayo produced a turbo-charged finish to retain their Connacht MFC title at Elvery's MacHale Park.
Challengers Roscommon recovered from a poor start to take the lead for the first time entering the final quarter, but Enda Gilvarry's charges finished with a flourish to go into the All-Ireland series as Tom Kilcoyne Cup holders. Roscommon also progress to the All-Ireland quarter-finals as provincial runners-up.
The holders raced into an early 1-2 to 0-0 lead thanks to points from Reape (free) and Conor Byrne, and a goal from team captain Cian Hanley. Roscommon replied with three points in-a-row from Hubert Darcy, Noel Gately and a fisted Fergal Lennon effort, only for Gary Boylan and Reape to reply and leave Mayo 1-4 to 0-3 ahead.
Fergal O'Donnell's men narrowed the gap to two before Hanley brought his tally to 1-2. Gately's third point reduced the gap to two before Conor Byrne and Mike Murray replied for Mayo. But Gately's third point left it a three-point game at the interval, 1-8 to 0-8.
A brace of Smyth frees left the minimum between the sides, 0-10 to 1-8, early in the second half before Reape responded for the home side. Sub Conor Kilkenny marked his arrival with another Mayo point, but a trio of points from Gately, Luke Carthy and Darcy gave the Rossies the lead for the first time, 1-10 to 0-14.
However, Mayo's response couldn't be any more emphatic as they reeled off 1-6 without reply. Full forward TJ Byrne restored parity before fellow inside forward Reape put the hosts back in the driving seat with a superb 51st minute goal which followed a lightening break out of defence.
Reape continued his tour de force with another brace of points before Fionan Duffy and TJ Byrne completed the scoring.
Mayo - M Flanagan; S Cunniffe, B Duffy, E O'Donoghue; J Forkan, S Conlon, S Brennan; G Walsh , M Ruane; S Akram, C Hanley (1-2), G Boylan (0-2); C Byrne (0-2), TJ Byrne (0-1), B Reape (1-6). Subs: C Kilkenny (0-1) for M Ruane, F Duffy (0-2) for C Byrne, K Hopkins for B Duffy, M Ruane for G Walsh.
Roscommon - S Mannion; J Casey, B Stack, M Flannery; F Lennon (0-1), E McGrath, E Fallon; T Butler, R Raftery; D Connaughton, L Carty (0-2), K Bannon; N Gately (0-5), H Darcy (0-3), K Smyth (0-3f). Subs: C Murray for T Butler, J Fahey for K Bannon, J Connaughton for E Fallon, C Callinan for K Bannon, J Gannon for H Darcy, B Kenny for L Carty.
Referee - J Murray.
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