Connacht JFC final: Coen guides Mayo to glory

May 22, 2016

Mayo's Darren Coen.
©INPHO/Donall Farmer.

Mayo 1-11

Galway 0-12

Mayo have been crowned Connacht junior football champions after a late surge saw them edge out Galway in an exciting final at Carrick-on-Shannon.

Seven points (six frees) from Darren Coen and a second half Ronan Mallee goal were crucial to the outcome. Goalkeeper Bernard Power gave Galway an early lead from a '45', but the winners levelled through Coen and went on to hold a slender 0-5 to 0-4 lead at the interval.

The Tribesmen resumed with points from Matthew Reddington and Antaine O Laoi before Mallee's goal put Mayo back in front, 1-6 to 0-7.

Galway battled back to take the lead again, but Mayo weren't to be denied as late scores from Gary Keane, Coen and Mallee secured the silverware. 

Mayo - S Nallen; E O'Donoghue, N Freeman, S Gaughan; C Reape, P Feerick, J Kelly; P Collins, G Keane (0-1); M Togher, M Forde (0-1), S Kelly; R Mallee (1-1), A Farrell (0-1), D Coen (0-7, 6f). Subs: K Gibbons for S Kelly, R Holian for P Collins, A Gallagher for G Keane, T Carmody for M Togher.

Galway - B Power (0-1'45); C Reilly, T Comer, A Claffey; W Finnerty, A Kyne, D Wynne; A Molloy, P Walsh; F Cooney, M Reddington (0-4, 1f), S Kelly (0-1); E Lee (0-2), A O Laoi (0-4, 2f), N Lee. Subs: L O Ceallaigh for T Comer, A O hIarnain for N Lee.

Referee - B Judge.

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