Green and Reds prevail
MAYO'S dream of a first All-Ireland MFC since 1985 is very much alive following their semi-final dismissal of Monaghan, 3-19 to 1-12, in Croke Park yesterday.
The Connacht men always looked the better side but it was not until the second half that they really made their dominance count on the scoreboard after leading 1-10 to 1-6 at the interval.
The first half goals arrive within the space of a minute. Firstly, Conor McCarthy had drawn Monaghan level in the 23rd minute (1-4 to 0-7) but their celebrations had hardly abated when Conor Loftus fired to the Farney County net at the other end. Darragh Doherty's classy four-point haul was the highlight of a polished display by the Connacht champions.
Mayo got their crucial goal in the fifth minute of the second half when Monaghan 'keeper Conor Forde failed to hold Pádraig Prendergast's dropping shot, and Michael Plunkett was on hand the finish to an empty net to catapult his side eight points clear. To crown a fine hard-working display, Tommy Conroy grabbed Mayo's third goal with a stunning finish at the Hill 16 end.