Intermediate team off to a winning start in the league. Lahardane 0-5 Mayo Gaels 0-10

November 8, 2018

Lahardane 0-5 Mayo Gaels 0-10

Played at the foot of a snow covered Nephin our intermediate team got their division 1D league campaign off to a winning start with a hard fought five point win over Lahardane. While the Gaels always seemed in control of this game the outcome could have been different if the Lahardane free taker had brought his scoring boots! Lahardane were first off the mark inside the opening two minutes with a point from play. The Gaels dominated the next fifteen minutes and registered scores through points from play from Joe Gilroy, Mallie Byrne and Danny Burke. Danny also contributed two pointed frees during this period to leave the Gaels leading 0-1 to 0-5.

Lahardane responded through a free before two further Danny Burke scores, one from play and one from a free, stretched the Gaels lead to six by the twenty seventh minute. The sides swapped frees in first half injury time with the Gaels score coming from Mallie Byrne to leave the have time score 0-3 to 0-8 in favour of the Gaels.

The second half was a forgetful affair with the deteriorating pitch resulting in a scrappy and error ridden game. Lahardane dominated the opening ten minutes of the half but could not turn their possession or territory into scores. Their only return was a point from play. The first Gaels score of the second half came in the forty first minute when full forward James Fallon kicked a well taken score from play. With scores at a premium each side could only manage a further point each for the remainder of the half. Lahardane kicked another free to reduce the Gaels lead to four points. A Mallie Byrne free with three minute remaining after hard work by Damien Quinn secured the points for the Gaels.

Best for the Gaels on the evening were the outstanding Adrian Heneghan, Shane Vahey, Mark Nally and Danny Burke. Next weekend is a a rare weekend off before they resume the league at home to Kilmaine on the weekend of April 18th.

Mayo Gaels Team: Cathal Vahey, Noel Morris, Adrian Heneghan, Anthony Byrne, Allyn Brett, Naill Brett, Shane Vahey, Barry Commons, Mark Nally, Mallie Byrne (0-3, 2f), Jonathan Griffin, Joe Gilroy (0-1), Dermot Browne, James Fallon (0-1), Danny Burke (0-5, 3f). Subs. John Sloyan for Allyn Brett (inj), Damien Quinn for Dermot Browne.