Mayo U13s

  • The Mayo U13s wrapped up their 2019 Gaynor Cup at University of Limerick on Bank Holiday Monday by facing Limerick Desmond in the Plate Final.

     

    A recurring theme over the past 3 days has been how much bigger and physically stronger their opponents have been girl for girl compared to Mayo.

     

    It was even more pronounced yesterday with the added factor of tiredness catching up in the green and red girls.

     

    Limerick Desmond flew out of the traps and were 2 up in a matter of minutes and led 3 -0 at the interval.

     

    Things didn't improve from a Mayo point in the 2nd half with the Treaty City side adding 2 further goals and the young Mayo side being unable to get on the scoresheet.

     

    Full time and a 5 -0 defeat which was really tough on a bunch of girls who had given their absolute all over the 5 matches they played. Tournament football can quite often throw up games like this as all of us who have been involved with Gaynor Cup sides over the years can attest to.

     

    Runners up in the Plate Final with an overall finish of 10th (out of 20 teams) in the competition in this first year of this age format is most certainly in the "glass half full" category. They may not believe it today but in facing bigger, stronger more physical opposition so frequently, the Mayo girls are having to hone their technical skill-set.

     

    This will really stand to them when they close the gap physically with the other teams.

    Speaking afterwards Mayo Girls Emerging Talent Head Coach John Flanagan was fulsome in his praise for the girls first and foremost and how they conducted themselves on and off the pitch and a pleasure to be around.

     

    John also lauded the girls' management team led by Brendan Mc Hugh, everyone else who had helped including the house mothers, kit girl, p.r.o and the Mayo Schoolboys/Girls League.

     

    Mayo will have both U12 and U15 Girls teams participating in the 2nd part of the Gaynor Cup during the last weekend in June when the Mayo girls will once again take their places among the country's top female footballers. We have absolutely no doubt that they will hold their own.

  • Played at llistrum FC grounds;

    Finn Harps 0, Mayo U13s 1.

    In what was a very open and competitive game Mayo U13s secured the win with a Luke Flatley goal that keeps them at the top of their division going into the final rounds. Best wishes to Mayo goalkeeper Conor Stapleton for a speedy recovery from a hand injury sustained early in the game.

    Played at Drumoghill FC grounds, Letterkenny;

    Finn Harps SL U15s 5, Mayo SL 1.

    Following last weeks draw in Sligo this was a game that the Mayo side were looking to win so to secure a top 3 finish in their group. Mayo started strongly and created a number of clear cut chances however conceded following a Finn Harps corner and a good strike from outside the box. Credit to the Mayo side as they fought back to equalize with a superb Sean Sweeney goal from an execellent delivery from Cian Benson to leave is 1-1 at half time. Unfortunately the second half proved to be an uphill battle for the Mayo lads as they pressed for the win they were hit early on the break for goals by the stronger free flowing Finn Harps side and the 5-1 result is probably an unfair reflection on the overall game.

    The Mayo lads will now regroup for a home game on Sunday next in Milebush Solar Park against Longford Town and look to get what has been a positive campaign so far back on track.

  • Mayo U13s made it three wins from three in the SFAI Subway Interleague Championship by defeating Galway 1 nil in Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday.

    The win leaves Mayo in a strong position at the top of the group with just one round of fixtures to play before the group winners advance to the national semi finals.

    Galway were the better team in the first half and were unlucky not go go in at the break ahead but Mayo got better as the game went on and the goal, when it came from the penalty spot courtesy of Owen Elding after Kieran McGreevy was taken down in the box, was just rewards after a period of sustained  pressure.

    Next up is a trip to Athlone in February for the league leaders.