Mayo win FBD League

Mayo 0-12 Galway 0-9

Mayo put an end to Galway's second half comeback as they came out on top in today's Connacht FBD League 'home' final at McHale Park.

Having trailed by four points, the Tribesmen got back on terms with just eight minutes remaining, but subsequent points from Ronan McGarrity, Chris Barrett, Enda Varley and Seamus O'Shea saw Mayo take the win on a 0-12 to 0-9 scoreline.

Mayo fielded a strong starting line-up, including Mark Ronaldson, their scoring hero from last weekend's NFL win in Tyrone, while Galway started with only five players from the side that beat Monaghan last time out, and had Joe Bergin installed at full-forward.

In a competitive first half, Mayo foraged into a 0-6 to 0-4 lead for half-time. McGarrity, Varley (0-2), Peadar Gardiner, Ronaldson and Andy Moran were all on target for the home side, while Joe Kernan's charges had points from free-takers Eoin Concannon and Cillian de Paor, and Barry Cullinane who slotted in beside Niall Coleman in centre-field.

Mayo created the first real goal-scoring chance, just moments into the second period, when Ronaldson and Varley combined to set up Aidan O'Shea whose powerful shot cannoned back off the post. Varley swooped on the rebound to score Mayo's seventh point, and another from Moran put four points between the sides.

But Galway, who won this title last year, bounced back to make a real dogfight of it, showing much more commitment and will to win then when they lost here to Mayo - 2-14 to 1-10 - in their NFL opener two weeks ago.

Gary O'Donnell, who was a real influence as a roaming wing back, struck two points from play, Bergin added his name to the scoresheet and de Paor converted a free to square things up at 0-8 apiece.

Mayo responded strongly with two points in the space of a minute, from McGarrity and Barrett. Varley and de Paor swapped frees as the game ticked into injury-time and Mayo confirmed the result with a fisted effort from Seamus O'Shea.

It was the current Connacht champions' fourth successive win over Galway, including last summer's provincial final triumph, and puts them in good stead for their return to NFL action against Dublin on March 7.

Mayo will travel to the Big Apple in October to face New York in the 'away' decider in the FBD League.

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