Mayo deliver blow to Dublin’s championship preparations

Mayo 1-19 Dublin 0-14

The Connacht champions bossed this one-sided game from start to finish and a 21st minute goal from Trevor Mortimer set them up for a facile victory over their disappointing guests.

Mayo led at half-time by 1-9 to 0-6 with Conor Mortimer kicking four points (three from frees) and the impressive Alan Freeman landing three fine scores from play. The second half was a similar story as Mayo kept their visitors at arm’s length and only a few late scores from the hard-working Conal Keaney, Alan Hubbard and Kevin McManamon glossed the final scoreline.

On a positive note for Pat Gilroy, Rory O’Carroll looked solid at full-back, Ross McConnell and Eamonn Fennell won plenty of possession, and Mossy Quinn got 35 minutes of football under his belt. However, with Bernard Brogan struggling to get any change out of Mayo full-back Ger Cafferkey, Dublin struggled for scores. MAYO: D Clarke; T Howley, G Cafferkey, K Higgins; P Gardiner, T Cunniffe, K McLoughlin; T Parsons, R McGarrity (0-1); A Moran (0-5), BJ Padden, T Mortimer (1-0); C Mortimer (0-5, 4fs), B Moran (0-1), A Freeman (0-3).

Subs used: E Varley, P Harte (0-1), S O’Shea (0-1), L O’Malley, M Ronaldson (0-1), A O’Shea, K Conroy, S Nally, A Feeney, K O’Malley, N Douglas (0-1).

DUBLIN: M Savage; P Conlon, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; D Bastic, G Brennan, B Cahill; R McConnell, E Fennell (0-1); D Henry (0-2), M McAuley, N Corkery; C Keaney (0-4, 1f), B Brogan (0-3, 2fs), K McManamon (0-1).

Subs used: S Cluxton, A Hubbard (0-1), P Burke, T Quinn (0-1), D Connolly (0-1), J McCarthy, P McMahon.

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