Our minors took the journey to Marcievicz Park in Sligo today to compete against Cavan for the Tesco Minor C All Ireland Championship title.
Mayo began the match with with three unanswered points through before Cavan opened their account after 8 mins with a point.
The first quarter’s play flowed and this suited Mayo who added another point before the water break again. Cavan began to gain a little momentum with two points scored in quick succession.
The second quarter felt a little disjointed as there were several injuries with Mayo losing their captain and a key player, but they added another point through a free.
Cavan were capitalising on their momentum and putting immense pressure on the Mayo goal which forced the Mayo defence to spring into action and make a couple of great saves and clearances.
Just before the half time whistle the Cavan pressure paid off and Cavan put the ball in the back of the net for a goal.
Cavan led the match by 3 points going into the half -time break.
Mayo started the second half with intent and Mayo began to attack and had a great chance on goal 2 minutes in, but it was dealt with convincingly by the Cavan defense.
The Cavan attack ramped up and the Mayo backs had to work hard and made some great blockdowns to keep out the ball.
Throughout the second half there were great performances from the Mayo players to the second half water break with only one point in the game Cavan 1.05 to Mayo 0.07 heading into the final quarter.
Just after the water break Cavan scored a goal again through Aoibha Conaty and this gave Cavan great impetus to push on, which they did.
While Mayo only scored one point in the final quarter they maintained good possession throughout the second half but the Cavan defense made short work of moving the ball out of danger.
Final Score Cavan 2.05 Mayo 0.08
Mayo’s defensive lines worked really hard and along with the midfield players the ball was consistently moved up towards the forward lines.
The forwards had a tough day as the Cavan defensive lines were so solid, but they all fought the good fight and worked hard to win possession.
This year the Minor team have had a fantastic season, and while the cup was not theirs this year, it was a joy to watch them play with such confidence, skill and talent.
The team was led by management team Ger Doherty, Miriam Page, Fergal Delaney. Helped on the sideline by first aiders Claire Delaney, Elaine Tener & Physio Eleanor Harrison.
The Mayo Camogie County Board would like to congratulate players, management and backroom panel on a fantastic season and achievement in reaching the final.
We look forward to following their journey in 2022.
Mayo: Roisin Lynskey, Caragh Burke, Aoibheann Crawley, Eabha Delaney, Emily Kelly, Aoife Doherty (0.04), Niamh Greally, Caoimhe Delaney, Saoirse Delaney, Lilian Keane (0.1), Claire Flanagan, Fionnuala McLaughlin (0.2), Emer Delaney, (0.1) Eimear Geraghty, Ruby Lambert.
Subs: Laoise Greally for Niamh Greally; Aoibhinn Lynskey for Eimear Geraghty; Niamh Greally for Claire Flanagan.