Round 1 V Louth
Mayo’s Division 4 League journey began back in early March when they made the long trip to a scenic, cool but sun trenched Cooley Kickhams GAA club to play Louth in their refixed Division 4 round one match.
The game itself appeared to be going all Mayo’s way during the first half, however a spirited fightback in the second half by the home team gave the Mayo management some concern before they ran out 7-point winners. The last 4 scores to seal the win came in injury time.
Round 2 V Wicklow
Another long journey to Arklow for the Mayo team, but worth it as they ran out convincing winners against Wicklow on a scoreline of 3.10 to Wicklow’s 13 points.
Mayo took a commanding lead during the first 9 minutes of the game holding Wicklow scoreless and building up a 3 goals and 2 point lead. It was a fierce start to the game by the Mayo players.
Wicklow put some points on the board during the first half after the blistering start from Mayo, a testament to their fighting spirit.
The second half was marred with horrendous weather yet Wicklow mounted a significant comeback putting another 7 points on the board.
However, Mayo were in control of this match from the start and added another 4 points during the second half to ensure a victory.
Round 3 V Tyrone
Mayo’s only home match came in round three when Tyrone made the long trip to Tooreen. Beautiful sunshine with a strong breeze were the weather conditions for the match.
This fixture was eagerly anticipated as the last time these two teams met was in the Nancy Murray Cup Final, which Mayo won after a close second half battle.
Back to this year and while Tyrone were fast and caused many turnovers throughout the game – putting the Mayo backlines under pressure more than a few times during each half, this match was Mayo’s from the outset.
The Mayo team took a commanding victory from this round three fixture to take them, unbeaten into the Division 4 Final against Wicklow on Sunday 10th April.
The Mayo team have had lots of game time under the belts this season and will be in a good place heading into this final. Having played Wicklow in Round 2 of the League they will have learned a lot from that match and will take all the experience and knowledge into this final.
All going well for the Mayo players it will be promotion to Division 3 for 2023, another fantastic step on the ladder for a team that only fielded an adult team for the first time in a long time last year.
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