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Published: 21:18 | 18/6/16

Galway shock Mayo in Castlebar

Tribesmen reach Connacht decider

Galway beat Mayo for the first time in eight years to end their neighbours' quest for six Connacht SFC titles in succession.

The victorious Tribesmen set up a date with Roscommon in the Connacht decider after a Thomas Flynn goal midway through the second half proved the difference in Castlebar as Galway deservedly won out by 1-12 to 0-12.

Mayo, tipped by many to challenge for All-Ireland glory this year, were badly out of sorts and will now have to take the scenic route via the qualifiers if they are to still be involved at the business end of the summer.

The home side led by 0-08 to 0-06 after a low quality first half which saw Galway set up with 13 men behind the ball as they sought to frustrate their neighbours.

It was a tactic that appeared to be working as the Tribesmen led by 0-05 to 0-02 coming up to the half hour mark, but a late spurt from Mayo saw them move clear.

They appeared to be cruising towards another Connacht final as they built up a four-point cushion midway through the second period before Flynn's goal turned the game on its head.

Gary Sice had reduced the arrears to three just before Flynn's strike and quick points from Paul Conroy and Danny Cummins suddenly saw Galway open up a two point advantage at 1-10 to 0-11 with just over twelve minutes to play.

A Sice free shortly afterwards extended the lead to three and a major upset was on the cards.

Conroy added an insurance point and even though, Cillian O'Connor split the posts with a free for Mayo as the game moved into injury time, their first score in over 20 minutes, Galway held on for a deserved victory and a place in the Connacht SFC final.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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