Mayo minors win All Ireland title

The Mayo Minor football team are All Ireland champions in 2013 after defeating Tyrone by 2-13 to 1-13 in an exciting final in Croke Park.

Mayo, who last won the All Ireland Minor title in 1985, got off to a shaky start, but by halftime had nudged ahead by one point (1-4-0-6) after a terrific Tommy Conroy goal in the 29th minute.

Mayo took control after the re-start with the forwards finally hitting form and scoring 3 points without reply in as many minutes.

When Dara Doherty got a second Mayo goal after 38 minutes it looked like Mayo were coasting to victory.

But Tyrone fought back bravely and it took some outstanding defensive play – most notably from Man of the Match, cornerback, David Kenny, who was on the line to prevent a certain Tyrone goal when the keeper had been beaten.

Mayo got some wonderful late points to ensure victory and make certain that the last-minute Tyrone goal was nothing more than a consolation prize for the Northerners.

The All Ireland winning Mayo Minor team:

Mark Mulligan Claremorris, Eddie Doran – Achill, Seamus Cunniffe – Ballaghaderreen, David Kenny – Aghamore, Michael Hall – Breaffy, Stephen Coen – Hollymount/Carramore, Sean Conlon – Castlebar Mitchels, Val Roughneen – Balla, Diarmuid O’Connor – Ballintubber, Conor Loftus – Crossmolina, Michael Plunkett – Ballintubber, Padraig Prendergast – Louisburgh, Darragh Doherty – Kilmaine, Liam Irwin – Breaffy, Tommy Conroy – Kiltane, Matthew Flanagan – Balla Hugh Cafferty – Crossmolina, Kevin Jordan – Mayo Gaels, Ronan Finn – Claremorris, Brian Walsh – Ballintubber, Matthew Ruane – Breaffy, Fionán Duffy – Crossmolina, James Langan – Knockmore, Conor Byrne – Moy Davitts

Team Management: Manager: Enda Gilvarry, James Mitchell – Coach, Eoin Sweeney – Selector, Kevin Walsh – Selector, Martin Costello – Selector, David Lowther – Physio, James Harrison – Doctor.

By Anthony Hickey

Follow writer and photographer, Anthony Hickey, as he travels around his native Co. Mayo, Ireland.