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IT'S FLYNNCREDIBLE; MAYO 0-12 GALWAY 1-12; CONNACHT SFC S-FINAL FROM CASTLEBAR; Tribe rise from slumber as Tom's goal inspires heroic win in Castlebar.

Byline: JOHN FALLON

GALWAY created the shock of the summer as they dumped Mayo out of the Connacht Championship.

A superb goal from Thomas Flynn turned the game in Galway's favour as they ended Mayo's hopes of a record six in a row in Connacht.

The Athenry man (below) struck for the only goal of the game after 55 minutes as Kevin Walsh's Galway came with a storming finish.

Shell-shocked Mayo just had no answer as Galway finished strongly to seal a famous win.

Mayo were forced to dig deep to deal with the fired-up challenge from Tribesmen but they finished the opening half strongly to lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

In the difficult wet conditions Galway got an edge around the middle of the field, forcing Mayo to go short with kickouts and it took them a long time to get moving even though Cillian O'Connor pointed a fifth minute '45.

But Galway were rewarded for some good football with Eamon Brannigan, one of five debutants in the side, finding the target after a good pass from Paul Conroy.

The experienced Gary Sice edged them in front with a free.

Sice extended that lead to 0-3 to 0-1 after 22 minutes as Mayo, who finished the half with 10 wides, missed several good chances.

The crowd of 21,784 saw O'Connor pull back a free before Shane Walsh flashed over a point for Galway.

And then another debutant Johnny Heaney had a goal chance fly over the bar.

But the champions responded strongly before the break with Colm Boyle going forward for an inspirational point and Tom Parsons quickly followed two minutes from the break to leave one between them.

Then Cillian O'Connor landed a free from 45 metres to level the sides before the five minutes of injury time added when Mayo midfielder Jason Gibbons had to go off with a shoulder ailment.

Wing-back Lee Keegan went forward to edge Mayo in front and then Stephen Coen found the range to make it 0-7 to 0-5.

Brannigan hit back with his second point for Galway but Mayo went in two ahead at the interval when Jason Doherty pointed.

Points from Evan Regan and O'Connor (two) saw Mayo open up a four points lead and it was expected that they would push on from that 0-11 to 0-7 lead.

But it was Galway who dug deep and took over. Full-back Declan Kyne led the way for a superb last line of defence where all three of them were making their Championship debuts.

Sice pulled back a point and then the turning point came when Flynn intercepted a short kickout from goalkeeper Hennelly and soloed through before drilling a powerful low shot to the net.

Galway followed up that score with a point from Conroy and Mayo knew they were in trouble.

Danny Cummins raced through to score to open up a 1-10 to 0-11 lead with 13 minutes left.

Sice kept his composure with a free for the 5/1 outsiders and then Conroy went forward to put four between them and Mayo couldn't find the goal they badly needed.

TEAMS

MAYO: R Hennelly; C Boyle (0-1) (D Vaughan 46-47, blood), K Keane (D Vaughan 59), B Harrison (D O'Connor 59); S Coen (0-1), L Keegan (0-1), P Durcan; A O'Shea, J Gibbons (S O'Shea 21); K McLoughlin, C O'Connor (0-6, 5f, 1 '45), T Parsons (0-1) (A Freeman 69); E Regan (0-1f) (A Moran 64), J Doherty (0-1), K Higgins.

GALWAY: B Power; MOTM D Kyne, E Kerin, D Wynne; G O'Donnell, L Silke, G Bradshaw; P Conroy (0-2), T Flynn (1-0) (E Tierney 71, black card); G Sice (0-4, 3f), S Walsh (0-1) (A Varley 66), J Heaney (0-1) (S Denvir 69); E Brannigan (0-3), D Comer, D Cummins (0-1) (P Sweeney 66).

REFEREE: C Lane (Cork)

MAN OF THE MATCH

DECLAN KYNE 9

Outstanding effort in a full-back line where all three Galway players were making their SFC debuts

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BACK ON TOP Shane Walsh is carried on shoulders of Galway fans last night and, above, Gary Sice at final whistle
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Date:Jun 19, 2016
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