By Peter Nolan
Big performances from Joe Coulter (1-7) and Ronan McGee (0-8) kept Mayo’s Senior B playoff hopes alive while putting a dagger in the hearts of their opponent, Cork, Sunday at Gaelic Park. Behind the high scoring Coulter and McGee, Mayo racked up an impressive total of 1-18, leaving Cork in the dust with 0-8.
Mayo got on top early, with midfielder Ronan McGarrity supplying the opening point. Coutler, and then McGee, twice extended the Westerners’ lead to 0-4 before Cork could erase the zero from their side of the scoreboard. Cork’s point proved costly — to Cork. Midfielder Pat Mahoney knocked over a great point after a long solo run. Unfortunately, Mahoney came up lame after his fine score and limped from the playing field moments later.
Cork were in trouble already against a determined Mayo team and they could ill afford the loss of Mahoney, probably their top performer. Brendan Horan banged over another Mayo point in response to Mahoney’s score and Mayo pressed ahead to the half to lead 0-9 to 0-3 at the break.
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Mayo continued their dominance in the second half. It all ended when full forward Coulter buried a Mayo goal and Cork’s hopes were buried as well.
Man of the Match: Joe Coulter.
Mayo: John Brown, Niall McMahon, Lee Kelly, Seamus Glenn, Eamon McEvoy, Damien Henley, Dave Colloran, Ronan McGarriry (0-1), Tom O’Grady, Martin Cullen, Brendan Horan (0-1), Ronan McGee (0-8), Liam McDonald, Joe Coulter (1-7), David Quinn. Subs: Paul Fitzmaurice, Kevin Tuohy, Mickey McGahon (0-1).
Cork: Jeremy Holland, Sean Healey, Seamus Healey, Enda Lally, Liam Hanley, Jamie Lally, Paddy Harrington, Pat Mahoney (0-1), C.J. Doherty, Brian Flood (0-7), Steve O’Shea, Barry Brennan, Tadgh Callaghan, Mike McCarthy, Brendan Wylie. Subs: Denis Kiley.