Mayo have got 2023 off to a winning start after defeating Roscommon 0-13 to 0-9 in the Connacht Football League.
It was not the most exciting of encounters in the Air Dome, as Roscommon only managed to muster up two points to Mayo’s five in the opening half.
Two points apiece within five minutes of the restart set the second half off at a higher tempo, but the late appearance of Cillian O’Connor proved a sorry sight for the Rossies as the Ballintubber man nabbed two points from play in the closing minutes.
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— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) January 20, 2023
Down in Munster, Cork saw off Limerick to claim the McGrath Cup, winning in Mallow on a scoreline of 0-19 to 2-7.
A goal either side of the break was not enough for the Treaty men, who trailed throughout thanks in part to the sharpshooting of captain Brian Hurley and Steven Sherlock.
Scorers for Mayo: Ryan O’Donoghue 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1m), Cillian O’Connor 0-2 (0-1f), Fionn McDonagh 0-1, Conor McStay 0-1, Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1 45, Jordan Flynn 0-1, Stephen Coen 0-1, Enda Hession 0-1, Conor Loftus 0-1.
Scorers for Roscommon: Diarmuid Murtagh 0-2, Conor Cox 0-2 (0-1f), Donie Smith 0-2, Niall Daly 0-1, Keith Doyle 0-1, Peter Gillooly 0-1.
Mayo: Colm Reape; Jack Coyne, Rory Brickenden, Enda Hession; Donnacha McHugh, Conor Loftus, Stephen Coen; Jordan Flynn, Diarmuid O’Connor; Fionn McDonagh, Bob Tuohy, Bryan Walsh; Aiden Orme, Conor McStay, Ryan O’Donoghue.
Subs: Jack Carney for McDonagh (29), Aidan O’Shea for Tuohy (47), Eoghan McLaughlin for Walsh (49), Paul Towey for McStay (51), Sam Callinan for McHugh (53), Cillian O’Connor for Orme (57), Ruairí Keane for Hession (63), Ethan Gibbons for O’Donoghue (68), Fenton Kelly for Loftus (70+3), Joe Tuohy for Coen (70+3).
Roscommon: Conor Carroll; Conor Hussey, Conor Daly, Eoin McCormack; Robbie Dolan, Brian Stack, Niall Daly; Rúáidhrí Fallon, Keith Doyle; Cian Glennon, Ciaráin Murtagh, Dylan Ruane; Diarmuid Murtagh, Ciarán Lennon, Paul Carey.
Subs: Donie Smith for C Murtagh (half-time), Conor Cox for Carey (half-time), Adam McDermott for D Murtagh (44), Darragh Heneghan for Glennon (51), Connell Kennelly for Ruane (51), Colin Walsh for N Daly (56), Ben O’Carroll for Lennon (56), Paul McGrath for Fallon (68), Peter Gillooly for McCormack (70), Dylan Gaughan for O’Carroll (70+2), McCormack for Gaughan (70+4, blood).
Referee: Michael McGirl (Leitrim)
Scorers for Cork: Steven Sherlock 0-7 (7f), Brian O’Driscoll 0-1, Chris Og Jones 0-1, Brian Hurley 0-7 (1f), John O’Rourke 0-2, Colm O’Callaghan 0-1.
Scorers for Limerick: Cian Sheehan 0-4 (3f), Iain Corbett (1-1),Cillian Fahey 0-1, Davy Lyons (1-0), Robbie Bourke (0-1).
Cork: Micheál Aodh Martin; Thomas Clancy, Daniel O’Mahony, Kevin O’Donovan, Luke Fahy, Paul Walsh, Matty Taylor, Colm O’Callaghan, Rory Maguire, Eoghan McSweeney, Killian O’Hanlon, Brian O’Driscoll, Chris Óg Jones, Brian Hurley, Steven Sherlock.
Subs: Sean Meehan for Thomas Clancy (HT), Tommy Walsh for Daniel O’Mahony (HT), John O’Rourke for Eoghan McSweeney (51), Ruairi Deane for Killian O’Hanlon (61),Cian Kiely for Luke Fahey (67), Mark Cronin for Steven Sherlock (70), Shane Meritt for Rory Maguire (70), Sean Powter for Paul Walsh (70).
Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan; David Connolly, Davy Lyons, Barry Coleman, Brian Fanning, Iain Corbett, Jack Ryan, Michael Donovan, Cillian Fahy, Gordon Brown, Cian Sheehan, Paul Maher, Adrian Enright, Cathal Downes, James Naughton.
Subs: Robbie Bourke for Jack Ryan (51), Killian Ryan for Sean O’Dea (67), Peter Nash for Gordon Brown (67), Colm McSweeney for Barry Coleman (70).
Referee: Brian Fleming (Kerry).