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3 Mayo players who caught our eye against Galway



Mike Finnerty

Fenton Kelly

THE University of Limerick student was handed his first senior start and will have learned a lot from the experience.
Picked at right-half back, he was comfortable on the ball, looked extremely quick across the ground, and obviously has a lot of athleticism and football in him.
Marking Galway’s experienced half-forward Johnny Heaney was never going to be easy; the Killanin man has been around the block for years and used his street-smarts cleverly.
Heaney finished with three points and put in his usual hard-working shift.
But Kelly — who is related to former Mayo defender Colm Boyle — will be all the better for the exercise and is definitely one to watch with the Under-20s.

Bryan Walsh

AFTER only managing three starts last season, due to a succession of injuries that left him sidelined for months at a time, the wing-forward was back in action last weekend.
It was obvious from the early stages that Walsh was mad for road, and that he had made the most of his pre-season training. He went on to put in an excellent performance.
It was embroidered with a hat-trick of eye-catching points, a couple of which also showcased his balance and technical ability.
There is going to be fierce competition for places in the Mayo half-forwardline this season, but the Ballyglass man couldn’t have done much more to impress management on Saturday.

Paul Towey

THERE are no shortage of people in the county who feel that Towey has what it takes to make an impact at senior inter-county level.
After his impressive display in the Air Dome, his ‘Fan Club’ will feel they are right too.
The corner-forward got his chance and took it with both hands, finishing with 1-4 and working hard whether he had the ball or was trying to win it back.
His first half goal was taken confidently and clinically, and he clipped a few points from long-range that showed what he can do with ball in hand.
There will be tighter-marking corner-backs and much tougher assignments to come in the weeks ahead, but this was a good start.


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