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It's all too easy for Mayo

By John Campbell

Mayo manager James Horan knows that for the rest of the Championship season it is unlikely that his side will enjoy an easier passage in any game than that in which they revelled yesterday.

What had been portrayed in advance as a tough, tight Connacht senior football championship quarter-final against deadly rivals Galway instead became the ultimate walk in the park with last season's beaten All-Ireland finalists winning by 4-16 to 0-11.

In a match which was done and dusted by half-time when Mayo led by 3-9 to 0-9, Galway suffered the ignominy of losing Gareth Bradshaw and Niall Coleman to red cards and had their opponents not taken their foot off the accelerator they might have suffered even more embarrassment.

The wily Horan will certainly not read too much into this encounter in terms of his team ending the county's All-Ireland title famine stretching back to 1951.

"We showed very good application and set the victory up in the first half. The margin of the win surprised me but there will be tougher tasks ahead," insisted Horan.

Cathal Carolan, Enda Varley and Donal Vaughan landed Mayo's first half goals, Aidan O'Shea shone at midfield and Andy Moran made a stunning return to score their fourth goal.

Galway brought neither intensity nor cohesion to the table and never matched Mayo.

And the same could be said of Carlow when they lost by 3-15 to 1-10 to Westmeath in the Leinster championship to set up an appetising tie with Dublin.

Meanwhile, Mickey Harte is expected to confirm his Tyrone line-up for Sunday's Ulster championship quarter-final tie against Donegal at a Club Tyrone gala function at the Garvaghy Centre of Excellence on Thursday night.

Aidan Cassidy is the only Tyrone player ruled out although there are doubts over Dermot Carlin, PJ Quinn and Justin McMahon. Skipper Stephen O'Neill looks likely to lead the side after missing the league final against Dublin.

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