Cillian O'Connor feels the new wave of young players in the Mayo panel have reinvigorated the team as they booked their place in the Connacht final.

Mayo saw off Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park, dominating proceedings, to set up a clash against Galway.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after a Man of the Match display, O'Connor highlighted the contribution of the younger generation to Mayo's run to the provincial decider.

"The young lads have done really well. There are a lot of them who have settled in and some of them who aren't even here today that are pushing the standards on outside the 26, bursting trying to get into it," he said.

"So they've added a bit of freshness and a bit of innocence to it, so we're just enjoying it, going session to session and taking it week by week." 

O'Connor pointed to central areas as the key to the win as well as overcoming Roscommon's initial advantage at the breaking ball.

"Around the middle we did quite well," he said.

"Initially we were struggling on breaking ball and that was a platform for their attacks. 

"Then we started winning breaks and winning 50:50s in the middle. That probably gave us a good start."