A new year of football action got going tonight, with that historic first inter-county match played at an indoor venue when Sligo got the better of Andy Moran’s Leitrim by four points in the FBD League.
The 1-21 to 1-17 scoreline racked up in that game played in the Air Dome at the Connacht Centre of Excellence demonstrated the good sense to use the Dome as the venue for all this month’s FBD ties. It certainly made sense tonight, as it was pelting down rain outside while the match was being played in perfect conditions inside the Dome.
Friday evening’s FBD semi-final between Mayo and Galway at the same venue (throw-in 6pm) could, then, be a real belter. Pre-season clashes in January aren’t normally high-scoring encounters but, on tonight’s evidence, there’s every chance the Friday’s one will be too.
As was the case tonight, Friday’s match is being streamed live by Connacht GAA (details here). A match pass for the game costs €10.
Aside from that bit of inter-county jousting, the coming weekend sees two Connacht club football finals involving Mayo teams taking place. One of these matches is on Saturday and the other on Sunday.
The Saturday one is the Connacht Junior football decider, in which Mayo champions Kilmeena are up against St Patrick’s of Sligo. The final will be played at Markievicz Park, Sligo, where throw-in is 1.30pm. Midwest Radio will have full match commentary live from Markievicz Park.
Then on Sunday Knockmore take on Padraig Pearses of Roscommon in the Connacht Senior football final. That provincial decider has been fixed for James Stephens Park in Ballina, with a 1.30pm throw-in. TG4 will be broadcasting it live.