Photo: Mayo GAA TV
Today was JFC semi-final day within the county and following this afternoon’s two penultimate round ties it’s Achill and Balla who will contest the Pete McDonnell Cup two weeks from now. Achill got the better of Kilmeena by 2-14 to 0-16 at MacHale Park in Castlebar while over at James Stephens Park in Ballina it was the boys from Balla who emerged victorious, beating Killala by 0-17 to 0-9.
I wasn’t in the west myself this weekend but, like many others, I had a ring-side seat for the Achill/Kilmeena semi-final thanks to the excellent Mayo GAA TV service. It really is a gift to be able to tune into the club action regardless of where you happen to be located, either within the country or further afield globally.
Achill grabbed control of the match at MacHale Park right from the start today and it was a hold they never subsequently relinquished. For large parts of the first half Kilmeena were unable to get the ball up the pitch at all and Achill’s dominance in the possession stakes was reflected on the scoreboard, their lead stretching to nine points at one stage.
That gap was pared back to six at the break but although Kilmeena made a determined effort to chase the game in the second half it was always going to be a tall order. Their hopes of reeling Achill in ended when the Islanders bagged a rather fortuitous second goal, when a booming effort for a point cannoned back off the upright and Michael D McNamara was perfectly positioned to punch the rebound to the net.
I’ve no idea what the story of the match was over in Ballina but I know a man who does – Colm Gannon of the Mayo Advertiser was there and his match report (which includes a round-up of the main JFC results) is here.
Just to confirm the results of those other JFC matches played today:
JFC A Championship
- RELEGATION FINAL: Ballina Stephenites B 0-18 Crossmolina Deel Rovers B 1-11
JFC B Championship
- SEMI-FINALS: Kiltimagh B 6-10 v Moygownagh 2-7; Claremorris B 1-10 Westport B 0-10
JFC C Championship
- SEMI-FINALS: Louisburgh B 1-8 Burrishoole B 0-8; Parke B 2-8 Belmullet B 0-12.
This weekend’s JFC action – and much more besides – will feature in the next episode of the Mayo News football podcast, which will be online and available to listen to this coming Tuesday. Sure where would you be without it?