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Both of the clubs involved in this afternoon’s county final were aiming to secure their third ever senior title but while most of the attention ahead of throw-in at McHale Park today was focused on Ballintubber’s drive for three-in-a-row it was Ballaghaderreen who got their hands on the Moclair Cup at the finish. They were deserving winners too, finishing a full eight points clear of the deposed champions.
I wasn’t at McHale Park today – a too-full domestic schedule up here this weekend as well as, to be a honest, a bit of post-All-Ireland ennui on my part meant that I never really thought too seriously about making the trip west for the county’s blue riband contest. I didn’t even see all the match on television either but I caught enough of it to see that it was yet another low scoring and generally sub-par county final.
Ballagh led by three at the break and were two to the good when I started to follow proceedings on TG4 but they were clearly on top at that stage, with all of the traffic heading in the direction of Ballintubber’s goal at the Albany end. The defending champions had already finished their day’s scoring at that stage – and a miserly total it was too, just four points in the whole afternoon – and Alan Dillon was about to be replaced after the clash of heads that effectively ended his part in the contest. Ballagh, though, were about to cut loose and they added 1-3 to their total before the final whistle sounded, winning the title with ease.
Colm Gannon’s match report in the Mayo Advertiser is here and Emmet Ryan from Action81.com – who, unlike me, did make the trip down from the capital for the game – provides his take on the decider here.
In today’s curtain-raiser at McHale Park, the Junior final between The Neale and Ardnaree ended in a draw at 1-5 apiece. The replay will take place at McHale Park next Saturday (27th) at 4pm.
Elsewhere today, Ballina retained their senior status with a very comfortable 2-15 to 1-5 win over Kiltane at Knockmore while Charlestown got their Connacht Intermediate campaign going in style when they crushed the Galway champions Carna-Cashel by 1-13 to 0-6 at Pearse Stadium. I know it’s early days yet but I think there’s a good chance we could be seeing these lads in Croke Park in the spring. I’m not sure the same could be said, however, of today’s newly-crowned senior champs.