There was important provincial club action at Senior, Intermediate and Junior level this weekend and, from a county perspective, it was a case of one win from three.
That win was achieved yesterday by Davitts when they overcame Padraig Pearses of Roscommon in the Connacht Intermediate final at Kiltoom. It was an impressive win too with the south Mayo lads prevailing on a 1-13 to 0-8 scoreline and they now go forward to face the Leinster champions in the All-Ireland semi-final next January. Colm Gannon’s match report from Kiltoom is here.
There was a double header at McHale Park this afternoon, with two Mayo-Galway clashes on the card but sadly both results went the neighbours’ way, with Conbur beating Islandeady in the Connacht Junior final by 0-11 to 0-9 while Ballintubber lost out by the narrowest of margins to Corofin in the Senior provincial semi-final.
That Senior match was a real ding-dong affair, by all accounts, and even though I was only able to keep up with the action on Twitter (where @MayoGAA, @ColmGannon and @EdMcGreal provided excellent, frequent updates) I was, dodgy mobile coverage notwithstanding, on the edge of my metaphorical seat as fortunes swung one way then the other at McHale Park.
Ballintubber got the perfect start and when Cillian O’Connor found the net after 11 minutes to put the Mayo champs 1-4 to 0-1 ahead, it looked like they were well on their way to the Connacht final. Amazingly, however, Corofin then blasted them for 1-7 without reply to go in at the break four points ahead, Kieran Comer’s goal on the stroke of half-time putting daylight between the sides.
Ballintubber kept plugging away in the second half and when Cillian O’Connor got on the end of a glorious pass from Alan Dillon to score his side’s second goal of the afternoon it was all square once again. It was Corofin, however, who grabbed the initiative again with with two Alan O’Donovan frees pushing them two clear with ten minutes to go. Jason Gibbons pulled one back for the Tubbermen but it wasn’t enough with Corofin squeezing home in the end by 1-11 to 2-7. Colm Gannon’s take on today’s match is here.
The Galway lads now go on to face Roscommon champions St Brigid’s in the Connacht final, with that one down for decision at Kiltoom on 20th November. The Roscommon champions overcame Sligo’s Tourlestrane by 0-16 to 0-10 in today’s other provincial semi-final and, incidentally, they’re not the only team of that name to be celebrating tonight as their Dublin namesakes captured their second county title this afternoon at Parnell Park, where they overcame a Brogan-laden Plunketts by 0-10 to 0-8.