There’s been so much action on this sporting days of days, which within the county saw the destination of the senior hurling title decided as well as the finalists in the senior football championship identified.
Hurling first, where Ballyhaunis clinched back-to-back senior hurling titles titles on their home turf by beating near neighbours Tooreen in today’s final on a 0-20 to 1-14 scoreline. I haven’t got too much information on this one, I’m afraid: Ballyhaunis were, I know, three up at the break and they finished three to the good as well, as they clinched their seventh title inside the last eight years and their eleventh in all.
The photo above shows Ballyhaunis captain Brian Hunt receiving the TJ Tyrell Cup from County Hurling Chairman John Hopkins.
Onto the football, where it was senior football championship semi-final day at MacHale Park, with both matches played off well before the rugby action got underway in Cardiff.
Breaffy sure had no problems with the 1pm throw-in time for their semi-final showdown against Ballintubber. Aidan O’Shea had the ball in the Tubber net after just three minutes and Tommy O’Reilly netted soon after as well to give Breaffy a decisive hold on proceedings.
The champions battled back, though, with four points (two from play) from Cillian O’Connor leaving them with 2-4 to 0-6 in arrears at half-time. They cut the gap back to just two points after the break but Beaffy then bagged a third goal – from a penalty by Michael Jennings – and when Aidan O’Shea broke through soon after to land their fourth major, the game was effectively up for Ballintubber.
A frantic finale saw Cillian O’Connor score a goal direct from a close-in free while Aidan O’Shea was ordered off on a second yellow. When the dust settled, the champions had been dethroned on a scoreline of 4-7 to 1-12, with Breaffy qualifying for their second final in three years.
Match report courtesy of The 42 is here.
As was the case in 2013, Breaffy’s opponents in this year’s Moclair Cup decider will be near neighbours Castlebar Mitchels, who booked their place in the final for the third successive year by beating Knockmore in today’s other semi-final.
After both sides traded points early on, an Eoghan O’Reilly goal for Mitchels put them three clear but Knockmore battled back to level before a second Castlebar goal – this one from Barry Moran – rocked them back on their heels. Not for long, though, as a goal from Colm Reape at the other end left it 2-7 to 1-9 in Castlebar’s favour at the break.
A third goal – from a penalty by Neil Douglas – helped to push Mitchels six clear but then a Keith Rutledge goal and a point from Colm Reape narrowed the deficit back to two points. Four unanswered points for Castlebar undid this good work, however, and then James Durcan bagged a fourth goal for Mitchels, which pretty much ended the tie as a contest. They won by 4-15 to 2-12 at the finish.
Match report on this one is here.
Elsewhere, Stephen Rochford’s Corofin completed a hat-trick of Galway SFC titles when they cruised to a ten-point win over Mountbellew-Moylough in today’s final at Tuam Stadium. The defending All-Ireland club champions won by 3-13 to 0-12 and a match report on the decider is here.