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Provincial club championship action continues apace and there were a number of championship fixtures this weekend. In Connacht, the identities of this year’s Connacht SFC finalists were revealed following today’s semi-final ties.
Castlebar Mitchels are one of the clubs who’ll take part in the Connacht decider in two weeks time, as they got the better of Sligo’s Tourlestrane in today’s semi-final at MacHale Park. It was all-square at the break in this one but the Mayo champs pulled clear in the second half and a goal by Danny Kirby ten minutes from the end finally put daylight between the teams. Castlebar won in the finish by 1-13 to 0-9.
Report by Colm Gannon for The 42 on Castlebar’s win is here.
The other penultimate round tie – featuring defending Connacht champions Corofin of Galway and Roscommon’s St Brigid’s – was a much tighter affair. The match ended level at the end of normal time in Tuam Stadium but Corofin edged it by 2-15 to 1-14 after extra-time, with a Daithi Burke goal proving crucial for the Galway champions. John Fallon’s match report for The 42 is here.
The Connacht SFC club final takes place in a fortnight, when Mitchels and Corofin square off at Tuam Stadium. Throw-in for the decider has been fixed for 2pm.
On Friday night at the Connacht Centre of Excellence the finals of the A and B Connacht minor football championships were played. In the A final Balla were beaten by Roscommmon’s St Brigid’s by 2-12 to 1-15 but there was better luck for the county in the B decider where Annagh Rovers got the better of Tulsk of Roscommon by 0-10 to 0-3.
Result of the weekend, though, undoubtedly comes from this side of the country. My local club up here in the capital, Dublin champions St Vincents, were expected to record a routine win in the quarter-final of the Leinster SFC today when they met Wicklow champions Rathnew at Aughrim.
There was nothing routine about the result at Aughrim, however, as the Wicklow lads recorded a stunning win over the defending provincial champions, coming out on top by 1-13 to 1-9. Trailing by two points with little more than ten minutes left, Rathnew came with a devastating late burst, scoring 1-3 without reply to pull off the shock of the day.
The result means that, for the first time since 2011, it won’t be a Dublin club that comes out on top in Leinster this year. It’ll also be the first time since 2009 that a Leinster final won’t feature a club from the capital. Changing times, then, at club level in the east.