The club championship down on home turf is – as regular readers will know – a bit beyond my remit, what with geographical considerations (I can’t honestly recall when I was at a club championship game in Mayo) and of course my undying, unyielding devotion to Vinnies (though the buggers are already gone from the Dublin championship amid mutterings of internal strife within the camp). But it’s a dull Tuesday and football news is becoming an increasingly rare commodity as the long nights come within touching distance so the club stuff it’ll have to be.
The Mayo News has match reports on all four of last weekend’s quarter-finals and, for anyone who hasn’t yet seen them, here they are. Mike Finnerty was kept busy at McHale Park, as he did the reports on Crossmolina’s dethroning of champions Ballaghaderreen and Knockmore’s hard-fought win over Ballintubber, while Sean Rice did the honours for the drawn match between Castlebar Mitchels and Shrule/Glencorrib. Meanwhile, Daniel Carey was in Ballina for that remarkable nine-goal shootout in which Charlestown got the better of Kiltane. How on earth did Tom Parsons fail to score in that one, by the way?
The first of the semi-finals – the heavyweight clash between the Deel Rovers and Knockmore – is set for McHale Park this coming Sunday (throw-in 2pm, according to this preview in the Mayo News), while Charlestown have to wait to see who prevails in the Castlebar v Shrule/Glencorrib replay, which is also due to be played next Sunday (though I can’t find any details of where and when this match is on). The border lads will, I suppose, still be favourites to advance in that one but the fact that the Mitchels are still in the hunt means there’s a chance that the county final could end up becoming the first sideline showdown between John Maughan and Peter Ford since the 2005 Connacht final. Now, that could be fun.