The Club Stars event last night was great fun, with the added advantage that I’m waking up here in Westport this morning with only only a short trot to complete to get to MacHale Park a bit later on.
The ballroom in the Knockranny was full to capacity last night, with a succession of award winners honoured on the night. Full details on all the winners are on the Mayo News Twitter account (here), congrats to all the award winners.
Included among the winners lat night were brothers Oisin and Jarlath Mullin who, along with the rest of the Kilmaine contingent, had made their weary but proud way back from Ennis after yesterday afternoon’s close-fought All-Ireland club JFC semi-final.
As the lads cheerfully admitted last night, nobody gave them a chance going into the match against Kerry’s Na Gaeil – who fielded both Jack Barry and Diarmuid O’Connor (the Kerry one, needless to say) – but Kilmaine slugged it out all the way to the end of extra-time where eventually they lost out by just a single point, on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-9. It’s a desperately tough way to lose but what a performance all the same by the South Mayo lads.
In yesterday’s other match of interest, the county’s U20s beat Derry in horrendous weather over at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan. The howling wind and heavy rain wouldn’t have been conducive to flowing football but Mike Solan’s team were out of sight by half-time, at which point they led by 1-7 to 0-0.
Derry – presumably with the wind now at their backs – made a bit of a comeback in the second half. Three goals took the worst of the pain off the scoreline from the Oakleafers’ perspective, with our lads eventually winning out by 2-11 to 3-3. It’s Donegal up next for them next weekend.
On the agenda shortly, though, is this afternoon’s eagerly awaited FBD semi-final clash with Padraic Joyce’s Galway at MacHale Park. I’ll be hooking up with Rob for our first in-match bit of podcast action of 2020 then and the year’s first episode – which also features plenty of audio from last night’s Club Stars event – will be online at some stage tomorrow.
Back later on with the match report from Castlebar.