Covies conquer Connacht


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Westport’s upward momentum continues apace. This afternoon at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon they defeated Leitrim side Seán O’Heslin’s to capture their first ever Connacht IFC club title, winning on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-7.

The Covies will be back in action early in the New Year, when they’ll face the Munster champions in the All-Ireland IFC club semi-final. That provincial final hasn’t been played yet but it’s between Kenmare of Kerry and Adare of Limerick, a match that’s been fixed for Mallow this day week.

Westport aren’t the only West Mayo club licking their chomps at the prospect of a tilt at All-Ireland honours in the New Year. At Kiltoom this afternoon Louisburgh overcame Creggs of Roscommon by 2-9 to 0-11 in the Connacht JFC club final.

Louisburgh will also face Munster opposition in the All-Ireland semi-final early next year. The Munster JFC final is down for decision on 4th December at Mallow and it’ll be contested by Glenbeigh-Glencar of Kerry and Cork’s Gabriel Rangers.

The news wasn’t as good, I’m afraid, involving the ladies club action today. Carnacon went under in the All-Ireland SFC club semi-final played in Bray against Foxrock-Cabinteely of Dublin by 4-9 to 2-11 while, earlier on in the afternoon at Ballina, Kilmoremoy lost out to Cork’s Kinsale in the All-Ireland JFC club semi-final on a scoreline of 3-15 to 2-9. Commiserations to both of them.

28 thoughts on “Covies conquer Connacht

  1. Was in Carrick today for the Westport Sean O’Heslin’s final which was won comfortably by Westport. They got the start which the Leitrim men probably most needed with an early goal from a mistake in the Ballinamore defence, forced by pressure from the Westport forwards. Westport followed up with with four [or was it five] points before the Leitrim men got off the mark and led at halftime by seven. The only blackspot for Westport was an apparently bad injury to Lewis Cawley who had to be stretchered off and was doing very well at the time. The Ballinamoremen came more into the game in the second half but never looked like getting the goal they needed. But credit to them for making a fight of it when it looked very bad for them after 20 or so minutes. They seem to have a lot of young players in the 19/21 age group.
    Good luck to Westport in the semi final, it’ll probably be against the Kerrymen.

  2. Well done to Westport. A hard earned Connacht title but I’d say the Balla game was there toughest test this year? Either way it’s fully deserved. The thing about meeting a Kerry team always seems a little out of balance with the way their senior/intermediate/junior clubs are set up but they’ll have to beat all comers regardless to win an All-Ireland title. Looking forward to 2017 for sure.

  3. Moy Davitts and Shrule games were Westports toughest games so far.
    Balla played Louisburgh and that was a tight game.

  4. Well done to westport . Great to see GAA doing well there–in my time seventies soccer was the main sport
    I am getting old !!!!!!

  5. Well done to the Westport and Louisburgh teams. The AI should be played sometime in 2016. It’s a bit ridiculous that they have to wait until the end of Jan for the next game. A bit of common sense anywhere.

  6. Congrats Westport and Louisburgh. Great night around Clew Bay.
    By the way WJ, I think it’s one Covey, therefore the plural is Coveys

  7. Delighted to see our teams from the west doing so well…and disappointed for the women. It’s great as a Louisburgh man to see us flying so high…it really is the year of the underdogs…or maybe we aren’t so underdoggish after all. Maybe that’s why Mayo didn’t win the All-Ireland…maybe it was Dublin who were the ‘underdogs’…anyways it’s time to let go and move on…Keep it up Louisburgh and Westport…believe in yourselves! I do!!

  8. Well done Westport.

    For those who were asking, the Mayo-Kerry match is on in Tralee, Saturday 11th February at 7pm.

  9. I stand to be corrected but I was told yesterday that an under 21 training squad has just been picked and while there is 2 of this year’s Westport minors there is no place for Fionn Mc Donagh who is just 19.
    While I stand to be corrected on my first point I am certain of the fact that there is not 12 better forwards in this county at the moment than Fionn.He has height ,has a great bounce ,is fearless ,can score from 40 yards out and has a great attitude.

  10. Well done to Westport and Louisburgh! Best of luck to both teams in the new year. With it more than likely being Kerry opposition in the All-Ireland semi-finals, they will be very tough games for the Mayo teams. In saying that there is probably a better chance of wining these games in provincial grounds rather than in the open spaces of Croke Park in an All-Ireland final.

    It was great to see Padraig Prendergast, the 2013 All-Ireland Minor winner, score 5 points for Louisburgh, 2 from play. He has had a tough time of it with injuries, so it’s great to see him playing well.

  11. @Funds You mean there aren’t twelve better U21 forwards than him at the moment?
    If you mean twelve forwards full stop then that’s a long way off yet.
    But he is a lad with a lot of potential.

  12. Well if there are 12 better u21 forwards in Mayo than Fionn Mc Donagh they may as well give us the trophy now! I reckon they will have him on board when he is finished with Westport if that’s not too late.

  13. I see central council have done away with the semi finals of the football leagues. I think this is a wrong decision as the qualification for the knockout stages has repeatedly led to competitive games for all teams concerned. No dead rubber games and ensures no funny business for relegated threatened teams. I think the quality for the semi’s over the years has been pretty good so it’s typical gaa to target the easy option and not address the bigger issue ie dysfunctional championship that has so many failings

  14. No harm to see the division 1 semI finals scrapped.

    Semi finals for a group of 8 was a silly format to begin with. Any league should be won by whatever team finishes top.

    Championship football is a cup competition where semi finals and finals are played.

  15. I was in Kiltoom on Sunday, what a crowd from Louisburgh, it really is something special when everyone gets behind a team and it just confirms one of the main reasons why Mayo keep on coming – the support which drives them on is inspiring. The value of these wins to a small town like Louisburgh cannot be quantified. Probably not fair to pick out one player from such a team like performance where 5 or 6 lads stood out but the old style long range kicking from Padraig Prendergast was a joy to watch.
    Well done Westport too.

  16. Fionn Mc Donagh seems to be playing out of his skin at the moment. I dont think the under 21 training panel is finalised just yet. Stephen Coen and Sean Conlon were not involved in the North/West under 21 games because of their club commitments, but were in for the championship. Looking forward to next years under 21 campaign. The likes of Coen, O Connor, Loftus, Hall, Boland, Plunkett and Irwin will be hard replaced but with guys like Mc Donagh, Jack Reilly, Donovan Cosgrove and Peter Naughton to come in with a good few of last years panel, things look good for 2017 at this level.

  17. Peter Naughton is an interesting one alright. You could see him getting physically stronger being on a gym program. He’s a great striker of the ball. Just needs to get stronger as he already has the height and skill.

  18. Don’t like what I read in the Mayo news today Really hope David Clarke can be convinced to stay on In my opinion he is essential to us next year

    Glad to see the back of the League semi finals There is a case for getting rid of the final also and giving the title to whoever finishes top.

  19. Yes Anne-Marie Akram is under 21 next year. So is Matthew Flanagan, Eoin O Donoghue, Seamus Cunniffe, James Kelly, Matthew Ruane, Fionan Duffy and Brian Reape from the starting fifteen. From the subs theirs a few as well, Scott Kilker, Colm Reape, Barry Duffy, Jason Forkan, James Carr, James Lyons, Sean Conlon and TJ Byrne. And the management will hopefully unearth a few more gems like Fergal Boland, from around the county and keep the conveyor belt rolling for years to come.

  20. Sharoize Akram was minor in 2015 but did not play v Galway due to injury. so he is one of those who will miss out in 2018 due to the change from U21 to U20.

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