Delight for Na Brídeoga, despair for MacHale Rovers

Photo: (Inpho/Tom O’Hanlon)

It was a case of contrasting fortunes for the two Mayo clubs in All-Ireland final action this afternoon, with the camogie players of Na Brídeoga ending the day on a high while the footballers of CL MacHale Rovers were left to nurse a heartbreaking one-point loss after extra-time.

I’ve very little information to share, I’m afraid, about today’s All-Ireland Junior B camogie final. The match was played at Athleague – what a happy hunting ground that has become for East Mayo clubs of late – and Na Brídeoga emerged victors over Denn of Cavan on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-9. They led at half-time by 0-5 to 0-2.

A brief report on this afternoon’s final from Northern Sound is here and photos from Athleague by Inpho are here.

I was in the west myself this weekend and the blue and white flags were fluttering widely throughout the parish this afternoon as I set off back in the direction of the capital. This afternoon’s great result, added to Tooreen’s ongoing exploits, will mean those flags will be up for a good while longer. More power to them.

Over at Ballinasloe, meanwhile, the other side of appearing in an All-Ireland final was there to be seen. MacHale Rovers battled toe-to-toe all afternoon against Cork’s Donoughmore in today’s LGFA All-Ireland Junior football final, in a contest that went to extra-time.

Photo: @LadiesFootball (Sportsfile/Harry Murphy)

Eventually, spurred on by the legendary Rena Buckley, it was the Cork team that edged to victory at Duggan Park by the minimum margin, on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-11.

Match report: Ladies Football, The 42. Photos: Sportsfile.

While today’s defeat for the Mayo girls was surely an agonising one, they can take great pride both from their performance in today’s decider – where All-Star Rachel Kearns put in a towering display – and from their achievements over the course of the year. Once the pain of today’s narrow defeat dulls, the satisfaction they’ll feel about the superb run they’ve had in 2019 will grow ever stronger.

5 thoughts on “Delight for Na Brídeoga, despair for MacHale Rovers

  1. I thought in the first half Donaghmore were going to run away with it but fair play MacHale rovers got stuck in and not only made a game of it but nearly won it. I felt deep down though that the Cork side would win it just because they’re from Cork and we’re from the county that always seek predestined to lose finals. Hard luck to the ladies they did their best. I won’t say they’re day will come again because It’s not easy getting to finals and you have to be very very good to win one.

  2. That’s a fairly depressing and defeatist attitude to have backdoorsam. Haven’t Carnacon won multiple all Ireland titles over the years?

  3. they have indeed Wide Ball and fair play to them they were a fine team, but when I think Mayo teams and all Ireland Final I think defeat which is usually the norm unfortunaetly apart from a few glorious minor and Under 21 victories and the ladies 20 years ago. Realisticially when Inter county Senior teams must love playing us in all Ireland Finals because they know if they keep at us we’ll either wilt or self destruct. it sad and something we badly need to change our record since 1951 is terrible.

  4. Nonsense, Nothing is predetermined about Final’s….. Don’t deleberatly buy into the negativity before you start!

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