Having dragged myself away from watching the last few minutes of Japan’s incredible last-gasp win over South Africa in the rugby, I was full of good intentions at stringing a few lines together about the county’s Minor C hurlers but I see that Andy D has already done so. Thanks for that, Andy.
The hurlers were chasing an All-Ireland minor three-in-a-row up in Ballinamore today, on the same pitch where the won the title last year and the year before that too, beat Monaghan both times. Today it was Tyrone – a county on an upward trajectory in hurling – that they faced and, trailing by seven points at half-time, it looked as if the Northern lads would take the spoils today.
A determined fightback got underway after the break, however, and two goals and three points inside ten minutes saw our lads edge a point in front. It was tight and tense from then to the end of normal time, which ended with the sides level on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-14.
Both sides seem to have gone full-tilt for the win in extra-time but despite a flurry of scores at either end, the tie ended in a draw on a scoreline of Mayo 3-15 Tyrone 2-18. The final will now be replayed, at a date to be fixed later.
The county’s Masters team were also in championship action today and they too played out a draw. This match was against Westmeath in Mullingar and it ended Mayo 0-16 Westmeath 1-13. Anyone interested in following the Masters on a regular basis, by the way, can do on via Facebook or Twitter.
On the club scene, today was quarter-final day in the Intermediate championship. Hollymount/Carramore had an easy 2-9 to 0-4 win over Parke, The Neale had two points to spare over Burrishoole, winning by 0-16 to 1-10, and Belmullet beat Westport by 0-12 to 1-3. Moy Davitts and Kiltimagh played out a belter of a draw on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-13.
There was ladies’ club championship action on today too, with Carnacon capturing their 16th senior county title in a row when they overwhelmed Kilmovee by 4-21 to 1-3. In the Intermediate decider, meanwhile, Charlestown got the better of St Brigid’s by 5-10 to 3-9.