Two Mayo clubs were involved in Connacht Championship action this afternoon. Knockmore, appearing in their first ever LGFA Senior provincial decider, lost out to reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkerrin-Clonberne of Galway while Kilmeena’s men, contesting a Connacht Intermediate Championship fixture for the very first time, had a decisive win over Annaduff of Leitrim.
Knockmore were always going to be the underdogs this afternoon at Swinford, facing a team that was aiming to secure their sixth Connacht title on the trot. By the tenth minute, it was already clear that the Mayo champions were under the hammer, as their Galway opponents found the net for the first time.
From then to half-time, though, Knockmore did well to keep in touch, with five points between the sides at the break. On the resumption, however, Kilkerrin-Clonberne reeled off five unanswered points to double their lead and, in effect, put the result beyond doubt.
A second goal for the Galway team then stretched their lead further. That one provoked a response in kind, however, as Amy O’Connor found the net for Knockmore. That was their final score of the game, though, as Kilkerrin-Clonberne added two further points to seal victory and the Connacht title by 2-15 to 1-7.
At Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, meanwhile, the new Sweeney Cup holders Kilmeena were involved in a veritable game of two halves against Leitrim’s Annaduff. The West Mayo lads looked in bother midway through the first half, as they trailed by five points and they went into the break two points in arrears.
Whatever honeyed words manager John Reilly had for his charges in the confines of the dressing room obviously did the trick as Kilmeena emerged an entirely different proposition after the break. While Annaduff added just a single point to their tally (and that was from a late free) in the second half, Kilmeena tagged on 4-13 to blow their opponents away.
Caolach Halligan, whose 1-1 in the recent county final was instrumental to that win, weighed in with 2-4 after the break, while Jack Carney and Niall Feehan also had the umpire reaching for the green flag before the finish. Kilmeena won today by 4-18 to 0-8 and Michael Gallagher’s match report for the Mayo News is here.
Next up for Kilmeena is an IFC provincial semi-final against Galway’s Monivea Abbey. That game will be played at Tuam Stadium next Sunday, where throw-in is 1.30pm.
The best of luck to Kilmeena in that one and commiserations to Knockmore on their defeat today, after what has been a year of real progress and no little success for them.