This coming weekend is a massive one for men’s football in the county, with quarter-final ties set to be decided in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championships and with relegation play-off clashes taking place too as those involved strive desperately to retain their Senior or Intermediate status for next year.
All that’s discussed in serious depth, by the way, in the latest episode of the podcast, in which Mike gets into detailed conversation with Ed McGreal and Stephen Drake about where things stand in the three Championships and where they might be headed to after the coming weekend.
The pod, a bumper one that’s just shy of two hours, is online now for club members on Patreon. A slightly shorter version, shorn of all that fascinating clubhouse chat at the end that’s reserved for club members, will be available for everyone else on all the usual platforms tomorrow.
Away from all the chatter, meanwhile, the women are a step ahead of their male counterparts coming into this weekend. That’s because the LGFA Senior football Championship has reached the semi-final stage, with both penultimate round ties taking place on Sunday morning.
For the first time in over two decades, Carnacon are playing a knockout Championship tie not as the Mayo Senior champions but as challengers. Their opponents on Sunday are the current county champions, Knockmore, who, of course, beat Carnacon in last year’s county final. This rematch tie throws in at Clogher on Sunday at 11am.
The second semi-final is a derby encounter between West Mayo rivals Westport and Burrishoole. They’re also set to face off on Sunday at 11am and the venue for that is St Patrick’s Park in Westport. Michael Gallagher has a great preview piece on that game in this week’s Mayo News – that’s here.
Other Mayo LGFA Championship games down for decision this weekend (also on Sunday at 11am) are as follows:
- Senior Shield semi-finals: Hollymount v Kilmovee Shamrocks; Castlebar Mitchels v Moy Davitts
- Junior A semi-finals: Ballyhaunis v Breaffy; Aghamore v St Brigid’s
- Junior A Shield semi-final: The Neale v Kiltane