I meant to mention the 2017 Masters football championship campaign before now but for a variety of reasons I never got around to doing so. But they’ve only gone and won their second All-Ireland title in a row so I’d better put that to rights now. A bit late, I know, but better late than never.
The final took place this afternoon at Corran Park in Ballymote – a venue that hosted a Connacht SFC fixture between ourselves and the Yeats County as recently as 1953 – where the defending champions took on a Sligo team featuring such luminaries as Eamonn O’Hara and Paul Taylor. Mind you, we had Aidan Higgins at centre-back today and could afford to leave Kenneth Mortimer on the bench (team details here) so we obviously had plenty of greying talent within our ranks too.
Leading by 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time today, the game’s decisive breakthrough came just over twenty minutes from the finish. The goal scored then by Kieran Lavelle put the Mayo lads four points up and they still had that four-point cushion at the finish.
The title was secured in the end on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-9. Well done to the lads on completing back-to-back All-Ireland victories for the county.