Masters make it back-to-back All-Ireland titles

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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.

7 thoughts on “Masters make it back-to-back All-Ireland titles

  1. Well done lads ….Super achievement !!! Was asked to play for my ‘new county’ a few times and just could not imagine playing against the green and red – even though there was a few lads I’d love to get a rattle at – for old times sake …. Great win by truly great men !!

  2. Anyone watch the IRS this morning? Apparently McManus was just ridiculously good for Ireland. Superb player. Wonder how the Mayo lads got on? Seems Hanley came off early with an injury. People saying Harrison and a few other Irish shown up as too light for the game also which could well be true. Aussies are all big tanks of men

  3. McManus good bit to greedy took shots on when overlaps on and goals needed.
    Not enough players in squad either for inter change which killed us. Nice holidays for lads tho and well deserved.
    But given we will be smaller and weaker be better taking likes of durcan McLoughlin type players. Need move speed and kick fast and long as won’t match physically. Tough on likes aido who done well bit given didn’t have enough interchange breaks probably suffered a bit as not as fit or mobile as pros naturally in sweltering conditions.

  4. Castlebar beat Tourlestrane today 1:13 – 0-09. Play Corofin in the final in 2 weeks. Wasn’t at the game myself but Danny Kirby got 1-2.

    Big shock in Leinster – St Vincent’s beaten by the Wicklow champions Rathnew.

  5. Well done to the Mayo masters an all Ireland title is an all Ireland tile we’ll take it. With regards to the International rules series I just hope our lads come home safe and injury free, it’s a nice trip away for them but that’s about it

  6. Well done to the Mayo Masters team. Best wishes for the 3 in a row, ye can do it. A decent footballing team with a good subs bench. Looking through the Sligo outfit they had a strong team out too with some familiar inter county names on show. Thanks WJ for the details on this latest title for the county.

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