Castlebar Mitchels are this year’s SFL Division 1 title winners, as they beat county champions Westport in this evening’s title decider at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park to seal back-to-back League title wins. The decider went to extra-time with Mitchels edging it at the finish by 2-16 to 0-21.
Castlebar were to the fore for long stretches this evening and arguably should have closed the win out in normal time. They were well on top in the first half and at the break they led by 0-11 to 0-6.
Westport got the first two scores in the second half but when Ultan O’Reilly finished off a good move to crash the ball to the net, Mitchels were six to the good and seemed to be on the high road to victory. It wasn’t to be, however, as the Covies reeled off six points without reply – three from the impressive Colm Moran – to haul themselves level midway through the second half.
With the game approaching the end of normal time, Castlebar were back in front again, leading by two points, but Westport bagged to late scores to force extra-time.
They now looked to have the advantage, as they pushed ahead but it was just a single point they led by at the halfway mark in extra-time. Two additional points on the resumption saw Westport move three points clear and now it looked like theirs to lose.
But lose it they did, as Mitchels came with one more heave late in extra-time. Bob Tuohy’s thunderous drive off his left yielded his team their second major of the evening and levelled the match up once more. Then Ethan Gibbons curled over a free to seal the win for Mitchels.
Below are match highlights from Mayo GAA TV:
Highlights as @WestportG and @MitchelsGaa went toe to toe in an epic Division 1 Final with Castlebar winning out by just one point in the end 2-16 to 0-21. @StreamSport | #MayoCreditUnions https://t.co/98AGVyPwM4— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) August 5, 2023
The SFL Division 3 final was also played earlier this evening at James Stephens Park, Ballina. Ardagh came out on top in this North Mayo derby tussle, beating neighbours Ardnaree Sarsfields by 2-7 to 0-7.