Photo: Sportsfile (Brendan Moran)
There was another slew of club action this afternoon, including both semi-finals in the Connacht senior football championship.
At Hyde Park, Castlebar Mitchels got the better of Roscommon champions Clann na nGael by 3-8 to 0-13. It was those three first half goals – scored by Richie Feeney, Barry Moran and Danny Kirby – that made all the difference in the end. Donie Shine knocked over nine points for the losers, all but one of them from placed balls, but they were chasing Mitchels all day and were never able to close the gap on the Moclair Cup holders.
From my vantage point on the couch, the Roscommon pitch looked extremely heavy and so it was no surprise that silken skills weren’t a feature in this hard-fought contest. Mitchels’ Paddy Durcan, named the TG4 Man of the Match, did, though, put in a fairly eye-catching performance. Match report by RTÉ on today’s semi-final is here.
Castlebar’s reward for today’s win comes in the shape of a Connacht final against Galway champions Corofin. Stephen Rochford’s charges dismantled Sligo’s St Mary’s by 4-14 to 2-6 in the day’s other semi-final. The Connacht decider will be played at Tuam Stadium in two weeks time.