It was a case of two out of three ain’t bad for the Mayo teams in Connacht club Championship action this weekend. The two wins yielded two provincial titles so let’s start with those victories.
Yesterday at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence Tooreen beat Galway’s Moycullen by 1-15 to 0-14 to claim the Connacht Intermediate hurling Championship. It was a title they won back in 2019 but, of course, they never got the opportunity to defend it last year. Having now conquered Connacht again, Tooreen go forward to the All-Ireland IHC semi-finals early in the New Year. Match report on yesterday’s game from the Connaught Telegraph is here.
This afternoon it was the turn of the women footballers of Castlebar Mitchels to taste provincial Championship success. The Connacht LGFA Intermediate final was played today at Swinford Amenity Park where Mitchels proved far too strong for Tourlestrane of Sligo, winning at the finish by 4-12 to 1-7.
At Pearse Stadium yesterday, meanwhile, Mayo Gaels lost out narrowly to Galway’s Naomh Anna in the Connacht IFC semi-final. This was a real rip-roaring Championship tie and the Gaels seemed to be on their way to the final as they led by four points at the second water break but the Leitir Mór lads stormed back into it over the final quarter, forcing the game to extra-time, with John Gallagher having an injury time goal for Mayo Gaels controversially disallowed. The Galway champions eventually came out on top after exta-time by 3-12 to 1-14.