The Bank Holiday weekend is winding down to a close, with the county finals all boxed away for another year. Those title deciders weren’t, though, the only matches on this weekend and, with two provincial Championship matches of note taking place today, it’s time for a rapid results round-up.
It’s only fair to start with the county final I failed to mention on the blog yesterday, which I’d meant to do by tagging it on to the piece about Lahardane’s Junior title win. In the rush to get that one done while keeping an eye on the opening exchanges in the Senior final, however, it got forgotten about.
So, apologies to the footballers of Achill and Ballycastle who contested the Junior B county final at Parke yesterday. Achill came out top in that one, winning by 0-14 to 1-7, to claim back-to-back county titles at this level. Match report from the Mayo News on that game is here.
Shifting to women’s football, this weekend saw the start of provincial Championship action at Senior, Intermediate and Junior levels. For the Mayo clubs involved, it was, to paraphrase Meat Loaf, a case of two out of three ain’t bad.
Knockmore this afternoon got their Connacht LGFA Senior Championship campaign up and running in fine style. They beat Sligo’s St Nathy’s by 0-16 to 0-6 at Bunnanadden in today’s provincial semi-final.
Knockmore were in charge of this contest pretty much all the way. Two points from Shauna Howley (one from a free) set the tone early on and while St Nathy’s drew level at three points apiece midway through the first half, the Mayo champions were two points to the good at the break.
As the second half progressed, Knockmore eased clear impressively. They bagged nine points without reply, pinning their opponents back for the bulk of the half. Lara Brennan and Shauna Howley (two frees) bagged three points each before Hannah Reape and Clodagh Keane joined in the scoring too with a point apiece.
Another point from Lara Brennan put eleven between the sides and although Nathy’s then claimed two points in a row, Knockmore closed out the scoring, Shauna Howley popping over a final free to complete a ten-point victory.
Next up for Knockmore is a Connacht final meeting with the defending provincial and All-Ireland champions, Kilkerrin-Clonberne of Galway. They crushed Leitrim’s Manorhamilton in today’s other semi-final, winning that one by 1-28 to 1-4.
While Knockmore march on to the provincial final, yesterday it was, sadly, the end of the provincial road for their neighbours MacHale Rovers. They lost out to Ballinamore Seán O’Heslins of Leitrim in the LGFA Intermediate Championship semi-final by 4-10 to 1-9.
There was better news for Claremorris in the LGFA Junior Championship on Saturday. They beat CT Gaels of Sligo at Tubbercurry by 4-8 to 0-12 and so they progress to play Roscommon’s St Brigid’s in the Connacht JFC final.
Finally, in hurling Tooreen today got their Connacht Intermediate Championship campaign off to a winning start. They defeated Four Roads of Roscommon by 2-23 to 2-14 in this afternoon’s Connacht IHC quarter-final at Athleague.