Another jam-packed weekend of club Championship football action lies ahead this coming Saturday and Sunday, with Round 2 fixtures at Senior, Intermediate and Junior levels.
Things are heating up nicely in the SFC. A few clubs head into this weekend knowing that a second win on the spin could see them safely into the quarter-finals while others know that a second loss will leave them out of the running for silverware and instead in danger of getting sucked into a battle to avoid the relegation play-offs.
In Group 1, Ballaghaderreen and new boys The Neale are riding high. If they both win their respective games this weekend then they’re through with a game to spare. Ballagh – away to Garrymore – could well do this but The Neale, facing a long trip to Erris, could find the going tougher against Belmullet.
With both Round 1 games in Group 2 ending all-square, it’s all to play for over the final two games. Ballintubber got caught at the death by a late Aghamore leveller last weekend and on Saturday they’re away to Bohola Moy Davitts. While the champions will be favoured to win this, Cillian O’Connor is suspended and this must give Moy Davitts some hope of causing an upset. It’s hard to call the other game but if Aghamore can make home advantage count they’ll emerge from the weekend with one foot in the quarters.
Group 3 already has a cut-and-dried look to it. Both Ballina Stephenites and Knockmore enjoyed comfortable wins in the opening round and you’d have to think that they’ll be too strong for Claremorris and Kiltane respectively this weekend. Assuming they are, that’ll secure them their places in the knockout stages.
Group 4 is starting to live up to its Group of Death moniker. Breaffy, surprise losers to Westport last weekend, head to nearby Josie Munnelly Park at the weekend knowing that, at worst, they simply have to avoid defeat to Castlebar Mitchels. For their part, Mitchels know that a second win puts them in a great position to advance, while at the same time knocking their near neighbours out of contention. Westport entertain Charlestown Sarsfields in the other game and a win there for the Covies could well be enough to secure a quarter-final berth for them.
Here’s the full list of Round 2 matches on this weekend:
As you’ll no doubt be aware, the 200-person limit still applies for all matches this weekend so most will have to follow the action from home. Mayo GAA TV will be streaming two matches this weekend, with Westport and Charlestown the featured game on Saturday evening while the Ballina/Claremorris game will be shown on Sunday.
Onto the IFC, where these are the Round 2 matches on this weekend:
Here are the JFC fixtures for this weekend: