I was in the vicinity of MacHale Park shortly before throw-in in the first of yesterday evening’s club SFC quarter-finals but only fleetingly so as I was hot-footing it back to the capital at that stage having completed a very enjoyable Croagh Patrick climb a bit earlier on. It was a cracking day for the climb and so it was no surprise that there were hundreds of others on the Reek as we were making our way up and down. It’s the third time I’ve done the climb and I left Murrisk yesterday with a renewed resolve to make it an annual event from now on while I’m able to do it.
The conditions were perfect over the weekend for football too and the senior championship action at MacHale Park yesterday and today has cut the field in the hunt for the Moclair Cup down to the final four. (Meanwhile up in Donegal a ball has yet to be kicked in anger on the club front this year but let’s not go there at the minute).
Yesterday evening, defending champions Castlebar Mitchels recorded a facile 2-12 to 0-7 win over Aghamore while Ballintubber also won pretty much at their ease in the evening’s second fixture, beating Ballaghaderreen by 1-14 to 0-9. Today’s matches, by contrast, were far closer, with Knockmore pulling off the shock of the round as they ousted Breaffy by 1-13 to 0-14 while Garrymore joined them in the last four by overcoming Charlestown on a 1-14 to 1-12 scoreline.
The semi-final draw sees Knockmore paired with Ballintubber – a tie given increased interest by the fact that the North Mayo lads successfully ambushed the Tubbermen in the quarters last year – while Mitchels will play Garrymore. I don’t have my Big Boy’s Book of Mayo GAA Stats to hand but I’d hazard a guess that this must be the furthest Garrymore have gone in the championship since the early Eighties or so. Dates and times for the semis have yet to be set.
I don’t have anything more in the way of details about the weekend’s matches but, happily, Colm Gannon of the Mayo Advertiser does – his informative round-up of the weekend’s club action is here.