As most of you already know, coverage of club action within the county tends to be a bit on the sparse side here on the site and so I’ve little to say about the weekend’s matches. I can stretch to a short summary of the main activity that took place but I’m afraid that’s all it’ll be.
The main news to report is that Ballintubber have made it to their third senior championship final in a row but, by the sounds of it, they were fortunate enough to get by Crossmolina in yesterday’s first semi-final at McHale Park. Cross led by two at the break and pushed on to go four up soon after the restart but an Alan Dillon point and goal from substitute John Duffy brought Ballintubber level, with late points from Danny Geraghty and Alan Dillon (a free) sealing the win for the treble-chasing champs on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-8.
The Tubbermen will face Ballaghaderreen in the October 21st decider. Ballagh overcame the challenge of Knockmore in the day’s second semi-final and in this one it was an early goal – scored by Joe Dillon – that was the game’s defining score. A steady flow of points from the boot of Aidan Kilcoyne – he ended up with eight of his side’s total of ten – kept Knockmore in the hunt for much of the hour but Ballagh did enough to make it over the line on a 1-10 to 0-10 scoreline.
Earlier yesterday, Breaffy beat Ballina by 1-8 to 0-6 in the senior championship relegation play-off. The Stephenites will now have to beat the losers of the Kiltane/Aghamore play-off if they’re to retain their senior status next year.
In the Intermediate championship, meanwhile, Charlestown beat Kilmaine in Saturday’s replayed semi-final a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-6. They’ll now face Burrishoole in the decider. In yesterday’s Intermediate relegation play-offs Kiltimagh beat Cill Chomáin by 1-14 to 1-6 while Mayo Gaels edged out Killala by 0-10 to 0-9.
In the Junior championship semi-finals, the Neale got the better of Castlebar Mitchels B by 1-10 to 1-6 while Ardnaree Sarsfields beat Ballintubber B by 0-11 to 0-6.
The county senior hurling final also took place yesterday where Ballyhaunis beat fierce local rivals Tooreen to secure their fifth county title in a row. The match, which was played at Tooreen, was obviously a bit of a thriller, with the defending champions scraping home by 1-14 to 0-16. The photo (courtesy of Mayo GAA Facebook page) shows Ballyhaunis captain Keith Higgins accepting the TJ Tyrell Cup from Hurling Board Chairman John Hopkins.
A round-up of the weekend’s main club action by Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser is available here.