The weekend’s matches

The next Mayo match on the horizon is tomorrow evening’s Connacht U20 Championship semi-final against defending champions Sligo – more on that one here – but beyond that we’ve four other matches involving the county taking place this coming weekend.

The action starts on Friday evening, when our defence of the Connacht Minor football title gets underway. The provincial Championship has a round-robin format at the outset and in Round 1 we’re up against Roscommon. This match is fixed for Dr Hyde Park, with throw-in set for 6.30pm.

This is a ticket-only game and the link for purchasing tickets (€10 each) is here. Connacht GAA are live streaming the game (the access charge is also €10) and the link for that is here.

On Saturday we’ve got two hurling matches of interest.

First up are the U17s, whose Round 2 match in the Celtic Challenge is against Donegal, a game that’s fixed for the Donegal Centre of Excellence in Convoy. That one gets going at midday.

That afternoon, the county’s U20 hurlers are contesting the All-Ireland U20B Championship semi-final, the ultimate prize for which is the Richie McElligott Cup. This match is against Derry and will be played at Breffni Park, Cavan, where throw-in is 1pm.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon, the Senior hurlers get their Christy Ring Cup campaign underway with a Round 1 match against Meath at Páirc Tailteann, Navan. Throw-in there is 2pm on Sunday.

The link for purchasing tickets online is here and tickets will also be available from selected Centra and SuperValu outlets.

The best of luck to all four Mayo teams in action this weekend, and, of course, good luck as well to the U20 footballers tomorrow evening.

18 thoughts on “The weekend’s matches

  1. Good luck to all, could do with a lift, and a change of conversation from last sunday

  2. What was the point of naming callinan and touhy last Sunday when we were never going to use them. And yes we definitely needed them.

  3. PM – I assume it’s on the main outdoor pitch. The U20 match against Galway at Bekan last year was played in similar weather and that was played outside. The need to protect the integrity of the competition was cited when the question was asked as to why it hadn’t been moved to the Dome.

    Craggy Boglands – Bob Tuohy wasn’t in the match day panel last Sunday.

  4. On the same basis as yourself WJ, I assume its also on the main outdoor pitch. So why is it being moved at save the McHale Park pitch?? Jesus wept. Whatever inclement conditions might be in McHale, anyone who has played or watch a game in Bekan knows that’s it’s amplified by 10 there. Mind boggling.

  5. 3 of the last 4 years now the weather for the U20s games in Connaught has been atrocious. Mayo v Galway penalty shootout in 2020, Last year in bekan v Galway and now tonight`s game v Sligo.

  6. Ok willie joe. We may be better off going this route now anyway. I didn’t see us getting a result on a tight salthill pitch. At the end of the day all start the same again in the group stage just home advantage we may have lost.

  7. Surely the new Machale pitch has the drainage to withstand rain as the Connacht GAA pitch would have. Any care to supporters from both counties that stayed the night in Castlebar and thought tonight’s match was there but now have to travel another 40km to a venue with less cover from the rain?

  8. There is no integrity in this competition as here in Leinster it is played on a league basis.

  9. Sure no outdoor pitch could withstand today’s rain, and yesterday’s as well it’s horrendous.. should be in the Dome when Connacht has a Dome..

  10. It was some mouthful to come out with last year about not playing on a certain pitch in order to save the integrity of the game.

    They must have given up trying to save the integrity of the game in Leinster years ago with the amount of times the Dubs have played in Croke Park over the past 2 decades.

    What’s good for the goose and all that.

  11. @Revellino – can we please leave the Dubs out of this and get our own house in order.

    More incompetent decision making by our county board – closed McHale Park for how long last year and spent god knows how much to “fix the pitch” yet can’t play a u20 Connacht championship game on it when there isn’t another senior game for 6 weeks….they tried to pull this stunt with our hurlers last year which famously backfired.

    Sure let the young lads off to Bekan….

  12. With all the barriers that are appearing around the town, moving the game might be more to do with a certain guest that’s dropping by on Friday.

  13. The U20s look like school children in comparison to the sligo team. I don’t see all these great up and coming players coming through excluding Callinan and Touhy.

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