Time for a quick gallop through the weekend’s results. Here goes.
Starting with the League finals, the big match of the day today – the Division 1 decider between Knockmore and Castlebar Mitchels at James Stephens Park – lived up to its billing, with Mitchels prevailing by a single point, 1-16 to 1-15, after extra-time.
Barry Moran’s charges should, in truth, have had the divisional title wrapped up well before then. A 13th minute goal from Mark Cunningham and a string of points saw them lead by nine as half-time approached. The county champions cut the deficit to seven at the break but they still looked to be in major bother at that stage.
An early goal soon after the resumption brought Knockmore right back into it and with just less than ten minutes to go they pulled level, then pushed a point in front with normal time almost up. Mitchels snatched an equaliser, however, to send the game to extra-time.
It was tense and tight throughout extra-time, with Knockmore just about keeping their noses in front for a time. It was level for most of the second period of extra-time until, right at the death, Paddy Durcan struck the winning point for Mitchels.
In the Division 2 final, meanwhile, Davitts came out on top as they got the better of Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin by 2-15 to 0-13. Bonniconlon were also decisive winners today, as they claimed the Division 3 title, beating Killala by 2-14 to 2-5.
The Division 4 title went to Charlestown as they beat Breaffy’s second string team by 0-14 to 0-12. In the Division 5 final, Westport’s thirds beat Kilmeena’s seconds by 3-10 to 0-11.
There was one other football League match this weekend, which was a Division 1 relegation play-off fixture. That game was played on Saturday and Ballintubber won it, as they got the better of Louisburgh by 1-12 to 1-9.
Also in football, the Mayo Masters were in action yesterday against Louth in the Gaelic Masters Plate semi-final. That was a closely fought match, with the Mayo lads coming out on top by 2-6 to 1-8.
Onto hurling, where Ballyhaunis opened their TJ Tyrell Cup campaign earlier today. They beat Castlebar Mitchels by 4-14 to 1-5 in a group stage game.
It was also League final day in the LGFA today. Burrishoole were the winners of the big one there, defeating Carnacon in the Division 1 final by 3-9 to 0-5. In the Division 1 Shield final, Knockmore beat Castlebar Mitchels by 3-9 to 1-5.
In the Division 2 decider, Swinford Killasser beat Claremorris by 2-12 to 1-14. In the Division 2 Shield final, Charlestown defeated Kimoremoy by 3-11 to 4-5.
In Division 3 final, Ballyhaunis got the better of St Brigid’s by 3-12 to 3-9. Aghamore claimed the Division 3 Shield, as they decisively beat Kiltimagh by 5-13 to 0-5.
There were also a number of LGFA relegation matches, the results of which were as follows: In Division 1, Kilmovee Shamrocks beat Moy Davitts by 6-16 to 2-8. In Division 2, Cill Chomain beat Davitts by 4-16 to 1-7. In Division 3, Kiltane beat Breaffy by 3-15 to 2-13 and, in Division 4, Claremorris B beat Achill by 4-9 to 1-9.