A fascinating second round of action in the club Championships has just concluded, with matches taking place in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Let’s have quick gallop though the weekend’s results.
Starting with the men, the race for the Moclair Cup is starting to rev up nicely. Round 2 often has a fair few make-or-break ties and it’s also a round where potential title challengers start to throw shapes. In addition, this weekend witnessed a fair few unexpected results, something the Championship provides on a regular enough basis.
This wasn’t really the case in Group 1 this weekend. New boys Mayo Gaels got off the mark against The Neale, struggling badly due to key players being unavailable, while Westport proved too strong for Ballintubber (match highlights here). Martin Connolly’s charges have now booked their place in the quarters and, despite yesterday evening’s defeat, the Tubbermen will most likely join them in the last eight too.
Group 2 was, though, where the proverbial spanner was thrown into the works. Neither Aghamore nor Ballina Stephenites were fancied to win their respective ties this weekend but they both did and these wins have blasted this group wide open.
Aghamore went in at the break level at home to Ballaghaderreen yesterday evening but an explosive second half spurt saw them ease to victory by nine points in this East Mayo derby. Goals – three of them – were key to Aghamore’s win and the same number of majors for the Stephenites propelled them to victory this afternoon over defending champions Knockmore (match highlights here).
Ray Dempsey’s team should, though, still advance, as they’ll be fancied to take winless Ballagh’ in the final round. The best the champions can hope for is to do so as group runners-up, though, and so they’ll be the team to avoid for the other three group winners in the quarters.
For Ballina and Aghamore it’s a simple matter of winner takes all when they meet in Round 3. Both have momentum heading into this tie, which should make for a real humdinger.
Group 3 also produced a surprise result, though this was one that Mike and Ed had signposted in advance on the podcast the other day. Claremorris, who fell tamely to Breaffy in the opening round, came away from Tallagh today with a hard-fought win over Belmullet and, with neighbours Balla in the final round, they can now start to dream of advancement.
Breaffy, who beat Balla today, are already through to the last eight. Balla, by contrast, looked destined for a relegation scrap.
In Group 4, Castlebar Mitchels – winners today over Davitts – are through to the quarters. Garrymore, who played out a draw today against Charlestown, are best placed to join them but they play Mitchels in the final round and they’ll need something tangible from that one to progress. That’s one to watch in Round 3.
Here are all the weekend’s results from the SFC:
- GROUP 1: Mayo Gaels 3-10 The Neale 1-7; Westport St Patrick’s 2-11 Ballintubber 0-9
- GROUP 2: Aghamore 3-14 Ballaghaderreen 2-8; Ballina Stephenites 3-9 Knockmore 0-11
- GROUP 3: Breaffy 1-13 Balla 0-8; Belmullet 1-8 Claremorris 0-13
- GROUP 4: Charlestown Sarsfields 1-14 Garrymore 0-17; Davitts 2-9 Castlebar Mitchels 0-17
Onto Intermediate, where the weekend’s Round 2 results were as follows:
- GROUP 1: Crossmolina Deel Rover 4-11 Bonniconlon 0-4; Lahardane MacHales 17 Louisburgh 3-17
- GROUP 2: Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin 3-14 Kiltane 2-11; Burrishoole 0-16 Ballinrobe 3-7
- GROUP 3: Castlebar Mitchels B 0-13 Ardnaree 0-11; Bohola Moy Davitts 1-11 Ballyhaunis 2-13
- GROUP 4: Hollymount/Carramore 1-12 Kilmeena 0-12; Kilmaine 5-11 Kiltimagh 1-5
Next Junior, where all this happened:
- GROUP 1: Ballycastle 2-13 Eastern Gaels 5-11; Cill Chomáin 8-18 Moygownagh 0-3
- GROUP 2: Kilfian 0-4 Ardagh 4-15; Ballycroy 0-7 Swinford 2-14
- GROUP 3: Killala 1-12 Kilmovee Shamrocks 1-11; Islandeady bye
- GROUP 4: Tourmakeady 1-20 Lacken 0-7; Shrule/Glencorrib 2-15 Achill 1-7
Completing our review of the club action, here are the weekend’s LGFA Championship results:
LGFA SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
- GROUP A: Castlebar Mitchels 4-12 Kilmovee Shamrocks 2-8; Westport 3-10 Knockmore 1-10
- GROUP B: Burrishoole 3-13 Moy Davitts 0-7; Hollymount 2-8 Carnacon 1-13
LGFA INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
- GROUP A: Davitts 4-8 Cill Chomáin 1-10; Louisburgh 1-10 Charlestown 3-13
- GROUP B: MacHale Rovers 8-7 Kiltimagh 5-7; Kilmoremoy 4-10 Swinford Killasser 3-13
LGFA JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
- GROUP A: Kiltane v Parke postponed; St Brigid’s 1-7 Ballyhaunis 3-2
- GROUP B: The Neale 0-4 Aghamore 1-15; Breaffy bye
Finally, commiserations to the Mayo Masters who were beaten by the minimum margin in yesterday’s All-Ireland Plate final. They lost that one to Cavan in Ballinagh by 2-11 to 2-10.