Charlestown Sarsfields finally landed their third county title this afternoon when, having been beaten in the last two county finals, they got the better of Knockmore by 0-9 to 0-6 in today’s decider at McHale Park.
It wasn’t a classic final – certainly from what I saw of it on TG4 – with the rain and the wind making it a contest where defences were on top for most of the 60 minutes and so scores were decidedly hard to come by. It was, however, noteworthy for the fact that it was the first time that the new floodlights at McHale Park were used: with the clocks having gone back last night and the match not getting going till 3.30, the lights were needed to chase away the gloom in the second half.
I wasn’t at McHale Park today (club football within the county is a bit beyond my remit, I’m afraid) but Colm Gannon from the Mayo Advertiser was and his report is here. Colm says in his report that Ginger Tiernan got the Man of the Match award, which, from what I could see on the box, was well merited although Richie Haran, who scored four of the Sarsfields’ nine points, would have had legitimate claims to the same bauble as well.
The new champions don’t have long to rest on their laurels as their Connacht semi-final with Castlerea has been fixed for Sunday week (8th November). Best of luck in that one, lads.