U21 club Championship fixtures this weekend

For those of you who may be pining for some live football action this weekend, the U21 county club Championship quarter-finals might just fit the bill.

The first match of the weekend has, in fact, happened already as this was played under the lights at Páirc Gerry McDonald in Castlebar tonight. That was in the A Championship and it ended in a big win for Castlebar Mitchels too, as they routed Knockmore by 8-11 to 1-7 to book a semi-final place against Bohola Moy Davitts.

The other A Championship quarter-final is Westport against Claremorris, which throws in at Westport on Sunday at 1pm. The winners of that one will play Davitts in the semi-final and both of the A Championship semi-finals are fixed for Sunday 3rd December.

There’s one quarter-final on in the B Championship and that’s the game between Breaffy and Belmullet, which gets underway on Sunday at 1pm.

The Crossmolina/Aghamore game was also supposed to be on this weekend but that’s now been put back to Sunday 3rd December when it’ll be played at St Tiernan’s Park (throw-in 12pm). The two other B quarter-finals will also be played that day (I’ve no details on those, I’m afraid), with the B semi-final fixture details to be confirmed later.

Both quarter-final matches in the C Championship are also down for decision this Sunday at 1pm. Erris St Pat’s entertain Achill at Bangor, with the winners facing Eastern Gaels in the semi-final, while Swinford host Charlestown and they’ll be battling for the right to play Tourmakeady in the semis. both of those C semi-finals are set to be played on Sunday 3rd December.

30 thoughts on “U21 club Championship fixtures this weekend

  1. It’s a pity U21 isn’t being taken more seriously. Games cancelled, conceded and clubs not fielding.
    The time of year doesn’t lend itself to lads having much interest, post senior championship, which is a pity as I used to enjoy it as a competition.
    Would nearly be as well to play it during summer in good conditions with whoever is around for the summer.

  2. Thanks Willie Joe. We should get rid of unimportant early season competitions and find a better weather slot for U21.
    It would be an important player development competition.
    Here, also, in a competitive environment we can spot overlooked players.

  3. Agree also I see Ballina who would have been one of the favourites surprisingly conceded their last group game last week to Knockmore, which was due to be played on Sunday. As it turned out with last nights result they could have given the favourites Mitchels a sterner test. Should be a good game tomorrow in Westport with a number of players from both sides on display currently in county u20 development panel. Agree it’s a difficult time of year with third level and colleges competitions also in full flow and little down time for these young players.

  4. Would the U21 be a good one to experiment with regional teams?

    Have a senior division of regions and big towns – the lads who want to take it super seriously – and then have a few divisions of the clubs and b teams – the lads who just want to play ball with their friends. Have the teams play every second weekend but on opposite weekends, and allow the senior guys to play with their friends as well if they want.

    No relegation and promotion between the two. Instead expand the senior division as needed.

  5. Mayo for Sam, it may or may not depending on if the teams are bothered about it.
    The Knockmore v Mitchels game was actually only 1 or two point game at half time.
    Ballina not fielding due to players being involved with seniors is crazy, and fly’s in face of the article on GAA.ie about all their great Underage work and development programs in Ballina.

    But main problem is this isn’t the time of year for U21, the seasons over in most young fellas minds. This is just an inconvenience.

  6. @gizmobobs
    I agree with you on timing, I see that the Post Primary games are now in full swing as well as fresher football and Sigerson league. They talk about player welfare and some young have to wait until the worst months in the year to get to play football. Not sure how fixing a game for a Friday night when lads are away at college traveling to play games on a Friday evening helps.
    I have fond memories of the competition especially against knockmore, remember them starting in September and finishing in October. Football was always more open and free flowing that we see at senior level. Scores in these game would suggest things haven’t changed which is good.
    Looking at the games and teams so far I have to say how well Castlebar is keeping their young players together I think it’s a massive help them having an intermediate team as a lot of there players are getting summer football when other senior club players are not. I think the junior setup needs to be change with the times. It young’s lads aren’t getting games you will lose them to other sports or lose them altogether.

    Castlebar are the team to beat, I noticed that when the beat Westport Bob Tuohy, Paddy Heneghan and Paul Walsh weren’t even playing, Walsh out with an ACL. Interested in the game next week against Moy Davitts who have a young team with 10 of the team that beat Knockmore U19 or younger with Conor Reid and Ronan Clarke not playing in that game.

  7. Knockmore mostly made up of 17 and 18 year olds as well. Heneghan and Tuohy not playing either. Most college lads probably not around of a Friday evening as you say as well, or have to prioritise schools/colleges if on scholarship or looking make sigerson.

    It makes a complete mockery of it, there’s no interest in it. Which as you say is a pity MayoMessi as used be a really enjoyable competition.

    The county board have really abandoned player development with going to U17 and having no meaningful competition for lads over 17 who aren’t good enough for senior.

    Westport, Castlebar and Knockmore giving their population in particular are doing their best fielding 3 senior teams. Knockmore have one 3 or 4 of the last Junior As but can never have a chance to try get intermediate due to current system. Despite beating and finishing well above Castlebar intermediate in the league division 3. With their population dropping year on year like most rural areas, how long they can maintain 3 adult teams only time will tell.

  8. By abandoning the 18-21 age groups we as a county are decreasing our likelihood of being competitive in the years to come, increased drop out and interest in younger age groups is not a good thing.

  9. @mayo for Sam
    Claremorris have some wonderful forward players coming through, from the older age group Darragh Joyce minor team from a couple of years ago that gave Castlebar a run for their money, there appears to be some player drop in off. MJ Duffy their big midfielder was playing rugby for galwegians last year didn’t play for claremorris seniors. Don’t see how senior teams can have 40 players listed on a match day and young players aren’t getting any relevant game time.
    Just taking Kilmeena for example who have blooded 5-6 U19 players this year at intermediate level, I could say the same about Moy Davitts and then I look at Westport who have 5 players on the 2022 County U17 All Ireland final panel, none where on the senior panel only Lorcan Silke played against Castlebar in their recent U21 game. Not sure how many games Westport played at Junior this year, doubt if it was more than two. Having successful underage teams means nothing if their is not a pathway for future development. Just stockpiling young players on the sidelines.
    In regards to claremorris, I wouldn’t rule out Davitts if they get thru against Westport, it was a draw game in the group stage. I noticed that Cathal Corless hasn’t played in the 2 group games still U19, if they have him, Fenton Kelly, Dylan Gallagher, Jack Melvin all firing they will have their hands full. Should be 2 good semi finals.

  10. Claremorris are very young , they have few players over 28 on there starting 15.
    I watched them against Ballagh and Charlestown there defending and tackling was of the worst of any Senior team I seen this year including The Neale, alot of work to be done.But they could have a serious set of forwards in another 2 years with Diskin and the Hurley and Beirne brothers.

  11. Claremorris have not been in a County Final since 78 and lost it to a Castlebar team that was fitter and more motivated then them.
    I would love to see them come good but I feel sorry for all their young talent that possibly will never prosper.

  12. Claremorris have unreal talent at the level but still missing a lot. Too many players who they need to win who have stopped playing football.
    No better full forward line in the county at any level than Adam and Darragh Beirne and Niall Hurley. All three could play for mayo senior team, Adam beirne in my opinion is the best free in Mayo at any level.
    As good as their success has been, Castlebar are a million miles ahead. Great to see efficiency in the biggest town in Mayo, compared to days when they were in B championship around 2018.
    For Mayo to be successful, we can have the odd Oisin Mullin from Kilmaine, James Carr from Ardagh, Jack Carney from Kilmeena, but we need the big towns to be producing big players.

  13. Could they ever let Tooreen enter the Galway Senior hurling championship.
    Or if not have a Connacht League and Championship of all the Senior hurling clubs in Mayo, Roscommon ,Sligo and Leitrim.There is just not enough games and competition to bring Tooreen to the next level.

  14. U21B
    Breaffy 3-18 Belmullet 0-8
    Kilmeena 2-11 Castlebar B 2-8

    Close game between Kilmeena and Castlebar B

  15. Set up for a cracking local derby in the semi next week on Saturday between Davitts and Claremorris in Ballindine….Mitchels who are hot favourites travel to play Bohola Moy Davitts ….in Foxford …..could be an ambush by the Moy ?

  16. Can’t see any team beating castlebar In the A championship and I think it will be either breaffy or mayo gaels to win the B championship, erris St pats seem to be the team to beat in the C championship.

  17. Sam Og, ideas good but the gulf in standard is massive. Would be slaughtered in Galway senior championship.
    The rest of Connacht league be good, but logistically be severer on players.
    Carrick on Shannon to cong be quare spin.

  18. Four strong teams left in u21A competition. A number of future Mayo stars for sure. Castlebar look very strong. A big score put up against Knockmore without 3 seniors ( Toughy,McHugh and Morahan). Another Castlebar/Claremorris final i think.

  19. Mayo for Sam i did not think Claremorris have won 2 of the last 3 minor championships, they won it this year, i thought Castlebar won it the year before maybe i’m wrong and weren’t Claremorris in the B championship the year before that they were beaten by Eastern Gaels in the final a huge shock at the time.
    Think its definitely between themselves and Castlebar this year at u21

  20. Claremorris won the minor championship (u18) in 2021 and this year beating Mitchels on both occasions and U 16 championship also in 2021 and 2022 again beating Mitchels both times . They lost the u17 championship final to Mitchels last year (2022) after losing the u17B championship in 2021. They also lost the u19 championship final to Mitchels last year, so little between the clubs at that level at the moment…Moy Davitts and Davitts both having home advantage could yet have a big part to play in deciding who this years U21 championship winner is.

  21. Home advantage will definitely help both Davitts but I think for Davitts to overcome Mitchells especially if their senior county panellists are playing would take a giant killing act. Mind you Davitts are not without pedigree at this age group,albeit not so recent.

  22. JR some injured I believe, others may be in college. Looking at both Castlebar and Knockmore teams they both seemed to be missing a lot of players that would be in the 20-21 age bracket. With a lot of 17 or so years old lads playing.
    Those in College are likely back sigerson training and involved with college league etc.
    A lot of players I’d imagine just didn’t bother with the Mayo U21 championship given it’s ran after main club season over.
    County team back out in full group this weekend to I think.

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