So it’s down to the final two in this year’s Senior football Championship. On Sunday week at James Stephens Park in Ballina defending champions Knockmore will face Belmullet for possession of the Moclair Cup.
As well as aiming to capture back-to-back title wins, Knockmore are seeking to rack up their tenth county title success. Belmullet, by contrast, have yet to win the Moclair Cup and this is their first Senior decider appearance since 1981.
Knockmore will obviously be favourites to win but Belmullet have spent the last number of weeks making a nonsense of such claims. They’ve taken a few notable scalps on the way to this decider and, of course, this includes their final opponents, whom they beat in the group stages.
Another factor in Belmullet’s favour is the venue – Sunday week’s final is the fourth Championship match in a row that they’ll have played in Ballina. But, of course, James Stephens Park is only a trot up the road for Knockmore as well and no doubt they’ll relish the opportunity of claiming the silverware there.
It’s all set up for a classic encounter, all the more so if the autumn weather is kind. Both clubs will really fancy their chances in this one and it’s easy to envisage it going either way on the day.
Let’s see what the general feeling on the decider is just under two weeks out from the game – the poll below is now open.
Who'll win the final?
- Belmullet (50%, 512 Votes)
- Knockmore (50%, 507 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,019