The county had young lads and older lads – the former in hurling, the latter in football – in action today, both involving matches against Tyrone. Sadly for both the Minor hurlers and the Masters footballers both contests ended in defeat.
The hurlers were back in Ballinamore to face the Red Hand County in their All-Ireland Minor C final replay, with our lads bidding to complete a hat-trick of All-Ireland titles at this grade and, in the process, to take possession for the first time of the Adrian Freeman Cup.
They looked well on their way at half-time, when they led by 1-8 to 0-3, but the second half pretty much belonged to Tyrone. Little more than ten minutes after the restart an unanswered 1-5 saw the Northern lads draw level and then a second goal put them in the driving seat for the first time. Tyrone eventually ran out winners by 2-12 to 1-10. Hard luck to our lads who battled bravely but who came up just a bit short at the finish.
It was, from what I can gather, a somewhat similar story for the Masters footballers in their Round 7 clash against Tyrone at Swinford today. Leading by a point at half-time and ahead by two with time almost up, a home win for the Masters appeared to be on the cards. Then a late, late goal for the Tyrone lads saw them take the spoils by the minimum margin.
Photos from Swinford by Mayo Mick are here.
Onto this afternoon’s senior club championship action at MacHale Park where there were wins for Breaffy, who battled past a resolute Garrymore to win by 2-12 to 0-14, and Castlebar Mitchels, who scorched Aghamore by 5-13 to 1-7. Brief reports on these two clashes are available here.
In the first of this year’s relegation play-offs, meanwhile, Claremorris secured their senior status for next year, pushing Ballinrobe closer to the trapdoor in the process. Claremorris won by 1-16 to 0-12 in today’s play-off and Ballinrobe must now face the losers of tomorrow’s other play-off between Shrule/Glencorrib and Ballyhaunis to see which of them will revert to Intermediate status for next year.
In the Intermediate championship, meanwhile, Moy Davitts this afternoon got the better of Kiltimagh in their IFC quarter-final replay tie, winning by 1-16 to 1-9.
Finally, congratulations to Cill Choman’s Fintan Ruddy who today at Bray Emmets GAA club in Wicklow won the Cic Fada competition for the second time. The photo above shows Fintan accepting the Tom Walsh Cup which was presented to him by the late Tom Walsh’s daughter Ciara. Well done to him.