The focus has been on off-field stuff all week so it’s time, I think, for a quick post about some on-field action that was on over the past two days.
Let’s start with the Mayo Masters, who had another good win yesterday. This one was a Round 8 fixture away to Longford, which was played in Drumlish yesterday afternoon. Our lads had a comfortable 3-14 to 1-8 win, as a result of which they’re now through to the All-Ireland semi-final.
That’s as much information as I have on that one, I’m afraid – I’ve no idea of scorers from yesterday’s game or who they’ll be facing in the All-Ireland semi or indeed when that tie will be played.
On the club scene, meanwhile, the semi-final pairings for the senior championship were finalised yesterday when Knockmore beat Kiltane at Foxford. A good thumping it was too, with Knockmore prevailing by 5-21 to 3-7. Colm Gannon’s report on the game for the Mayo Advertiser is here.
Knockmore will now face Castlebar Mitchels in next Sunday’s semi-final, while Ballintubber will play Breaffy in the other penultimate round tie. It was, very sensibly, decided yesterday to pull forward both of those fixtures in order to avoid a clash with the rugby. Because of this, the Breaffy/Ballintubber match will throw in at 1pm, followed by the Castlebar/Knockmore tie at 2.30pm, with both matches taking place at MacHale Park.
In the intermediate championship semi-finals today, meanwhile, The Neale crushed Moy Davitts by 2-16 to 1-8 (report here) to set up an IFC decider against Hollymount-Carramore who overcame Belmullet by 1-14 to 0-8 (report here).
Perhaps the most heart-warming club result within the county over the weekend, however, came yesterday when Ballycastle beat Breaffy by 3-10 to 2-9 in the Junior B final at MacHale Park yesterday evening. This was Ballycastle’s first county title since 1939 and the photo above shows their captain Mícheál Forde accepting the cup from Mike Connelly.
The action I got to see over the weekend, though, happened up here in the capital. I was in Parnell Park yesterday evening to witness the eagerly anticipated Dublin SFC Round 2 clash between my local club St Vincents and Ballymun Kickhams, where a rip-roaring contest was expected to unfold.
It was nothing of the sort, however, as Vincents pulled away easily in the second half to win by 0-19 to 0-13 in what was a strangely muted contest. Vinnies opened a five-point lead in the first half but Kickhams enjoyed their best spell of the game in the final ten minutes of the half, scoring four points without reply to cut the gap to one at the break.
The match was level soon after the restart but the defending champions really got into their stride after that, knocking over eight points in succession before Ballymun registered their next score. Vinnies controlled the game from then to the finish, winning by a comfortable six-point margin at the end. Best for them were wing-back Nathan Mullins, Shane Carthy at midfield and the evergreen corner-forward Mossy Quinn, who bagged nine points, eight of them from dead balls.
Vincents now play Lucan Sarsfields in the quarter-final in two weeks time, with a third successive Dublin title beginning to come into focus for them.