Photo: @EoghanOReilly06 via Twitter (Sportsfile)
The nearest I got to following what was happening in today’s senior club final between Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy was by keeping an eye on the blow-by-blow score updates posted by Mayo GAA on Twitter. The final was, I know, live on TG4 and on Midwest but I had other GAA-related fish to fry this afternoon up here in the capital.
In any event, the score updates told me all that I needed to know, with Castlebar Mitchels taking a firm hold on the Moclair Cup decider early on and never subsequently letting their near neighbours back into the contest. Their first goal, a loose ball booted to the net by Danny Kirby, put them three points clear with just over twenty minutes on the clock and they had a second major, this one the first of three from Man of the Match Neil Douglas, before the half-time whistle blew. By then Castlebar had a commanding 2-6 to 0-5 lead.
Breaffy’s efforts to force their way back into the game after the break yielded no reward on the scoreboard. Instead Castlebar, with another goal from Neil Douglas, pulled further clear and even the loss of Barry Moran due to a black card did little to stop their canter towards a 29th county title. They won in the end on a decisive scoreline of 4-10 to 0-9 .
Mitchels now march on to the Connacht club championship where they face newly-crowned Roscommon top dogs Clann na nGael at the semi-final stage in two weeks time. Best of luck to them in that one.
A quick word before I finish on St Vincents who today qualified for their third Dublin SFC final in a row by beating Na Fianna by 0-22 to 2-9 in a fairly pedestrian contest at Parnell Park this afternoon. Vinnies now face Ballyboden St Enda’s in next weekend’s county final, where they’ll be aiming to become the first team to win three Dublin titles in a row since Na Fianna did so at the turn of the new Millennium.