Photo: Western People (David Farrell Photography)
The county club football championship moved another step closer to its conclusion yesterday and now there are just two contenders left in the race for the Moclair Cup. It was confirmed yesterday that the final will be held under the lights at MacHale Park this coming Saturday evening, where throw-in is set for 7.15pm.
I caught the closing stages of the Knockmore/Breaffy semi-final yesterday on Local Streaming. It was clear enough by then how that one was going to pan out, with Breaffy’s laboured attacks getting repeatedly smothered in and turned over by Knockmore’s hard-working defensive shield. At the other end, the North Mayo lads were able to keep the scoreboard moving just enough to keep their noses in front. So, for the first time since 2009, it was Knockmore’s day to celebrate clinching a place in the final as they ran out winners by 0-12 to 1-7.
By the sounds of it, Castlebar were never really in any danger of losing to Ballintubber. They got the game’s first five points and while Ballintubber cut that gap back to two with around ten minutes to go, Mitchels powered on from there to win by six, on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-5.
Mayo GAA needs draws in matches right now like they need a proverbial hole in the head but there were two of them over the weekend. Shrule/Glencorrib pulled the fat from the fire on Saturday with a last-minute penalty to snatch a second bite of the cherry against Westport in the IFC semi-final. That rematch takes place at MacHale Park on Wednesday evening (throw-in 8pm), with the winners advancing to play Kiltimagh in the final, which is due to be played as the curtain-raiser to the senior final at MacHale Park on Saturday evening (throw-in 5pm). The East Mayo boys got the better of Burrishoole in the other IFC semi-final last Saturday.
Yesterday’s hurling decider – once more a Ballyhaunis/Tooreen showdown – also ended in stalemate. The Tyrell Cup rematch will take place next Sunday at Ballyhaunis, with a 1pm throw-in.
Back to the football, though, where Saturday evening’s final will be the first one between these two clubs since 1980 (Knockmore won that one). Mitchels are 1/4 with the bookies to secure back-to-back Moclair Cup victories and, if they do this, it’ll be their 30th county title success. Knockmore, meanwhile, are chasing their ninth county title, having last won out back in 1997.
So, who’ll it be on Saturday evening under the lights? Time to vote.
Who'll win the county final?
- Castlebar Mitchels (73%, 286 Votes)
- Knockmore (27%, 106 Votes)
Total Voters: 392