With the cold weather starting to bite, the club championship season – which has now moved on from county to provincial championship action – is once again in full flow. There were ties involving Mayo clubs at senior, junior and intermediate level this weekend and, for good measure, there was some hurling action too.
Let’s start with the small ball. Ballyhaunis followed up their Connacht IHC win over Roscommon’s Oran in midweek by taking on Galway club Ahascragh Fohenagh in the intermediate provincial decider this afternoon. This tie, played at Athleague, was the fourth championship match played by Ballyhaunis in the past fourteen days and their endurance qualities were tested further today when the game went to extra-time. It eventually ended in a 2-13 to 0-19 draw and so it’s back to Athleague for them again next Saturday for second helpings, with throw-in for the replay set for 2pm.
Castlebar Mitchels take the field once again this day week. On Saturday, they had no trouble getting past the challenge of Sligo’s Tourlestrane in the Connacht SFC quarter-final at Markievicz Park, winning by 1-10 to 0-5 (match report here) but next weekend they’re up against a more formidable hurdle in the form of Galway champs Corofin. That one takes place at MacHale Park next Sunday, also with a 2pm throw-in and it’ll be broadcast live on TG4.
Westport and Louisburgh, meanwhile, have a bit more time to draw breath after their respective wins over the weekend. Westport had a point to spare over Galway’s Monivea-Abbey in today’s Connacht IFC semi-final at MacHale Park, where they won by 0-7 to 0-6, and they now face Ballinamore of Leitrim at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in a fortnight’s time. That 20th November decider throws in at 2pm.
The day before then (November 19th) sees Louisburgh go into battle for the Connacht JFC crown. They’re up against Roscommon outfit Creggs in that one, which has been fixed for Kiltoom, once again with a 2pm start. Louisburgh earned their place in that decider with a one-point win (0-15 to 3-5) over Galway’s Oranmore-Maree at Pearse Stadium this afternoon.
Well done to all the clubs from the county on their provincial exploits over the weekend and the best of luck to them in the forthcoming tests they now face.