It’s been six weekends in a row of championship action for Castlebar Mitchels but this afternoon at MacHale Park marked the end of the road for them. It took extra-time in today’s Connacht SFC semi-final before Galway champions Corofin eventually emerged as the winners on a scoreline of 0-17 to 0-14.
I wasn’t there myself and as I was at another match up here this afternoon (another final, another loss but that’s another story) I didn’t get to see it on the box either. Keith Duggan’s report for the Irish Times on the contest is here.
Commiserations to Mitchels for whom the six-week period since early October of continuous championship activity cannot have been easy. All the more so for the likes of Paddy Durcan and Barry Moran, who have had no break from football at all this year.
If there’s one upside from Mitchels’ elimination – though they obviously won’t view it that way – then the R&R they’ll now get has to be it. Plus the fact that club commitments won’t get in the way of inter-county league action next year.
Corofin now go forward to face Roscommon champions St Brigid’s in the Connacht final, a match that’s been fixed for Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Sunday week. As Keith Duggan notes in the match report linked above, this tasty decider pits the 2013 All-Ireland club champions against the 2015 winners and whichever of them claims provincial honours this year will, for sure, be eyeing Croke Park next March.
Elsewhere, it was also the end of the road today for the Ballyhaunis hurlers. They lost out to Ahascragh Fohenagh by 2-20 to 0-13 in the replayed Connacht IHC final. Hard luck to them as well.
The Mayo Masters, meanwhile, live to fight another day. Their All-Ireland final against Cavan yesterday afternoon, played at the Kilkerrin-Clonberne GAA club in Galway, ended in a draw – 0-19 to 1-16 – after extra-time. Top of the pops for the greybeards yesterday was Kevin Filan who bagged twelve points. Details of where and when the replay will take place will be announced later.