There was a load of club football championship action on this weekend at Senior, Intermediate and Junior level, with several important issues decided in each. Here’s a quick run-down of all that happened.
In the senior football championship, the final round of group games took place, the outcome of which has decided who’s in the quarter-final, who has retained senior status for another year and who has been pitched into the dreaded relegation play-offs. The results in each group and what they mean for those involved are as follows:
- Garrymore 2-16 Charlestown Sarsfields 1-17
- Knockmore 2-11 Westport 1-9
Into the quarters from Group 1 go Garrymore and Knockmore, while Westport, back in senior level this year following their IFC All-Ireland heroics, go into the relegation play-offs.
- Breaffy 6-14 Ballaghaderreen 1-9
- Hollymount/Carramore 2-11 Davitts 1-10
So it’s Breaffy and Hollymount/Carramore into the quarters with Davitts off to the relegation play-offs.
- Ballintubber 0-16 Claremorris 1-8
- Kiltane 2-10 Aghamore 0-15
Ballintubber and Claremorris make the quarters from Group 3 but my home club Aghamore will be bitterly disappointed to find themselves pitched into the relegation play-offs.
- Crossmolina Deel Rovers 2-13 Ballinrobe 1-10
- Ballina Stephenites 3-8 Castlebar Mitchels 1-10
Both Castlebar and Ballina had already qualified for the quarter-finals before they met on Saturday but Stephenites will undoubtedly have been boosted greatly by getting one over the defending champions before the knockouts get underway. Ballinrobe won’t, one assumes, be overly happy about ending up in the relegation play-offs but it’s not as if they don’t know their way around this predicament at this stage.
The draws for the SFC quarter-finals and relegation play-offs were made this evening and here’s how they panned out:
- Breaffy v Claremorris (MacHale Park, 7th October, 6pm)
- Ballintubber v Hollymount/Carramore (MacHale Park, 7th October, 7.30pm)
- Knockmore v Castlebar Mitchels (Ballina, 7th October, 5pm)
- Garrymore v Ballina Stephenites (Charlestown, 8th October, 2pm)
SFC relegation play-offs
- Westport v Ballinrobe (Garrymore, 7th October, 5pm)
- Aghamore v Davitts (Ballyhaunis, 8th October, 1.30pm)
In the Intermediate championship, meanwhile, here’s what happened in each of the four groups.
- Ardnaree 4-14 Parke 0-11
- Belmullet 1-4 Ballyhaunis 0-5
QUARTER-FINALISTS: Ardnaree, Parke RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS: Ballyhaunis
- Shrule/Glencorrib 0-15 Islandeady 1-12
- Mayo Gaels 2-15 Swinford 0-10
QUARTER-FINALISTS: Islandeady, Mayo Gaels RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS: Swinford
- Louisburgh 0-11 Burrishoole 1-5
- Bonniconlon 2-13 The Neale 1-12
QUARTER-FINALISTS: Louisburgh, Burrishoole RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS: The Neale
- Bohola Moy Davitts 9-14 Castlebar Mitchels B 1-8
- Kiltimagh 0-20 Tourmakeady 2-5
QUARTER-FINALISTS: Moy Davitts, Kiltimagh RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS: Tourmakeady
- Islandeady v Burrishoole (Westport, 8th October, 4pm)
- Louisburgh v Mayo Gaels (Islandeady, 8th October, 1.30pm)
- Parke v Moy Davitts (Connacht Centre of Excellence, 8th October, 2pm)
- Ardnaree v Kiltimagh (Connacht Centre of Excellence, 8th October, 3pm)
IFC relegation play-offs
- Ballyhaunis v Tormakeady (Connacht Centre of Excellence, 7th October, 5pm)
- Swinford v The Neale (Connacht Centre of Excellence, 7th October, 7pm)
The Junior A championship is already well into the knockout stages and today at MacHale Park, where both matches were streamed live by Mayo GAA TV, the two JFC semi-finals took place.
Kilmaine beat Ballycastle by 2-12 to 1-10 in the first semi while Lahardane – managed these days by John Maughan – overcame Balla by 2-12 to 1-7 in the other one. The JFC A final takes place next Sunday (8th October) at MacHale Park where throw-in is set for 3pm.