It’s been another action-packed weekend of club championship action within the county, with some silverware doled out for good measure at MacHale Park today. Here’s a quick round-up of what took place.
At MacHale Park this afternoon Lahardane McHales – a club founded in 1966 – won their first ever club championship title when they got the better of Kilmaine in the final of the Junior A football championship. The North Mayo club, managed by John Maughan, won out by 2-11 to 0-15.
Favourites Kilmaine, who led for the bulk of the hour, looked to be on their way to victory when they led by three points with five minutes to go. In a hectic last few minutes, however, a goal and a point from Lahardane was enough to clinch a famous win – and the Pete McDonnell Cup – by the narrowest of margins.
The curtain-raiser at MacHale Park this afternoon also saw a shock result. That was in the Minor A championship final where Balla beat Westport by 1-14 to 1-11.
In the senior football championship, meanwhile, the field was cut from eight to five over the last few days. It would have been down to four had Ballintubber not survived a late, late scare against Hollymount/Carramore yesterday evening – when they lost possession in their own half deep in injury time and an attempt at the posts by Conor Keane fell short, having been half blocked down – with that tie ending at 0-17 apiece.
The replay has been fixed for MacHale Park this coming Wednesday evening (throw-in 8pm) and the winners will face surprise packets Claremorris in the semi-finals. They knocked out Breaffy yesterday, coming from behind to win by 1-10 to 0-12.
The other semi-final pairing sees defending champions Castlebar Mitchels up against Garrymore. Mitchels had a goal to spare over Knockmore yesterday, winning by 1-13 to 0-13, while Garrymore engineered an extraordinary comeback against Ballina Stephenites this afternoon. Trailing by 1-5 to 0-0 early on they proceeded to rack up a total of 4-13 by the finish, while Ballina were only able to add a further six points to their tally.
The battle to avoid relegation from the senior ranks was narrowed slightly too. Westport retained their status thanks to a comprehensive 2-15 to 1-9 win over Ballinrobe yesterday while Aghamore and Davitts played out an 0-14 to 1-11 draw this afternoon. I’ve no details, I’m afraid, on when that one will be replayed.
In the Intermediate championship the semi-finals will see Kiltimagh play Louisburgh while Moy Davitts will face Islandeady. Kiltimagh beat Ardnaree by 0-14 to 1-9, Louisburgh beat Mayo Gaels by 1-13 to 0-9, Bohola Moy Davitts defeated Parke by 1-17 to 1-15 while Islandeady got the better of Burrishoole by 2-18 to 2-12.
Rounding off this collection of results, on Friday evening Bohola Moy Davitts beat Eastern Gaels by 0-11 to 1-7 in the JFC B semi-final replay. The same evening, Annagh Rovers (the underage combination of Aghamore and Ballyhaunis) won the Minor B championship title, beating Ardnaree by 1-12 to 0-7 in the final.