Sport can be funny at times, can’t it? Lahardane MacHales had to wait a full 51 years for their first county title but barely a month after that landmark achievement the club that was founded in 1966 have now gone on to win the Connacht Junior football title. A tilt at All-Ireland honours now awaits them in the New Year. Fair play to them.
Fair play too to John Maughan, who today showed that he’s still able to work his magic on the sideline. 21 long years have now passed since he won his first provincial title as a manager – when Clare shocked the football world by coming out on top in Munster – and he’s claimed a fair few Connacht crowns, both senior and U21, at inter-county level since then, as well as winning Connacht senior club honours with Crossmolina, but I’d say today’s provincial title win with Lahardane must surely rank as a very sweet one.
By the sounds of it, it was a game of two halves at MacHale Park today. Sligo’s Ballymote were to the fore in the first half, two goals helping them to a four-point lead at the break. It was all Lahardane in the second half, though, as a flurry of points saw them take control and a late goal from captain Gary Naughton put the result beyond that.
They won in the finish by 1-15 to 3-5, unleashing wild scenes of celebration at MacHale Park:
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) November 19, 2017
Carnacon will also be in celebratory mood tonight as they proved far stronger than Tyrone’s St Macartan’s in today’s All-Ireland ladies senior club football semi-final. With Cora Staunton weighing in with 1-7 and strong performances from the likes of Amy Dowling, Martha Carter and Fiona McHale, Carnacon eased to a 3-14 to 0-8 win over the Ulster champions at Augher to book a place in the final for the first time since 2013.
Carnacon now head for Parnell Park on 3rd December where they’ll face Cork’s Mourneabbey in the decider. Best of luck to them in that one and congrats on today’s win.
Match report from RTÉ on today’s All-Ireland semi-final win by Carnacon is here.