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Time for a quick gallop through the weekend results, of which there are quite a few to mention.
Let’s start with the county’s ladies footballers, who this afternoon booked their place in this year’s National Football League semi-finals, courtesy of a 6-11 to 3-11 win over Monaghan at Swinford. Top scorer for them today was Sarah Rowe with 3-4. Match report on that game is here and video of all nine goals scored in it is here.
Peter Leahy’s charges now face defending League champions Cork in the semis. That match will be played the weekend after next, with the date, time and venue to be decided later.
Staying with ladies football, big congrats to the GMIT Mayo ladies team who won the European football blitz in Vigo, Spain, at the weekend. The only details I have on that is here but well done to them all the same.
Onto the lads and starting with the two Colleges’ finals at Croke Park yesterday, where there was double disappointment as both Rice College and St Nathy’s went under in their respective finals. It’s always tough to fall at the final hurdle, all the more so for the Westport lads who only just lost out by the minimum margin, but both teams can console themselves on the marvellous runs they enjoyed all the way to the final and to Croke Park.
Commiserations to the both of them and well done on their respective campaigns. Mike Kelly’s report from Croke Park for the Mayo Advertiser on the Hogan Cup decider is here.
And so to the welter of club championship action that took place yesterday and today, with Round 1 ties in the senior and intermediate football championships. Here are all the results from those fixtures:
Senior Football Championship
GROUP 1: Castlebar Mitchels 2-18 Ballina Stephenites 1-6; Ballaghaderreen 1-11 Aghamore 0-10
GROUP 2: Charlestown 1-12 Knockmore 1-9; Moy Davitts 1-12 Garrymore 2-12
GROUP 3: Hollymount/Carramore 0-9 Claremorris 2-7; Crossmolina 0-8 Westport 2-12
GROUP 4: Davitts 1-9 Ballintubber 1-13; Breaffy 1-15 Kiltane 1-12
Intermediate Football Championship
GROUP 1: Ballyhaunis 0-8 Kiltimagh 0-10; Mayo Gaels 1-15 Belmullet 3-15
GROUP 2: Islandeady 1-11 Swinford 2-9; Bonniconlon 0-10 Burrishoole 2-12
GROUP 3: Ballinrobe 3-12 Ardnaree 2-9; Castlebar Mitchels B 2-11 The Neale 1-14
GROUP 4: Parke 0-8 Louisburgh 0-9; Shrule/Glencorrib 1-7 Lahardane 0-12
A summary of the weekend’s SFC action by Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser is here.
Finally, a quick mention about my own weekend action, which came in the shape of yesterday’s 125km Cliffs of Moher Cycle Challenge on a fantastically picturesque route in North Clare. For anyone who’s interested in outings of this kind, it’s worth knowing that this was an extremely well organised and friendly event, one that looks deservedly set to grow in popularity in future years. I’ll definitely be back to do it again.