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The focus at inter-county level switches to the hurlers for the next while. The group games in the Christy Ring Cup began last weekend and they’re set to be concluded with further rounds of matches tomorrow and on Saturday fortnight.
Mayo’s campaign began last Saturday in defeat when, shorn of the services of both Keith Higgins and Cathal Freeman, they went under by 1-20 to 2-11 to Wicklow in Aughrim. Tomorrow’s task is unlikely to be too much easier for them either, as they face Kildare who top Group 1 (tables here) by virtue of their 4-26 to 1-10 win over Roscommon in the opening round. Tomorrow’s match takes place at James Stephens Park, Ballina, where throw-in is fixed for 3pm.
Already it would seem that qualification for the semi-finals is a bridge too far for Derek Walsh’s charges. A more immediate priority would appear to be avoiding dropping back down to the Rackard Cup tier, which is the fate of whatever county finishes bottom of the group.
This means that the clash with Roscommon a fortnight tomorrow is likely to be the Group 1 relegation decider. That match on 2nd June will be played in Athleague (throw-in 3pm).
Best of luck to the hurlers against Kildare tomorrow.