Tasty club clashes this weekend

Photo: Mayo News

Another glut of club championship action is set to take place within the county this coming weekend. The final round of group matches are down for decision in both the Senior and Intermediate club championships and there’s plenty on the line in a number of these games.

Let’s start with the Moclair Cup fixtures. Five clubs – Ballaghaderreen, Castlebar Mitchels, Claremorris, Garrymore and Westport – are all through already to the knockout stages but all of them will still want to win their final matches this weekend and so top their respective groups.

Five more clubs – Aghamore, Ballina Stephenites, Crossmolina, Davitts and Hollymount/Carramore – are already out of the running for the Moclair Cup. All of them will, though, be seeking wins that could ensure they avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle.

In Group 1, the top-of-the-table clash between Castlebar Mitchels and Ballaghaderreen takes place at Fr O’Hara Park, Charlestown, on Saturday evening (throw-in 6pm). Aghamore face Ballina in the other match in this group, with that one throwing in at Foxford on Sunday at 4pm.

In Group 2, Charlestown – needing a win to qualify – face Moy Davitts at Gilmartin Park, Kiltimagh, at 1pm on Sunday. I’m planning to get to that one. The other Group 2 match throws in at the same time that afternoon, featuring Garrymore and Knockmore at MacHale Park.

In Group 3, Claremorris and Westport meet on Sunday to decide who tops the group. That one throws in at Flanagan Park in Ballinrobe at 2pm. Later that afternoon, Hollymount/Carramore and Crossmolina lock horns at Islandeady (throw-in 5pm).

In Group 4, Breaffy – looking for a win to top the group – face Davitts in Claremorris, while Kiltane take on Ballintubber at MacHale Park (part of a double-header, which I’m also attending this weekend). Both of those ties get underway at 5.30pm on Saturday.

Redcol provided a super preview of these games here on the site the other day (that’s here) so there’s no need for me to re-plough that particular furrow. Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser also has a preview piece on the weekend’s SFC action – here.

Onto the Intermediate championship where there are also plenty of do-or-die issues to be resolved this weekend. Here’s the full list:

  • Group 1 (Saturday, 5pm): Ballyhaunis v Mayo Gaels at Ballindine, Kiltimagh v Belmullet at Ballina
  • Group 2 (Sunday, 2pm): Islandeady v Bonniconlon at Ballina, Swinford v Burrishoole at Parke
  • Group 3 (Saturday, 4pm): Castlebar Mitchels B v Ballinrobe at Ballintubber, The Neale v Ardnaree at MacHale Park
  • Group 4 (Sunday, 2.30pm) Shrule/Glencorrib v Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin at MacHale Park, Louisburgh v Lahardane at Breaffy.

Colm Gannon also has a preview of these games in the Mayo Advertiserhere.

For blow-by-blow score updates over the weekend, follow @MayoGAA and/or your club of choice.

The Mayo News football podcast will, by the way, be on the road this weekend covering all the action. Rob, Mike, Ger, Ed and I will be bringing you samples of the various games from around the county and the podcast will also feature a roundtable discussion analysing the outcome of the group stages in both the SFC and the IFC. This new episode of the podcast will be online next Tuesday morning so stay tuned for that.

Finally, you’ll no doubt be interested to learn that the Ted Webb finals are on this evening at the Connacht Centre of Excellence, full details here. The Shield final, between Mayo EW and Galway N, throws in at 7pm and the Cup final, in which Mayo NS face Galway CW, gets going at 8.15pm. Don’t fret if you can’t make it to Bekan in person this evening, as both finals are being streamed live via YouTube – link for that is here.

86 thoughts on “Tasty club clashes this weekend

  1. Shield Final Mayo EW 0-09 Galway North 3-9

    Ted Webb Final Galway CW 1-13 Mayo NS 1-8

    Galways stranglehold over Mayo continues

  2. Full-time whistle has just been sounded in the Ted Webb Cup final: Galway CW 1-13 Mayo NS 1-8. Very competitive second half but an injury-time goal for the Galway lads sealed it for them.

  3. Thanks WJ you don’t miss a thing. Very enjoyable even if the result wasn’t right for us.
    Well spotted

  4. Galway far superior in their kicking especially into their forward line. Fowards stronger and definitely more accurate. Mayo turned over their own ball time and time again. Too many unforced errors in the second half.

  5. Great preview Willie Joe looking forward to the podcast
    Seen a few bits on he who must not be named blog. Some good reading

  6. Great stuff Quietman. Cards marked for intermediate gamalso, though ive a sneaky feeling belmullet could cause an upset…ryan o donnaghue a big player, he a go to forward capable of punishing any opposition…..

  7. A buddy of mine sent me a link earlier today about a story about Mayo Gaelic football…None other than the ‘Los Angeles Time’s’ ran a story…Did an Interview with the ‘Flying Doctor, Padraig Carney’s himself…. I won’t post the Link, because there Issue’s with reading Los Angeles Time’s’ articles this side of the Atlantic… But If anyone who cares to,. Google….(Los Angeles Time’s’, Mayo Gaelic Football)..& ye can read the article
    … I knew we Mayo were dominating the National headlines for this last month… I think now that you could honestly say that we are in the International news paper…We have arrived… I tell you ‘Elverys,/Intersport’ would never want to leave Mayo , What other County Gaelic Football or Hurling team will be written about in the ‘Los Angeles Time’s”

  8. Quietman – I’ve no problem with you posting links here to content from other sites but I do object to your lifting and dumping here whole articles from other sources without providing any attribution. There are obvious issues about copyright if you do this and the comments facility isn’t provided for this purpose. I’ve deleted your latest copy and paste job, please don’t attempt to do this again.

  9. The main difference tonight wasn’t the the skill or quality of the the Galway and Mayo teams ,it was strength and power. The Galway teams looked like they had done a lot of Strength and conditioning.While Mayo looked very light and not much signs that they had done any Gym work. Lost count how many times Mayo players lost 50/50 balls and coffee up ball in the tackle.Seious works need to be done in S and C for next years Minor panel.
    Mayo actually played some very good football at times and scored really good points so these are the positives!!

  10. Galway certainly have their shit together at underage these days. Hot favourites for 5 in a row at minor/U-17 in Connacht .

  11. I went to Bekan, thought we had some fine players between the two teams

    Hession FB Holly Carra
    Cosgrove CB Kiltimagh
    Irwin MF Ballina
    Henry MF Mayo Gaels
    Walsh CF Castlebar
    Mylett FF Castlebar

    I would say these are as good as anything Galway have.

    Just looking at the stats from Ah Ref,
    D Coen shooting the lights out. Also D Stenson. T Keegan Kiltimagh has kicked 5 points from play in his last two games

    https://ahrefcomeon.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/round-3-crunch-time-senior-preview/

  12. @TH would you also agree a big difference was Galway playing systematic blanket counter attack football. Those Galway players will know nothing else by adult level.
    It was dull senior type stuff with Galway flooding defence and working their way out via handpass only.
    The combined Mayo u17 next year should be quite decent. The strength advantage will narrow somewhat.

  13. Irwin from Ballina looks a class player but didn’t have the s & c to match the Mc Laughlin Lad from Galway. That was probably the difference in the end.

  14. U16’s who impressed me last night.
    Eoin Gilraine (Ballinrobe) corner back.
    Sean Hession (Hollymount/Carramore) fullback.
    Aidan Cosgrove (Kiltimagh) centre back.A superb talent.Great left boot Great engine.Strong and commanding.The best player on view for us at this grade.
    Frank Irwin (Ballina) midfield.A good prospect.
    Conor Reid (Moy Davitts).A powerful midfielder.
    Fionan Cruise (Moy Davitts) midfield.
    Ethan Henry (Mayo Gaels) midfield/half forward.A very good ball carrier.
    Paul Walsh (Castlebar)centre forward.Good at chip lift.Looks skilful.
    Niall Feeney (Ballina) forward.Nice left foot.
    John Grady (Westport) forward.Looked our best forward prospect until getting injured.Looks to have both feet and good freetaker.

  15. Hession from Hollymount at full back was good. Frank Irwin looks a good centre back, composed and skillful. Aidan Cosgrave looks made for left half back. The two big Moy Davitts lads Conor Reid and Fionan Cruise at midfeld look to have potential.
    Paul Walsh looked good at centre forward I thought, skillful and has pace. Ciaran Mylett in the corner looks to have potential. Niall Feeney and John Grady the other pick of the forwards.
    Luke McNicholas Swinford showed a bit of spark when he came on.
    The combined team with more strength will be decent.

  16. Players to watch out for over the weekend outside of mayo panel.
    Ballina v Aghamore
    Padraig o Hora,Mikey Murray,Ciaran Treacy,&Ciaran Harrison
    Castlebar v Ballaghaderreen
    Seamus Cunniffe & Sharoize Akram
    Charlestown v Moy Davitts
    Jack Reilly,Paddy Goldrick,Paul Towey& Brian Reape
    Knockmore v Garrymore
    Darren McHale,Peter Naughton &Cathal Slattery
    Claremorris v Westport
    James Stretton,James McCormack (if fit),Stephen McGreal,Conor Diskin,Kevin Keane,Shane Scott(if fit),Fionn McDonagh,Paul Lambert,Oisin McLaughlin,Colm Moran &Killian Kilkelly
    Hollymount/Carramore v Crossmolina
    Nathan Moran,Darren Coen & Fionan Duffy
    Breaffy v Davitts
    Matthew Ruane,Josh Ronayne &Evan Ronayne
    Kiltane v Ballintubber
    Mikey Conroy,Adam Carrabine ,Michael Plunkett & Stephen o Malley
    Ballyhaunis v Mayo Gaels
    Jason Coyne,Eamonn Phillips,Tommie Keane,Adam Gallagher & John Gallagher
    Kiltimagh v Belmullet
    Donovan Cosgrove,Sean Walsh,Eoghan Lavin,James Kelly & Ryan o Donoghue
    Swinford v Burrishoole
    Liam Moran
    Castlebar B vBallinrobe
    Gavin Durcan& Evan o Brien
    The Neale v Ardnaree
    Tommy Conroy& Cian Burke
    Parke v Shrule
    Aaron McHale
    Louisburgh v Lahardane
    Basil McLeod,Joe Dawson & Padraig o Malley

  17. On route to balla v mitchels. Balla already through so might be fairly one sided. Lookin forward to see how Hanley is progressing and Akram/Cuniffe.

  18. From mid west radio
    Group 3
    Hollymount-Carramore 1-14 Crossmolina 0-17
    (Crossmolina will contest relegation playoff on scoring difference)

    Group 4
    Ballintubber 2-18 Kiltane 0-05
    Breaffy 0-17 Davitts 0-05
    (Ballintubber and Breaffy through to quarter finals; Davitts contest relegation playoff)

    Mayo Intermediate Championship
    Group 1
    Belmullet 1-14 Kiltimagh 2-08
    Ballyhaunis 1-16 Mayo GAels 0-08
    (Belmullet and Kiltimagh into the quarter finals while Mayo Gaels will contest relegation playoff)

    Group 3
    The Neale 1-16 Ardnaree Sarsfields 1-08
    Ballinrobe 2-15 Castlebar Mitchels B 0-9
    (The Neale and Ballinrobe into the Quarter Finals; Castlebar Mitchels B will contest relegation playoff)

  19. Courtesy Midwest
    Mayo Senior Championship
    Group 1
    Castlebar Mitchels 3-12 Ballaghaderreen 0-12
    (Castlebar Mitchels and Ballaghaderreen through to quarter finals)

  20. Back from Ballagh v Mitchells. All County prospects on view. Mitchels fairly dominated around the middle, and as every1 knows are seirious outfit!
    Vaughan played well imo, good to see him playing the full game and moving well, up and down in his usual fashion knocked over a poinf or two aswell I think.
    P. Durcan is just a class act, was picking up Andy for a while, kicked a couple a lovely scores, a standard Paddy Durcan performance.
    Andy was playing out around the 40 for Ballagh, some unbeileveable foot passes into the inside line, top quality stuff, held his own when Mitchels were well on top too, theirs still a few miles in his legs yet, wouldn’t be writing him off if he commits for 2019.
    Akram is a machine, no doubt about it, on the rare occasions he got open road he caused damage. Has the speed and physicality to mix it with the best, can see him pushing hard for a place next summer. Will at least get league games to show his worth. His distribution and basic skill level has improved, gave maybe only 1 stray ball away that was it. Has big future for Mayo I feel.
    Cunniffe, game seem to pass him by a bit, he was on big barry for long periods, nothing exceptional from him really. The whole defence struggled when mitchels game at them on the counter. Still Id like to see more of Cunniffe, definetly needs to be looked at by next manager.
    Hanley- seirious engine up and down the pitch, theirs a fentonesque way about the way he eats up the yards. Was deployed as a sweeper from what I could see, broke up a few moves now and then with good transition from defence to attack. His soloing seems to have improved since summer, no doubt he’s going in the right direction, each game he plays for either club or county is bringing him on big time. Can see him being a work horse half forward in the next year or 2.
    Drake was solid enough, great pace and had a good battle with Douglas. Neik was razor sharp with the frees and 45’s, but just doesnt do enough in open play for me.
    Kirby made a nuisance of himself and kicked a fine point, was expecting more from him. But it must be noted that mitchels were already through and coukd have upped the gears if they really wanted.

    Akram and James Durcan will be major players for Mayo in the coming years. They just have that raw pace and power thats needed at inter county level.

  21. I was at the Kiltane Ballintubber game. Very one sided as the scoreline suggests. Tubber are a really well balanced team and look the closest challengers to Mitchels from what I’ve seen.

    Cillian was excellent in the 1st half. Got 2 from play off his left and set up a few more. Drifted out of the game in the 2nd half.

    Diarmuid was very good in midfield throughout. Caught several marks. Michael Plunkett was quiet enough I thought.

    Stephen O’Malley played really well, got 5 points from play. Alan Plunkett scored 1-4 or 1-5.

    It wasn’t Kiltane’s day but I thought Tommy Conroy battled well throughout. Won a lot of ball on the 40 but it just wouldn’t stick for them inside.

  22. @.Mayodunphy….agree with you on pretty much everything you say there about the Balagh v Mitchels game. Sharoize Akram looks every bit an inter county player and will have to get a run in the league. Hanley looked good at times and can run hard at a defence. I was surprised at how far back Andy Moran played – almost a sweeper at times which I thought played into Paddy Durkans hands.
    Mitchels look a very polished side and will be hard to stop.

  23. Mayo Dunphy,
    You say that Akram and James Durcan will be major players for Mayo in years to come with their raw pace and power but I did not see any other mention in your piece of James Durcan. Paddy Durcan yes, but James no. Are you by any chance confusing them? I thought that James Durcan did quite well as a debutant for Mayo this summer. How did he do v Ballagh?

  24. I was there as well, Wide Ball – nothing really to add to your summary there. Kiltane never got going at all. Stephen O’Malley was excellent for Ballintubber alright. The Neale won handily enough as well in the curtain-raiser at MacHale Park, Ardnaree never recovered after getting hit for 1-2 without reply in the opening few minutes. Padraic Walsh, the rangy no.9 for The Neale had a super game, full of running all day and hit about five points.

  25. Sorry AndyD left him out by mistake, not up to Wille Joe’s match report standards!!!. Paddy was immense and is a major player for us already….as we all know. James was lively through out, took up position on the wings a good bit, when he ran hard at the defence nearly always drew a foul or assisted a score. Scored a nice point himself too. Just like his brother he has blistering pace, and great control on the run. You’d know he’s County standard by his display tonight. Just has that bit of zip that sets him apart. Once he gets settled on a position he’ll be a big player for us imo.

  26. After the Durcan twins and Donie Vaughan, is there anyone good enough for the County from Castlebar.
    How did Neil Douglas, Danny Kirby, Ger McDonagh and Danny Newcombe play??
    How did Seamus Cunniffe and Sharoize Akram play for Ballagh?

    Went to the Ballintubber and Kiltane game, Tubber winning the game well in the end.
    Cillian and Diarmuid O’Connor,Michael Plunkett Jason Gibbons and Stephen O’Malley were The best for Tubber.
    No Kiltane player really stood out, don’t think they have any player of County standard.
    Tommy Conroy tryed hard think he would be more effective closer to goal in at full forward than at half forward. Mikey Sweeney found it hard going inside this evening.Lacks Height and Strength for Inter County.

  27. Great feedback and A lot of positives to take from those reports and tomorrow’s another day. Anyone at the belmullet/kiltimagh game. Good win for Belmullet in that one.

  28. Out of interest, what kind of attendance numbers were there for the games tonight?Do these games draw general interest crowds or just club loyalists?

    Also, this Akram guy: a minor anecdote, watching the ’17 All Ireland final on Hill16, there was a bunch of maybe 8 or 9 young-looking lads on the Hill wearing black tracksuits with something like Mayo Development Squad on them. Would that be right? Is there such a thing? Anyway, those lads looked absolutely devestated at the final whistle. Very emotional. I know they weren’t alone in that on the day but if some of these guys make it through to the senior team you can be sure they won’t be lacking passion for the cause.

  29. Maybe 400 at the mitchels match. 50/50 support. Decent game, Mitchell’s a better team but ballagh not too far behind. The Durcans ger mac Newcomb Hopkins and Douglas best for mitchels. All ballagh county players played well. Andy playing very deep in a defensive set up. Ballagh looked more dangerous when they opened up and went for it. Sloppy black card for Kirby who was in and out of the game. B Moran in full forward most of the time, did ok, laid on some nice scores for others. Vaughan was ok, hard running and hard in the tackle , few wayward passes. Mitchels will be hard to beat, very composed on the ball, good discipline, forwards have goals on their minds. Ballagh could take a big scalp yet this year!

  30. Thanks for the updates lads. Question about Akram: last time I saw him he looked quite light and it was obvious he needed to do a bit of strength work to get to inter county standard. Has he bulked up in the interim? Sounds like he could be strong enough to make a difference at inter county level now – would that be correct?

  31. The Crossmolina v Hollymount/Carramore game, was a serious game of football. Some of the scores were top drawer, Fionnan Duffy scored some crackers as did Darren Coen. Was very Impressed with Duffy, he showed well for every ball that came his way, put one 40 yard pass over the top into Brian Bensons hands and it deserved a goal! Darren Coen equally done the same in the opposite half. Stephen Coen was impressive, but the standout player was Peadar Gardiner, played the sweeper role intelligently, cut off passes, marshaled the full back line well and set up a plether of counter attacks, and scored the equalizer!

  32. Peader Gardiner messes up my impressive accumulator for the weekend .

    But ya can never hold anything against him , nothing beats that winning point in salthil in 09.

  33. No issue with Akrams size and strength now Cod. No love lost between the county players on both teams either. Not a bad thing to see either.

  34. @just a thought He did OK in the first half, was man marked and sometimes double marked so going was tough! Coen was on him in the second half, but he then had to go mark Duffy as he was getting on too much ball, he had his hands full!

  35. Fionan Duffy never gets enough credit. Crossmolinas leading scorer from play for a few seasons in a team with no proper middle eight platform.
    Charlestown – Moy Davitts 14:00 is being streamed, go to Charlestown GAA twitter to get the YouTube link.

  36. Thanks, JP – you just beat me to it with that info re the live stream! For me, though, on this occasion nothing beats being there – I’m heading out the door to Gilmartin Park shortly.

  37. Good man Willie Joe. Moy Davitts have a Darragh Ruane , centre back usually, not so well known. If he plays well, I think Moy Davitts win it today. You would imagine he picks up Jack Reilly Charlestowns main threat.

  38. Moy Davitts and Charlestown should be a good game , both still have chance of securing a quarter final spot and both teams have the most 2 exciting forwards outside the Mayo panel in my opinion Brian Reape and Jack Reilly.

  39. Fionan Duffy and Darren Coen are as good as any forward at shooting in the County, but in terms of Strength and conditioning are they in the shape to survive against a Dublin or Tyrone in Croke Park.Would they be able to chase back and tackle Philly McMahon and Jonny Cooper coming out with the ball.

  40. Reape has seirious potential, think he finished with 8 points, despite being grabbed and pulled all day….you’d have to wonder what is the point of umpires?. Physically well built and pace to match, if he is not starting league games in 2019 then we are going nowhere. Reilly scored a couple of nice points in the first half with the wind (which was quite strong), did’nt do much second half, was exoecting more from him, but maybe just an off day as Davitts were really on top second half. Davitts full back had a great game. Cormac Healy i think is his name, has he ever lined out under age for us??.

  41. Garrymore deserved their win today. Trevor? Nally and G Golden the pick of them. Peter Naughton the best for Knockmore.

  42. Westport beating Claremorris by 2 points in Ballinrobe, but they were probably a lot better than the scoreline finished.Claremorris were very poor , I was expecting a lot more from them. Conor Diskin was there only player that stood out.James McCormack was out injured.
    Westport are improving but can’t see them beating the top 4 of Mitchels , Ballintubber, Breaffy and Garrymore.Oisin McLaughlin was my man of the match and young Paul Lambert was impressive.Lee Keegan didn’t play due to injury.

  43. Was at Garrymore v Knockmore.

    Peter Naughton star man on view with 0-10 , Four from play. Garrymore Midfield had a very strong opening 30 minutes with Golden & Nally impressing. Knockmore were very diasppointing in general, thought they would put in a blood & thunder display.

  44. WJ I had the pleasure of seeing you in Kiltimagh today. There was a real championship feel to the Bohola Moy Davitts v Charlestown game nothing between the 2 teams at half time. But by God in the second half didnt Moy Davitts upped the ante and scored some lovely intelligent points.
    Brian Reape is some footballer as is Anthony Jordan , both men scored some fabulous scores

  45. Was at Claremorris v westport , very dissapointed with Claremorris seem to have only gone backwards from last year . Conor Diskin only player for Claremorris today strong fast can go by men with ease gave a brilliant ball for mcgreals goal and got 1-1 from play I think .. no Keegan either for westport they will be hard beat whoever gets them in a quarter

  46. At Westport/. Claremorris. Entertaining game, Westport very much a work in progress.good movement of ball in forwards, oisin mcloughlin outstanding. Westport defence carved open too easily and concern against tougher opposition, though Keanes experience held them together in second half. Brian McDermott progressing well and made good runs before being substituted.
    Bit disappointed with Brian Gallagher, did the simple things well but needed to show more leadership and drive Claremorris on when they leveled up in second half.
    Let’s see how they both fair when the stakes are raised…

  47. What did you think of the Moy Davitts v Charlestown game Willie Joe.Are Brian Reape and Jack Reilly good enough for inclusion in the Mayo panel next season??

  48. Brian reape has to be included surely. Reilly didn’t really get much of a chance to shine once moy davits took over it became very one sided . I thought the towey fella for Charlestown looked promising , has he featured at underage for county at all?

  49. Just in the door from the Ballina Aghamore game. Finished in a draw, Stephenites avoid the relegation play offs on score difference. Ballina should have won comfortably IMO, threw it away towards the end.

    Thought Mikey Murray was very good in midfield, scored 2 points as well. That’s an area the county team need new blood so hopefully he gets a run next year. Ciaran Treacy was taken off, didn’t really influence the game. Evan Regan also struggled but did set up the Ballina goal with some quick hands. Keith Tigue looked Ballina’s most dangerous forward, as he did in their last game against Ballagh.

    Aghamore were a bit disappointing considering how many of their team have county experience at some level. Alan Freeman got 3 from play. Fergal Boland got on a lot of possession. Sean Og Tigue had a big influence when he came on at half time. Not sure why he didn’t start?

  50. Both of Mikey Murray and Matthew Ruane have been going well.
    Cormac Healy played underage and so has Paul Towey.

  51. @sean burke, Towey played right half back for mayo minors last year and in the forwards for the U17, played for Tubbercurry in schools this year also. I believe they won the connaught league with him one of their main players. Towey, McGoldrick and Mahon are 3 young players to watch for charlestown.

  52. Potential call ups from this weekend but will learn more in coming weeks.
    Brian Reape Moy Davitts
    Peter Naughton Knockmore
    Sharoize Akram Ballaghadareen
    Oisin McLaughlin Westport
    Conor Diskin Claremorris
    Stephen O’Malley Ballintubber
    Mikey Murray Ballina
    Darren Coen Hollymount

  53. @MayoMark, to get out of a group that contained Garrymore, Knockmore, and charlestown you have to give Moy Davits great credit. Not a one man team, reape gets a lot of the plaudits but there is quiet a few tidy players in that team that have played underage for Mayo, Anthony Jordan, Liam Byrne, Darragh Ruane. Three great scores from Jack Reilly today using both feet.

    Have to say when looking at some players that didn’t make a Mayo U20 Squad this year, next year looks bright, with the likes of these players that can come in to replace the overage players

    charlestown Towey Mcgoldrick Mahon
    Ballintubbers Mark Dervan Ciaran Gavin Jamsie Finnerty,
    Ballaghaderren Kuba Callaghan,
    Kiltanes Mikey Conroy Adam Carrabine
    Garrymores Cathal Slattery
    Parkes Aaron McHale
    Castlebars Gavin Durcan
    Mayo Gaels James Jennings
    Davitts Evan Ronane
    Knockmore Keiran King Aidan Orme
    Kilmeena Keith Joyce
    Burrishoole Fintan McManamon
    Westport Eoghan McLaughlin Emmet Rowley Mark Moran

    This to go with the players still underage like
    The Neale Tommy Conroy
    Hollymounts Nathan moran
    Ballinrobe Evan o Brien
    Kilmaine Oisin Mullin
    Louisburgh Joe Dawson Basil McLeod
    Westports Rory Brickenden Pat Lambert
    Claremorris Stephen McGreal
    Balla Cillian Golding
    Mayo Gaels John Gallagher Liam Hughes
    Belmullets Michael Keane
    Lahardane Aaron Murphy

  54. Was at garrymore/Knockmore. Good entertaining game. Garrymore midfield very good. It’s interesting that nally doesn’t take the frees despite all the praise he has got on this blog in the past.

  55. Jimmy Killeen is Garrymores freetaker. Shane Nally sometimes takes ones beyond the 45 as he has a longer boot than Killeen.
    Moy Davitts have Sean Kelly, Mark Regan amd Conor Byrne also played underage. The Keeper Chris McGlynn was underage with Donegal. Quite a strong panel when they’re all fit.

  56. Conor Byrne a forgotten members of the 2013 All Ireland minor winning panel, made a key contribution in that run, scored 3 points in one game I remember, also played on the 2014 team in the full forward line with Reape and TJ Byrne before getting injured, replaced by Fionan Duffy. Hamppered with injuries since, didn’t play at U21 Level and spent some time away from the game. Still only 22 and if he is fit is still one of the best young players in the county, Liam Byrne was also a dual minor in 2014,15 also didn’t represent Mayo at U21. Glad to see these young players back playing football.

  57. Colm Moran Westport was outstanding today, no claremorris back could get near him. With oisin McLaughlin also excellent, Westport will have a say, maybe not this year but very soon. Their tacking is hard , close to the foul all the time and their workrate is very good too.

  58. Seen 3 matches this weekend. Neale Ardnaree. Too easy Ardnaree never turned up. The neale have good options up front. Kiltane just not good enough for Tubber. Some of the Kiltane fans need to wise up. Screaming at their own players as well as the ref. Claremorris whilst not seeming to care ran Port to 2 points. McLaughlin Moran and Lambert were good. Fionn McDon stood out big time but they seemed weak in defence. Claremorris goalie pulled off some great saves.

  59. Attended the Aughamore v Ballina Stephenites clash in Foxford. Impressed by Alan Freeman on the Aughamore side. He is County class and I’d love to see him recalled to the fold. Another player on view who impressed and who knows where the posts are was Ballina’s Keith Tighe. His colleague at No. 9 Mikey Murray, however, stood out and was central to everything that was good about Ballina in this draw.

  60. Was at the Moy Davitts v Charlestown game aand then went on to Ballina v Aughamore. Brian Reape was the outstanding forward I saw today, a nailed on certainty for the 2019 season if he is willing. I sure hope he is. Was Jack Reilly carrying an injury in recent weeks? He was not named to start which leads me to think he was. Charlestown were still in the game, although Moy Davitt’s were that bit sharper all through, when they were robbed of a goal chance by a Davitt’s defender intercepting a pass in a two v one situation. Davitt”s went to town after that and then Aiden Higgins got red just after coming on. That settled it and Davitts were winning as they pleased when I left.
    I was not impressed with either Ciaran Tracey or Evan Regan for Ballina. Their best forward I thought was Leonard in the first half but he faded in the second. It was, I thought a very scrappy, chaotic game not helped by a good deal of hit and miss refereeing. Alan Freeman had a good second half, cutting in from the corner as he often did for Mayo. I always thought that right corner was his best spot but he was rarely played there. Ballina”s no13, Tighe also had a good first half.
    Are the quarterfinal matchups already known or do we have a draw for them?

  61. Great to get peoples reviews on the club games. What ever happened to that young lad James Carr? Andy Moran namechecked him 12 months ago and I’ve not heard a peep since. I heard he was injured alright but that was earlier in the year.

  62. He’s playing ball again but he has allot to learn. Its a pity he missed out on the last few years. What I’ve noticed of him is that when he plays with Ardagh he tries to do everything himself. Would remind ya of Cora for the ladies team. He takes too much out of the ball and he wont get away with that at senior level. He needs a fair bit of coaching before he would be considered a senior player in my opinion. Some man to take a score though and has a great physique, very strong just shoves lads out of his way. He wont be far away.

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