It was semi-final day today at MacHale Park in the county senior football championship where Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy emerged as clear winners in their respective ties to set up a novel Moclair Cup decider in two weeks time. Breaffy recorded an emphatic 1-15 to 1-6 win over Charlestown in the day’s first semi-final while the Mitchels’ goal-getting abilities proved decisive in their 3-7 to 0-9 victory over Knockmore. Colm Gannon’s report for the Mayo Advertiser on the day’s action is here and a report on the two semi-finals in The Score is here.
Castlebar are, of course, no strangers to county final day – their most recent appearances on decider day were in 2010 and 2011 when on both occasions they lost out to Ballintubber – but you have to go back as far as 1993 for their last title win. They’ll be chasing a 28th Moclair Cup victory in a fortnight’s time.
Breaffy, in contrast, have never made it this far before and they’ve had to survive much of their sixty years of existence in the shadow of their illustrious neighbours – when the club was founded in 1953 Castlebar were winning their 16th senior club title – so this should add a bit of piquancy to proceedings on the 27th. So too, no doubt, will the close geographical proximity between the clubs not to mention the unusual sibling rivalry it’ll involve, with the two O’Reilly brothers – Eoghan for Castlebar and Tommy for Breaffy – lining out on opposing sides.
In the last of today’s MacHale Park triple-header, meanwhile, Cill Chomain captured the county junior crown when they recorded a decisive 2-12 to 1-7 victory over Ardnaree Sarsfields. I don’t have a link for a match report on this one but here’s a photo of Cill Chomain’s captain David Coyle lifting the cup:
Over in Ballyhaunis, the county senior hurling final took place this afternoon where the home team were chasing their sixth county title in a row against perennial rivals Tooreen. In a result that might perhaps augur well for Breaffy in two weeks time, this particular town vs. country clash ended in a clear win for the country lads, with a 3-6 barrage from Kenny Feeney – the three goals coming in a six-minute spell in the first half – contributing handsomely to a 4-10 to 1-6 win for Tooreen. A brief match report in the Irish Times (I know, it wouldn’t be my first port of call for such a report either) is here.
While today’s victory brings their county title haul to twenty-seven, this one was Tooreen’s first since 2003 and with the ‘Haunis having won eight of their nine titles in the meantime it was, surely, past time for them to put some manners on the townies.