Debate on here has been squarely focused on off-field activity of late but the weekend brought a welcome return of some on-field action at club level within the county. Pretty interesting it was too.
Top billing in this respect obviously goes to Ballintubber’s astonishing tanking of Knockmore in yesterday’s senior championship semi-final at MacHale Park. When the North Mayo lads beat the then county champions by five points at the quarter-final stage last year, their cause was undoubtedly helped by Cillian O’Connor’s absence through injury. Yesterday, however, Cillian was back with a bang and his brothers weren’t far behind him too, with all four siblings raising green flags over the course of the hour. Knockmore simply walked into the propeller blades yesterday and a 9-11 to 2-12 final scoreline tells its own story. If you want more on this story, Colm Gannon’s match report in the Mayo Advertiser is here and there’s some video of the goal glut here.
The day’s opening match in McHale Park yesterday also produced a different kind of talking point. This was the horrendous colour clash between defending county champions Castlebar Mitchels and Garrymore, which led to utter confusion both on the pitch and off it during the first half of their senior championship semi-final.
Why such an obvious problem wasn’t sorted out prior to throw-in – indeed, prior to yesterday – isn’t clear but it’s just the latest example of something that the GAA has never taken seriously, even at national level. At least Mitchels had the good sense to switch their jerseys at the break and even though they had to survive a late Garrymore onslaught they also went on to win, by 1-14 to 1-11. Colm’s Gannon’s report on this one is here.
The destination of the Moclair Cup will now be decided on October 19th, and while Castlebar will go into this as defending champions the previous two times the clubs met at this stage resulted in wins for the Tubbermen. They’ll be looking to land a third county title then and their first since 2011 while Mitchels will be eyeing a 29th Moclair Cup success.
Elsewhere over the weekend, Hollymount-Carramore (still managed by Noel Connelly) overcame Belmullet on Saturday by 1-9 to 0-6 in their Intermediate semi-final replay and will now face Ballyhaunis in the decider next Sunday. Also on Saturday, Westport’s senior level sojourn ended and Ballina’s was maintained when the Stephenites prevailed in the relegation play-off at MacHale Park by 2-7 to 0-10. Colm Gannon’s wrap-up of the action in these and other matches played at the weekend is here.