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I realise that the focus has shifted back onto off-field matters at inter-county level over the last 24 hours but regardless of what’s happening there (or not) it’s still worth doing a quick summary of the action that took place over the weekend in the Senior and Intermediate club championships.
Starting with the SFC, the conclusion of the second round of group matches has seen the field start to narrow in the race for the Moclair Cup. Five clubs – Castlebar Mitchels, Ballaghaderreen, Garrymore, Westport and Claremorris – are through to the quarter-finals with one round of group matches still to play. Five more – Aghamore, Ballina Stephenites, Hollymount/Carramore, Crossmolina and Davitts – are already out of the running and will be seeking something from the final round to avoid getting dragged into a battle to avoid relegation from the senior ranks for next year.
In Group 1, Castlebar thumped Aghamore by 3-16 to 0-12 on Saturday evening, while Ballaghaderreen squeaked past Ballina yesterday by 2-9 to 1-11. Mitchels and Ballagh’ meet in the final round to decide which of them tops the group, while the Stephenites/Aghamore game is, in effect, a first round relegation avoider clash.
In Group 2, Garrymore’s 2-14 to 0-13 win over Charlestown on Saturday sees the South Mayo club safely through to the knockout stages. Knockmore and Bohola Moy Davitts played out a 1-13 each draw the same evening and that result keeps both of them potentially in the hunt for the second quarter-final spot in the group, though both will be looking for wins in their final group games to keep their hopes alive as well as to avoid ending up in relegation trouble. Moy Davitts face Charlestown in the final round while Knockmore play Garrymore in the other group tie.
The situation in Group 3 mirrors that in Group 1. Westport’s 1-14 to 0-15 win over Hollymount/Carramore and Claremorris’s 2-13 to 0-11 win over Crossmolina sees both victors through to the quarters while the losers are out. Like Group 1, the two table-toppers meet in the final round as do the other two at the bottom.
In Group 4, three clubs are still in the hunt for the two available knockout places while the other, Davitts, are out. Breaffy and Ballintubber played out a 0-13 to 1-10 draw on Saturday evening while earlier in the afternoon Kiltane crushed Davitts by 3-14 to 2-8. If Breaffy (who play Davitts) and Ballintubber, who face Kiltane, both win their final round games then they’re through but the Erris lads can make it to the quarters if they topple Ballintubber.
In the Intermediate championship, Kiltimagh lead the way in Group 1 following their 3-21 to 3-11 win over Mayo Gaels, while Belmullet area point back in second point, having played out a rather extraordinary 4-8 to o-20 draw with Ballyhaunis. Swinford top Group 2 after their 2-12 to 1-13 win over Bonniconlon. The other top teams in that group – Islandeady and Burrishoole – play their second round group match next weekend. In Group 3, The Neale emerged victorious from their local derby meeting with Ballinrobe, that 1-14 to 0-13 win putting them on top of the group. Ardnaree beat Mitchels B by 1-14 to 1-8 in the other game. Finally, in Group 4, it’s Louisburgh who lead the way, as they enjoyed a 1-11 to 1-3 win over Shrule/Glencorrib, while Parke beat Lahardane by 2-10 to 0-9 in the other group tie.
The final round of group matches in both the Senior and Intermediate club championships are scheduled for the weekend after next.
Don’t forget that the first episode of the Mayo News football podcast club series featuring all of the weekend’s championship action will be online tomorrow. It’ll be available to listen to on iTunes and SoundCloud, as well as on the Mayo News website and here on the blog. Stay tuned for that.