The club championships have now moved onto the provincial stage and the first shots were fired today in this year’s Connacht club senior football championship. Two quarter-final ties were played this afternoon.
From a Mayo perspective the focus today was on newly-crowned Moclair Cup winners Ballintubber who faced Sligo champions Tourlestrane at Quigibar, near Enniscrone. The Abbeysiders are renowned for keeping their matches tight and cagey but they outdid themselves in this respect this afternoon, as they emerged from the seaside venue with an 0-6 to 0-5 win.
Total football this clearly wasn’t, with Ballintubber prevailing thanks to five converted frees by Cillian O’Connor plus a solitary point from play from kid brother Diarmuid. The Tubber lads led by three points to one at half-time and added a further three points after the break to edge out Eamonn O’Hara’s charges by the minimum margin. Match report from RTÉ is here.
Ballintubber’s win sees them through to the semi-finals where they’ll face Leitrim champions Aughawillan. That tie will be played this day week at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon.
In the day’s other provincial quarter-final, Roscommon champions Clann na nGael had a bit of a scare against Tír Chonnail Gaels of London. The Rossie lads won in the end at Hyde Park by 1-15 to 1-10, helped by a haul of nine points from Donie Shine, but the Exiles pushed them hard and they led by a point with twenty minutes to go. Match report from RTÉ on that one is here.
Clann na nGael’s reward is a semi-final date with Galway champions Corofin, who won their sixth county title in a row today, as they finally got the better of Mountbellew/Moylough in the Galway SFC final replay. That one finished 1-8 to 0-5 at Pearse Stadium and RTÉ’s report on it is here.
The other result of interest from a Mayo point of view this weekend came in ladies football yesterday where Carnacon’s quest for back-to-back All-Ireland titles came unstuck at the Connacht final stage. They lost yesterday’s provincial decider to Galway champions Kilkerrin-Clonberne on a scoreline of 3-4 to 1-8. Hard luck to them.