It was three wins out of four for teams from the county who were involved in club Championship action over the weekend. The Neale and Kilmaine both had big wins yesterday, while MacHale Rovers qualified for the LGFA Junior final today. Ballintubber lost out to Corofin this afternoon but they went down fighting.
Let’s start, for a change, with the ladies.
I only realised that MacHale Rovers were playing today when I saw the score updates starting to come in this afternoon. They were in action against Edendork from Tyrone in the All-Ireland club JFC semi-final and they came away from the Tyrone venue with a handsome 4-12 to 1-13 win.
Rachel Kearns, who weighed in with 1-9, was the main scorer for the Mayo team while Sinead Walsh contributed 2-1 to the eight-point win. MacHale Rovers now go forward to the All-Ireland JFC decider against Cork’s Donoughmore. Match report on today’s game is here.
Onto the lads.
Yesterday was a good one for South Mayo clubs. At Markievicz Park The Neale were much too strong for Sligo club Geevagh in the Connacht IFC semi-final. Three goals early in the second half saw The Neale power past their Sligo opponents to win by 4-13 to 1-11. They now play Oughterard of Galway in the Connacht final.
At MacHale Park, meanwhile, Kilmaine had a facile win yesterday over Roscommon’s Ballinameen in the Connacht JFC semi-final. Kilmaine won out by 3-20 to 0-6 to qualify for next Saturday’s provincial decider where they’ll meet St. Michael’s of Sligo.
And so to the weekend’s main event.
Ballintubber squared off at Tuam Stadium today against Galway and All-Ireland champions Corofin. It proved to be a close-fought encounter, in which Corofin led by a point at the break and then went on to stretch that lead to six before Ballintubber cut the gap back to a single point. The champions had the final say, however, to emerge from the contest with a two-point win, on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-11.
Here are video highlights of today’s game.