It was a case of contrasting fortunes for the two Mayo clubs in All-Ireland final action this afternoon, with the camogie players of Na Brídeoga ending the day on a high while the footballers of CL MacHale Rovers were left to nurse a heartbreaking one-point loss after extra-time.
I’ve very little information to share, I’m afraid, about today’s All-Ireland Junior B camogie final. The match was played at Athleague – what a happy hunting ground that has become for East Mayo clubs of late – and Na Brídeoga emerged victors over Denn of Cavan on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-9. They led at half-time by 0-5 to 0-2.
I was in the west myself this weekend and the blue and white flags were fluttering widely throughout the parish this afternoon as I set off back in the direction of the capital. This afternoon’s great result, added to Tooreen’s ongoing exploits, will mean those flags will be up for a good while longer. More power to them.
Over at Ballinasloe, meanwhile, the other side of appearing in an All-Ireland final was there to be seen. MacHale Rovers battled toe-to-toe all afternoon against Cork’s Donoughmore in today’s LGFA All-Ireland Junior football final, in a contest that went to extra-time.
Eventually, spurred on by the legendary Rena Buckley, it was the Cork team that edged to victory at Duggan Park by the minimum margin, on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-11.
While today’s defeat for the Mayo girls was surely an agonising one, they can take great pride both from their performance in today’s decider – where All-Star Rachel Kearns put in a towering display – and from their achievements over the course of the year. Once the pain of today’s narrow defeat dulls, the satisfaction they’ll feel about the superb run they’ve had in 2019 will grow ever stronger.