Club Championships start tomorrow

After the shadow-boxing of the last few weeks the serious football action at club level within the county gets going tomorrow. There are first round matches on this weekend in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior football Championships.

Here’s the list of Round 1 matches in the SFC:

Here are the Round 1 games in the IFC:

Here’s the list of Round 1 matches in the JFC:

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions these games are all-ticket affairs. If you don’t have a ticket but would like to catch some live action over the weekend then you might be interested in watching one or more of the games that are being streamed on Mayo GAA TV.

Tomorrow evening the SFC Group 4 game between Castlebar Mitchels and Charlestown Sarsfields (throw-in 5pm) and the Group 2 clash between Ballintubber and Aghamore (7pm) will be streamed live. Tickets to watch this double-header cost just €7 and you can buy them here.

On Sunday the match being streamed by Mayo GAA TV is the Group 4 clash between Breaffy and Westport. Tickets for this one costs €5 and are available to buy here.

There are a few bits of reading that should be of interest to you ahead of the action getting going this weekend.

First, Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser has a preview piece covering all the Round 1 fixtures in the SFC – that’s here. Colm also has a feature in the same paper on Ballina Stephenites – here.

The focus is on Breaffy in the Mayo News, with Mike Finnerty pondering if this could be the year that they finally make the big breakthrough – that’s here. Also in the Mayo News, Ger Flanagan – a man with plenty of first-hand experience of club football within the county – has a preview of the Junior Championship. That’s here.

40 thoughts on “Club Championships start tomorrow

  1. Enjoying the Castlebar/Charlestown match from the couch on Mayo GAA TV. Coming up to the second water break and Mitchels lead 1-9 to 1-7. Atrocious evening in the west not helping matters but it’s a good competitive game. Paul Towey putting in an eye-catching performance for the home team.

  2. Mitchels won in the end by 1-13 to 1-9, their greater experience proving decisive. Paddy and James Durcan made telling contributions for them in the second half.

  3. Dunno, Cod – I have it in my head that I’d read somewhere he’d limped off in one of those Michael Walsh games but I couldn’t be sure on that.

  4. Was at the Charlestown Mitchels game. Very good game given the terrible conditions. Pitch in Charlestown very impressive given all the rain it took.

    Castlebar’s experience was the difference. Much more composed on the ball and would hold on to it for ages waiting for the right chance. Paddy Durcan was my man of the watch, didn’t put a foot wrong and was a constant threat throughout.

    First time watching Towey for a full match. Liked what I saw. Love the way he just runs at his man and goes for goal. Has a bit of swagger that Mayo haven’t had in a corner forward since the Mort. Good to be at a match again!

  5. Thanks WJ. Hopefully nothing serious. If my memory serves me right, he missed the league with injury as well.

    Great result for Aughamore.

  6. Results courtesy mid west
    Connacht Gold Mayo SFC

    Group 1

    The Neale 1-09 Garrymore 0-11

    Ballaghaderreen 3-11 Belmullet 2-04

    Group 2

    Davitts 0-09 Bohola Moy Davitts 0-09

    Ballintubber 0-07 Aghamore 1-04

    Group 4

    Castlebar Mitchels 1-12 Charlestown Sarsfields 1-09

    Egan Jewellers Mayo IFC

    Group 3

    Balla 2-08 Islandeady 0-11

    Group 4

    Ballinrobe 0-16 Lahardane 0-09

    Crossmolina 0-10 Ballyhaunis 0-08

    TF Royal Theatre Mayo JFC

    Group 1

    Ardagh 2-15 Kilmovee Shamrocks 0-07

    Group 2

    Kilmenna 2-18 Killala 2-08

    Ballycroy 2-17 Lacken 1-03

  7. Was watching the Belmullet Ballagh game on Erris Fm Belmullet were very poor in the second half especially. Lobbing hail Mary’s into no one in particular. On the other hand Ballagh were lively and the evergreen Andy Moran put in a good shift as did Seamus Cuniffe well taken goal by Kuba as well

  8. Keith Higgins went off in the first half for Ballyhaunis tonight with what looked like a hamstring injury.

  9. Akram was playing , played grand .

    Got to watch some of all the games that were streamed , I found them disappointing if I’m honest . Nothing new about the Mayo senior championship, hopefully Westport bring something lively today . Tubber and Castlebar bore me to tears , typical aul bogged down systematic play , no sparkle no dazzle . Same routine for a while now .

    Ryan o donoghue was carrying an injury into the game and was supposedly wearing a protective boot during the week , was taken off last night . Perhaps he shouldn’t of played .He really is a magnificent footballer . Hope we can get the best out of him in the years ahead for Mayo .

  10. Early days and conditions were desperate, but I I agree, Castlebar and ballintubber are old guard and can saunter around the pitch for much of match without much constructive play. Glad to see Aughamore were able to punish that kind of complacency last night.
    Today’s match should be different. Two hungry clubs with ambitions and potential future stars

  11. For those interested in catching live action online today, as well as the Breaffy/Westport match on Mayo GAA TV the Ballina/Kiltane game is being streamed live by the Stephenites on their Facebook page at 4pm. Louisburgh will have live audio commentary of their IFC match against Bonniconlon (1pm) and Burrishoole have said they’ll provide live updates from their game with Castlebar B (also 1pm). Kiltimagh are also hoping to stream their 6pm IFC clash with Swinford on Facebook.

    If anyone has any other news on matches being streamed live today (audio or with video as well) then feel free to post details here.

  12. Sean Cbar and tge Tubber maý be boring but between over the last few years they have won most of the county titles.
    Its up to other teams to step up and run at these teams.
    . I wasnt at the match but did Charlestown concede too many frees in the first half in scoring positions ..

  13. Oh yeah totally agree and I’m not criticising per se just in the context of watching neutrally, obviously it’s exciting fast skill you want to watch Corofin type stuff ( high bar I know)

  14. The one thing I have noticed about the club championship this weekend is how low the scores are is there a shift in the style of football being played in mayo

  15. Kevin Keane, wearing 14, has 1-2 on the board for Westport after just 16 minutes! Looks like he took a knock in scoring the goal, hopefully he’s okay.

  16. Really good contest this , Westport doing well , their forward play is a joy to watch at times , lovely foot passing . Aido looks a danger the other end , t he could get the better of Keegan before the days out . Enjoyable stuff , Fionn Mcdonagh very good .

  17. Killian Kilkelly (son of Brian) has just buried a penalty for Westport, who now lead 2-7 to 0-8 with just 2 minutes gone in the second half.

  18. Westport 2-11 to 0-11 up at the second water break. Fionn McDonagh just butchered a good goal chance, it would have been curtains for Breaffy had that gone in. On this showing, Westport are an impressive unit.

  19. Was at knockmore game, claremorris good in first half but collapsed in second half the red card didn’t help, Knockmore or Westport my underdog bet for county title. Conor diskin and Aidan orme kicked 6 or 7 points each for their teams some great shooting

  20. Westport hang on to win by one, 2-11 to 0-16. Tommy O’Reilly, excellent from frees all day, missed one in injury time to force a draw. Huge result for Westport.

  21. Lovely afternoon’s viewing there. Both teams looked positive and tried to let the ball in. Westport did well to get a foothold in midfield after a dicey start. McDonough looked great most of the time, but a couple of poor misses as well. Brickenden good as well. Breaffy-Castlebar huge next weekend now.

  22. Ballina 3-11 Kiltane 1-5, some good flashes of play from the Stephenites but sloppy at times and finished the game with 13 men due to a couple of double yellow sending offs at the start of the second half and 10 mins from the end. Will need to be more consistent the next day away to Claremorris.
    Good to see Mike Murray and Ciaran Treacy back on the pitch in the second half.

  23. I recommend those who didn’t see it to spend the 5 euro to watch Breaffy Westport. Quality football all round.
    I think Mark Moran has the making of a county player. He did mean that pass into Kevin Keane to setup the goal. Later on he had a beautiful pass to setup a point. Second half he had a monster point from the wing. He’s built like a gymnast with great pace and balance.
    Any side not quite there for pace will get blown away by Westport.

  24. The win for Westport will be a great confidence booster and we can expect a sharper performance next week.
    They are not obsessed with slow build up with numerous crossield passes but instead prefer to shift the ball with pace. Refreshing and if they can sharpen up in front of goal they are a match for anyone.
    Kevin Keane a great warrior, his experience invaluable. Onwards and upwards
    Agree with previous poster re Moran, he’s getting there. Should be able to play Keegan in more positive role v Charlestown, maybe third midfielder

  25. Totally agree JP, the Westport v Breaffy match was very enjoyable with plenty of good football.

    James Horan was at the game….Mark Moran definitely the pick of the non-county men in Breaffy today..

  26. I felt Westport made a mistake in leaving so long to get the two big men Shane Scott and Brian McDermott on the field. Breaffy had taken over midfield and the two lads would have brought a big lift in physical presence around the middle.

  27. Some players to impress the weekend
    Fionn McDonagh Westport
    Mark Moran Westport
    Oisin McLoughlin Westport
    Aidan Orme Knockmore
    Peter Naughton Knockmore
    Conor Diskin Claremorris
    Paul Towey Charlestown

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