Four going for glory in junior showdowns

GAA: Mayo GAA JFC Semi Finals

Looking to make the break: Matthew Flanagan and his Balla teammates are looking to make it back to the Mayo Junior Final this weekend. Photo: Sportsfile.

Looking to make the break: Matthew Flanagan and his Balla teammates are looking to make it back to the Mayo Junior Final this weekend. Photo: Sportsfile.

This Sunday will see the four hopefuls left in the Mayo GAA Junior Football Championship battling it out for a spot in the final.

Both games will throw in at the same time at either end of the county with Kilmeena and Achill facing off in an all West Mayo clash in Castlebar at 3.30pm, while at the same time in Ballina - Balla will take on Killala in James Stephens Park.

When Kilmeena and Achill met in the league earlier this season, the islanders just about had the edge over their hosts with a 2-10 to 1-12 win and Eugene Doran will be quite happy with a similar result this time around for his side.

Achill finished in second place in their group, before dispatching a fancied Kilmaine side 2-9 to 0-9 in the last eight, while their opponents topped their group with three wins from three before seeing off Knockmore B in style with a 4-18 to 0-9 win.

The second semi-final pits a Balla side, who have been knocking at the door for the past number of years, to claim this title and make the step up to intermediate football against Killala.

Balla are plying their trade in division two in the league, while they might be sitting in ninth place in the table - they have been getting games against top quality opposition all year. They topped their group with three wins from three and saw off a solid Cill Chomain side by six points in the quarter finals to reach this stage.

The north Mayo team will come into this game as underdogs - playing their league football two divisions below their opponents in division four. In the group stages of the championship they finished in second place behind Kilmaine and saw off Kilmovee in the last round by a single point.

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