Big weekend of intermediate action

GAA: Mayo GAA IFC Quarter Finals

Key man: Jason Doherty will be a key man for Burrishoole if they are going to make the last four of the intermediate championship. Photo: Sportsfile

Key man: Jason Doherty will be a key man for Burrishoole if they are going to make the last four of the intermediate championship. Photo: Sportsfile

Westport v Belmullet

Saturday, September 19

In James Stephens Park at 5.30pm

Westport made the drop down to this grade last year and are going all guns blazing to get back up at the first time of asking. Last weekend they put the hurt on senior outfit Charlestown in the league as they ramped up preparations for this clash. Belmullett took Hollymount-Carramore to a replay last year in the semi-final, are back for another bite under new manager Nigel Reape and will fancy their chances of making it back to the last four this time around. With the likes of Lee Keegan and Kevin Keane in Westport's ranks and Chris Barrett lining out for Belmullet, there will be plenty of big leaders on the field, but the Covies should swing it.

Verdict: Westport

 

Moy Davitts v Kiltimagh

Saturday, September 19

In O'Hara Park at 5.30pm

The closeness in terms of distance between these two east Mayo sides is sure to add a certain spice to tomorrow night's encounter in Charlestown. Moy Davitts topped a group that saw themselves, Belmullet, and Kilmaine all finish level on points by virtue of scoring difference. They did well to shake off a first round loss to Kilmaine to go on to top the group and have a handy batch of young players coming through. Kiltimagh booked their place in the last eight thanks to wins over Castlebar B and Bonniconlon before they lost their last group game to Westport. They've also only won two league games from seven and that patchy form could catch them out tomorrow evening.

Verdict: Moy Davitts

 

Hollymount-Carramore v Parke

Saturday, September 19

In MacHale Park at 4.30pm

The south Mayo men have been the surprise package of the senior league, sitting in second place in the top division at present and last weekend they warmed up for this game with a big win over fellow south Mayo side and senior quarter-finalists Garrymore. Last year the amalgamation reached the final where they came up short against Ballyhaunis and they're itching to right that wrong this year. Parke for their part haven't been setting the world on fire by any means in the league and sit fourth from bottom in the third tier. But they are a tough outfit to crack come champioship and Frank McHale will have had them concentrating on this one for a while now. But when it comes to the crunch Hollymount-Carramore look to have too much class for the west Mayo cats. 

Verdict: Hollymount-Carramore

 

The Neale v Burrishoole

Saturday, September 19

In MacHale Park at 6pm

The men from McGovern Park have already used up a fierce big slice of championship luck in making it this far, despite only winning one of their three group games. A points difference of just +1 was enough for them to sneak past Swinford in the table despite losing to Tourmakeady in their last round game. They've had some pretty good league form all the same and last weekend they one point to spare over senior outfit Ballaghaderren, so the confidence will be good coming into this one. The Neale, on the other hand, sit top of the league division below their opponents and they won three out of three in the group stages of the competition. The south Mayo men have acquitted themselves well since coming up a few years ago, and taking the scalp of Burrishoole is a distinct possibility tomorrow evening.

Verdict: The Neale

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