Last eight in senior and intermediate championships decided

Sun, Jul 20, 2014

The final round of group games in the Mayo GAA senior and intermediate championships took centre stage over the weekend, with action across the county on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. The eight sides to make the senior quarter-finals are Castlebar Mitchels, Ballintubber, Garrymore, Knockmore, Ballaghaderreen, Breaffy and Aghamore. The four sides who finished bottom of their groups and go into the relegation play-offs are Crossmolina Deel Rovers, Kiltane, Westport and Ballina Stephenites.

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Battle of the ‘Towns’ in Tuohy Cup final

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

It’s a battle of the Towns in Milebush Park on Sunday, when Newport Town face off against Ballyhaunis Town in the Tuohy Cup final at 3pm. The men from Ballyhaunis Town will go into the game as favourites, as they sit 14 points clear of Newport Town in the Welcome Inn Premier B table. Ballyhaunis Town are right in the title hunt only three points off first placed Kiltimagh/Knock United, and two points behind Glenhest Rovers in second place. Newport Town are currently sitting third from the bottom in the league table with only three wins from their 11 league games so far this season, but they are still six points clear of the relegation zone. When these sides met in the league a few weeks ago, Ballyhaunis Town ran out 5-2 winners in Ballyhaunis and also saw off Newport Town 1-0 in the second round of league games.

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Mayo far superior to Galway — but can they win Sam?

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

On the Mayo Advertiser vodcast last week - all four pundits went very strongly for a Mayo win in the Connacht final. John Casey of this parish even pushed his prediction out to a six point win for James Horan's men. Hence there was no real surprise last Sunday when Mayo proved once again that they are by far the best team in this province.

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Make mine a double

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Mayo achieved the double/double in Elverys MacHale Park last Sunday with our minors and seniors winning the Connacht championship for the second year in a row. I could only imagine it was a bit surreal for Diarmuid O’Connor who only 12 months ago was on that minor team, and now finds himself togging with the seniors and winning his first senior medal while some of his old team mates collected their second in the minor grade.

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Boyle and O’Connor are ready for the next step

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Mayo's teak tough centre-back Colm Boyle laid down an early marker in Sunday's contest with a almighty hit on Galway's Damien Comer in the first half. The Davitts’ man was happy to get the win and told the Mayo Advertiser after the game there was still lots for his side to improve on ahead of the All Ireland quarter-final “It was a strange game, we started fairly well, got into the game, and Lee's goal settled us a small bit. But we maybe dropped the tempo and Galway missed a few opportunities at the start of the second half. We were a bit dead and they came out well in the second half.”

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Connacht Rugby head to Ballinrobe for training and the races

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

The Connacht Rugby senior squad heads to Mayo next Tuesday for a pre-season training session at Ballinrobe RFC.

The squad will train on the club’s redeveloped pitch at 2pm, followed by a session at 3pm with youngsters from the club. Both sessions are open to the public to attend, while there will be photo opportunities with the players.

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Last chance to make the elite eight

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Kiltane’s Mikie Sweeney will be a key man in his side’s bid to avoid the relegation play-offs this weekend. Photo: Sportsfile.

A hectic weekend of action is in store in the Mayo GAA Senior Football championship, with four of the quarter-finalists already known, the final four spots are still up for grabs over Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

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Fahy kick off fight for survival

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

By the time this paper hits the shelf on Friday morning, Westport United will have had the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Elverys Sports Super League to 17 points after they faced Moy Villa in Attymass last night. The day that they are confirmed as champions looks to be edging ever closer. Last weekend in the Super League Fahy Rovers picked up their second win in the league with a surprise 2-1 win over Ballina Town in Moneen. That win by the side who are bottom in the table all but killed off any slim chance that Ballina had of catching Westport United in the top. Fahy left it late, when Tommy Gill struck twice in the final few minutes of the game, the first four minutes from time and the second three minutes into injury time.

That win put Fahy Rovers within a point of second bottom Iorras Aontaithe, but with the men from Carnenash having two games in hand, it will still be a struggle for Fahy to try to overtake the north Mayo men and try to catch one of the sides outside the relegation zone. On Sunday they will make the short trip in to Celtic Park to take on Castlebar Celtic, while Iorras Aontaithe will be away to Ballyheane. Iorras were also in action last night against Castlebar Celtic, and a win there could have pulled them within three points of Moy Villa, while a Celtic win would have put them a point clear of second placed Ballina Town and still have two games in hand on the defending champions.

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Boyle and O'Connor are looking forward to the next step

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

Hard hitting: Colm Boyle laid down a marker in the early stages of the Connacht Final yesterday with a big hit. Photo:Sportsfile

Mayo's teak tough centre-back Colm Boyle laid down an early marker in Sunday's contest with a almighty hit on Galway's Damien Comer in the first half. The Davitts man was happy to get the win and told the Mayo Advertiser after the game there is still lots for his side to improve on ahead of the All Ireland quarter-final.  “It was a strange game, we started fairly well got into the game and Lee's goal settled us a small bit. But we maybe dropped the tempo and Galway missed a few opportunities at the start of the second half. We were a bit dead and they came out well in the second half.”

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Mayo dig in to retain minor title

Sun, Jul 13, 2014

Kicking captain: Cian Hanley led the Mayo minors to victory in Sunday's Connacht MFC Final. Photo:Sportsfile.

Mayo found the extra gear that they needed when the tide looked to have turned against them in the Connacht Minor Football Championship final in MacHale Park on Sunday. With 13 minutes left on the clock, Roscommon had put themselves into a one point lead and looked like they were about to turn for home. But this Mayo side who showed they have plenty of bottle when needed against Galway in their semi-final win, upped the ante again and sprinted past Roscommon over the closing stages.

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Four in a row for Horan's Mayo

Sun, Jul 13, 2014

Captain Fantastic: Andy Moran lifts the Nestor Cup in MacHale Park. Photo:Sportsfile

Galway came to town and they huffed and and puffed but in the end they were no match for a Mayo team that went about dismantling their southern neighbors with relative ease in the end with man of the match Cillian O'Connor kicking eight points and having his hand in two of Mayo's goals that booked their passage to the All Ireland quarter-final on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Mayo were smarter in almost every area of the field and ran out deserving seven point winners with Aidan O'Shea dominating the game from his centre half forward berth for long periods of the contest. Even when Galway looked like they could get themselves back into the contest the rub of the green wasn't with them as Shane Walsh who kicked seven points for the Tribesmen saw his effort for a goal come crashing back off the bar just after the restart.

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