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Galway end minors summer in style

Sat, Jul 04, 2015

The summer ends here: Mayo minor manager Enda Gilvarry saw his team knocked out of the the championship by Galway on Saturday night. Photo: Sportsfile

There was 17 points between these sides at the end and it could have been 27 if Galway had kept up the pace they showed in the first half in the second period. They went in leading by 11 points at the break and had their place in the Connacht final already secured before the final 30 minutes of the contest.

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No room for minor errors tomorrow evening

Fri, Jul 03, 2015

Noting minor about this: Barry Duffy and his Mayo team-mates are in knock-out championship action tomorrow evening. Photo: Sportsfile

Last Sunday in Croke Park, Kildare booked their place in the final of the Leinster minor championship with a swashbuckling win over Dublin. This was despite the fact the Lillywhites had already been beaten in the championship by Louth back in April. However in Connacht there are no second chances for teams, until the final where both sides are guaranteed a place in the All Ireland quarter-final.

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Elite eight now known in senior and intermediate grades

Fri, Jul 03, 2015

Doing it the hard way: Mikie Sweeney and his Kiltane side survived a late scare to make it to the last eight of the senior championship. Photo: Sportsfile.

The contenders and pretenders have been sorted out in both the Mayo senior and intermediate championship after last weekend's third round of action in the group stages of both competition.

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Kiltane edge through in day of drama

Sun, Jun 28, 2015

Josh Roynane looks to find a team-mate in his sides draw with Ballyhaunis on Sunday.

After this weekends final round of action in the group stages of the Mayo GAA Senior Football Championship we now know the eight sides who’ll be contesting the knock-out stages. Breaffy, Castlebar Mitchels, Ballintubber and Kiltane all won their groups and Knockmore, Ballina Stephenites, Aghamore and Garrymore joined them after finishing in second place in their respective groups.

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Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho it's off to the Hyde we go

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Hyde we go: Mayo will face Sligo in Connacht Senior Football Championship final in Hyde Park. Photo:Sportsfile

There was plenty of shock on Wednesday evening when it was announced by the Connacht GAA Council that Hyde Park in Roscommon would be the venue for this year's Connacht Senior Football Championship final between Mayo and Sligo. All indications up to that point were that the game would be played in either Castlebar's Elverys MacHale Park or Galway's Pearse Stadium.

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Roscommon did not see that one coming

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

There had not been one shock so far in the first round of the All-Ireland football championship, a few landslide victories that we did not see coming, but no underdog eliminating any overwhelming favourite from their provincial championship. That all changed last Saturday evening in Markevicz Park in Sligo where the home side completely outplayed and outfought a Roscommon side that seemed to believe all their own hype.

I would imagine it was mentioned in the pre-match team talk. I listened to Roscommon manager John Evans on 2fm’s Game On the Monday after they defeated Down in the division two league final declaring his team will be competing against Dublin and Kerry in the near future in All-Ireland finals. Not a mention of Mayo or any team in their province, Sligo were not even on his radar, he wanted to catch a whale, he should have started with a mackerel. I cringed listening to Evans declaring how brilliant his team were, some will call his ideals open and honest, it was more like stupid to me. You are setting yourself up for one giant humiliation and that is certainly what occurred in Sligo.

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Five spots in last eight still up for grabs in senior championship

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Holding on: Davitts will hope that Michael Conroy can help fire them to safety on Sunday, when they take on Ballyhaunis. Photo: Sportsfile.

As the last weekend of action in the group stages of both the senior and intermediate championships gets ready to throw in for action this weekend, there are still an awful lot of things to sort out. The only certain things are that Castlebar Mitchels, Knockmore and Breaffy will be in the last eight of the competition when it recommences later this summer, leaving five more places still up for grabs from three of the groups.

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Days of destiny for a number of clubs

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Group One

Knockmore v Breaffy

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Sligo underdogs ambush Roscommon

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

A fellow attendee was telling me last Saturday afternoon, at a wedding in the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway, that Niall Carew's Sligo team were available at 7/1 in some bookies. He looked me in the eye and asked, "What do you think, Silke? Are they worth a punt?" I told him that they were astonishing odds, however, that on all known recent form, including two successive promotions, Roscommon would be expected to win. However he should check out the handicap, as I didn't think there would be that much between them.

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New cup competitions kick-off this weekend

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

The Mayo League has mixed things up this year with new structure for the main cup competition, rather than a straight knock-out competition with every team in the league in the one competition, it has divided it into three separate cup competitions with the top 16 sides in last year's league standings in the Connacht Gold Super Cup, the next 16 in the Premier Cup, and the last eight sides in last year's standings competing for the Challenge Cup.

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Manulla keep things interesting at the top

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Manulla were back giant killing again at the weekend when they defeated Ballina Town in a pulsating contest. With it delicately poised at the break at 1-1 Manulla kicked for home in the second period. Aidan O’Hora was on target for Ballina Town while Gary Durkan and Enda McGahon bagged the crucial goals for Tom Healy’s men. Westport Utd put their harrowing defeat to Ballyglass behind them from last weekend with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Charlestown Athletic. Goals from Pat Fitzgerald, Joe Lawless, and veteran Vinny O’Malley were enough for John Brennan’s men.

Ballyheane picked up three vital points on Saturday night when they defeated Iorrais Aontaithe away from home, thanks to goals from the returning Terry Maughan and Damien Walsh. It keeps them in touch of league leaders Ballina Town and Ballyglass. Castlebar Celtic were pushed all the way in a cracking match against struggling Conn Rangers who have yet to get off the mark this season. They needed to delve into their well of experience in a 4-3 win as both Paul Moran and Colm Nevin bagged braces. Shane Maughan, John Judge and Brian Hughes were on target for the north Mayo men.

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Mayo move past Galway challenge

Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Come here to me: Aidan O'Shea's jersey is tested for strength by Johnny Duane in last Sunday's game. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo made it five wins in a row in Salthill last Sunday against Galway in the first real test of the Holmes and Connelly era with a bit to spare. While the gap was only four points at full time whistle in reality, Mayo always had the Tribesmen fended off apart from a brief period at the tail end of the first-half that culminated with Gary Sice's thunderbolt of a goal.

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