Mayo look to keep up winning start

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

For the second week in a row the Mayo ladies senior footballers will be facing the same opposition as their male counterparts, but unlike the men last weekend the Mayo ladies left Cork with the points in the bag thanks to a seven point win over the All Ireland champions.

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Ted Webb trials for u16 players

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Trials for the Mayo u16 (Ted Webb) divisional teams will take place on Sunday next February 7, Sunday February 14 and Sunday February 21. Players born in 2000 and considered by their clubs to be of potential county standard only should attend.

The trials will be held in the following divisional locations: West Mayo: Breaffy; East Mayo: Kiltimagh; North Mayo: Lacken; South Mayo: Ballinrobe (Secondary school pitch). Trials will commence at 11am players should be in attendance at 10.30am. Please note that players from Parke should attend trials in East Mayo and players from Balla, Ballintubber and Tourmakeady should attend trials in South Mayo.

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Red wave crushes Mayo on Leeside

Sun, Jan 31, 2016

There’s nothing won on the last day of January of note, but Mayo will hope that this will be the worst day they have this year as Cork ran riot on Leeside. Every game is different and Mayo came into it shorn of a number of key men that will surely be big players later on this year, but it still must be taken on its merits as a contest over 70 minutes and in this contest Mayo were so far second best that they game was never a contest from as early as the 20th minute when Cork put themselves three points clear.

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Keegan injury leaves cloud on an already gloomy day for Mayo

Sun, Jan 31, 2016

The long road home from Cork gave Stephen Rochford plenty time to think over what had just happened in his first game on the road in charge of Mayo after he watched his side get beaten out the gate by nine points in their league opener.

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O'Shea back as Mayo head to Cork

Sat, Jan 30, 2016

Aidan O’Shea will play his first football in Mayo colours since last years All Ireland semi-final replay defeat to Dublin when Mayo take on Cork in Páirc Ui Rinn on Sunday. The Breaffy man has been picked at centre-half-forward in Rochford’s first National Football League team.

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Time to get down to business for Mayo

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Mayo get their National Football League campaign under way on Sunday away to Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn, and for new manager Stephen Rochford it is going to the first major test of his side's credentials in the new season. Rochford will be dealing from a slightly rigged deck when he makes his first team selection, with no players from Castlebar Mitchels available to him, or from Hollymout-Carramore and Ardnaree who have booked their places in their respective All Ireland club finals.

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Winter is over and it’s great to have football back

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

With the greatest respect to the pre-season provincial leagues, they are really what they are, challenge matches with large attendances. They are a means to an end, to prepare you for the competitions that matter, the National league and the championship. They are to build up fitness, improve your football skills, and try to unearth a player or two that might make a difference in bigger more important games. Unlike some folk out there, Mayo’s defeat by Roscommon in the final group game in the FBD league does not bother me in the slightest. After all Mayo, like most, were experimenting and playing with a very under strength team. There are two matters that do concern me however; firstly the delay in appointing Stephen Rochford means Mayo are a full month behind the other counties in terms of work done, and secondly the number of players Mayo have out injured for the start of the league.

I know Stephen Rochford wanted to have started work with his management team in November but ended up having his first get together in the middle of December, leaving him behind in terms of his team’s preparations. This will not affect the fitness of the established players who now live their lives like elite athletes, and I know from Tom Parsons (a perfect example) that he never stopped training and pushing himself to make himself a better player, this would be the same for Lee Keegan, Donie Vaughan, Keith Higgins, and all those who have been involved for that last few years, the concern is for the new recruits who would not have experienced the intense training required to play at the elite level. It will not be long until they catch up but they may be found wanting for the earlier rounds of the league.

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Ardnaree take one more step towards the promised land

Sun, Jan 24, 2016

“It’s a long way from the hill in Ardnaree to the hill in Croke Park” said Ardnaree chairman Johnny O’Malley on the field in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday afternoon as the faithful from the hamlet near Ballina soaked in the celebrations. They had just witnessed their side grind out a historic victory over Rockcorry from Monaghan in the All Ireland semi-final and book their place in Croke Park on Saturday fortnight where they will face Templenoe from Kerry in the final.

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Ardnaree are fully focused on the next step

Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Amidst the hugs and backslaps from friends, family and well wishers on the muddied field of battle in Carrick-on-Shannon, the Ardnaree players were enjoying the spoils of their greatest victory to date, but they were firmly looking forward to what lies in wait in two weeks time and one last push on the field, that all things going well will see them go from local hero’s to local legends on the most famous field of them all.

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Honours even at the end of fractious affair

Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Mayo had to come back from two points down at the start of the second half of extra time in the Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence on a wet and miserable hour of football on Saturday to earn a draw in the first ever North West Cup final.

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Coen plays the captains part as Hollymount-Carramore head for Croker

Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Darren Coen played the captain’s part on Sunday in Breffni Park in Cavan scoring eight points as Hollymount-Carramore booked their place in the All Ireland intermediate club final in Croke Park.

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Solan’s u21s look for revenge in final rematch

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Michael Solan's Mayo u21s will face Donegal for the second week in a row, when they take on the Ulster men in the final of the North West Cup tomorrow in the Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence in Scardan. Both sides met last weekend in the third round of the competition in Letterkenny with the hosts scraping home by a single point on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-8 in O'Donnell Park.

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