Mayo look to get off to winning ways

Fri, Feb 12, 2016

The Mayo senior hurlers get their league season underway on Sunday, when they host Donegal in Elverys MacHale Park at 2pm. Mayo will be hoping to use the league as a learning curve as they have much bigger things on their mind come summertime.

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Dubs hold Mayo and rain storm at bay

Sun, Feb 07, 2016

Mayo showed the kind of fight and heart that will have given their supporters plenty of cause for optimism going into the rest of the league campaign which will return at the tail end of the month. However, despite that fight and heart Mayo are still pointless after their first two rounds of action in the league and now face into two tough road trips to Ulster on the bounce before the final swing of three games at the tail end of Spring.

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St Mary's end Hollymount-Carramore adventure

Sat, Feb 06, 2016

The great Hollmount-Carramore All Ireland adventure came to an end in Croke Park on Saturday night, where the south Mayo men came up just short against an impressive St Mary’s, Cahersiveen side in the All Ireland final.

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Ardnaree fall short on All Ireland day

Sat, Feb 06, 2016

It just wasn’t to be for Ardnaree in Croke Park on Sunday, the Mayo champions had blitzed their way through the club championship in Mayo and on into Connacht, but on the day they just came up against a better team, despite their best efforts.

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Mayo look to avoid capital punishment on Saturday

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

It was not the start to the National Football League that new Mayo manager Stephen Rochford would have hoped for last weekend, but Rochford was honest in his views on what went wrong last Sunday. Speaking to the Mayo Advertiser this week Rochford said: "Obviously the scoreline tells a story of being second best, having reviewed the video, you know the second quarter of the game, I would be very disappointed with because 15 or so minutes we were level and Cork went into a period where they couldn't miss and in that time we missed three or maybe four of what we'd call softer or easier chances, and if we had capitalised on those chances we could have really been within touching distance of four points at half time which would have left us in a more sprightly manner for the second half. But the way things materialise if you don't take your chances in this division, you're going to be punished and we met a Cork team that hit a lot of very sweet scores."

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School is back in session

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

If Stephen Rochford had any notion that the Mayo manager’s job was going to be a bed of roses and that the press and public would be forgiving for the settling in period then he was met with a rude awakening in Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork, last Sunday. On top of Mayo’s lethargic and very under par performance, three more players were added to the enormous injury/unavailable list, and serious question marks were asked about the Mayo medical team’s decision to leave Lee Keegan on the field after a head collision with Cork power house Eoghan Cadogan.

It really was a nightmare first round national league debut for the new manager and one which left him a forlorn figure after the final whistle. Let’s deal with the last matter first. I am glad the county board and medical team have put their hands up and admitted they made an error with Keegan. Lee Keegan is a warrior, you will probably find that half of the blood in his body is green, he epitomises all that is good about Mayo football, a quiet unassuming man off the pitch, a tiger on it. Keegan was captaining Mayo for the first time last Sunday and truly did not want to look like he was throwing in the towel despite being worse for wear. He fought with the medics to stay on the field, he did not want to succumb to Cork and as a result he was left on the field. It was only some minutes later we realised he was in trouble when we quite literally watched him wobble off. The most important points here are firstly that he will make a full recovery, secondly that the necessary parties admitted their mistake, and thirdly that a lesson will be learned and it will not happen again. Despite the negative publicity and comments after the game we have to realise we have one of the best if not the best medical team in intercounty football.

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Coen ready to answer the captain’s call

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Tomorrow evening in Croke Park, if all things go to plan, Darren Coen will be standing half-way up the Hogan Stand looking out on the field of the greatest victory of his club's history. Does he have a speech written ready for that moment? No, Coen will be shooting from the hip like he has on the field this season and in his speeches after wins in Mayo and Connacht. "No I won't think about that, I got a bit of slagging about my speeches already this year, they might have been a bit off the cuff, but look I won't change the routine, whatever comes out will come out, and hopefully I'll get the chance to go up the steps and relish it, and it'll be a dream come true, but it's all about winning at the end of the day as a team," he told the Mayo Advertiser last week.

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Hollymount-Carramore look to become local heros

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

One man who will have surely appreciated Hollymount-Carramore captain Darren Coen's sideline effort that he floated over the bar in their All Ireland semi-final win a fortnight ago is the man who is charged with plotting Coen's downfall in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon, Kerry legend Maurice Fitzgearld is in charge of the St Mary's from Cahirciveen and they stand in the way of Hollymount-Carramore's attempt to make history.

The man in charge of the Mayo boys looking to take down the hotly fancied Kerry outfit is Tom Connelly, and he has guided his charges on an adventure they will never forget through Mayo and Connacht glory so far. This time last year Hollymount-Carramore were picking up the pieces after coming up just short in the Mayo final the previous autumn, but they regrouped and came back stronger this year and aided in their championship preparations by playing in the top division of league football in Mayo.

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McCormack is ready to lead the march on Croke Park

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

On Sunday afternoon one of the greats of Ardnaree's past Fr Peter Quinn will be laid to rest in St Patrick's cemetery in Kilglass. The current crop of Ardnaree players will be hoping that by the time Fr Quinn, who won All Ireland medals with Mayo in 1950 and 51, is laid to rest they will have followed in his footsteps and walked the staircase in Croke Park and become All Ireland champions.

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Ardnaree aiming to make history

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

It has been a long journey for Ardnaree over the past 12 months, from the banks of the Moy to the banks of the Royal Canal, which will end tomorrow afternoon. The north Mayo men will go looking to create a little bit of history and become the first Mayo side to claim the All Ireland junior club title.

Standing in their way are Kerry and Munster champions Templenoe and they promise to pose a serious test to Declan O'Dea's outfit. For one day only, it will be the Mayo side who will be playing in green and gold against Kerry opposition in Croke Park, and the Ardnaree faithful will be looking to captain Eoin McCormack, old stagers Noeilie Beattie and Shane Timlin, among others to drive them towards success.

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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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