Moffett reigns in Mayo

Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Josh Moffett and Jason McKenna took victory on Sunday at Round Six of the 2015 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forestry Championship, Mayo and District Motorsport Club’s Crockets on the Quay Mayo Mini-Stages Forest Rally.

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Southern shootout to light up Sunday evening

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

This one should be special, just as in the junior final that precedes it, the local rivalry between both sides will add something special to Sunday's intermediate final. Hollymount-Carramore and The Neale have crossed swords plenty of times down through the years, but never with this much at stake.

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Very little between north Mayo rivals in junior decider

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The All Ireland minor championship sponsors have been using the tagline "this is major" as part of their promotion of that grade in recent years and it could quite easily be applied to what is going to happen on Sunday when Ardnaree and Killala meet at 3pm in the Mayo junior final. This all north Mayo battle promises to be an encounter that will be one for the ages. Ardanree have been knocking at the door in the junior championship so hard over the past number of years there is no paint left on it at this stage, but they have just failed to make grade each time, losing finals in 2009, 2011, and 2012. You also have to go back as far as 1971 to find the last time they claimed the title.

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Westport United move one step closer to the title

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Westport United maintained their four point cushion at the weekend thanks to a facile 7-1 away win over relegated Straide and Foxford Utd. Both Mark McNally and Jamie Fallon bagged braces along with efforts from Pat Fitzgerald and Dave Cameron and an unfortunate own goal. It was plain sailing for the Covies throughout who had built up a comfortable 5-0 interval advantage.

Ballina Town meanwhile kept up the pressure on John Brennan’s troops when they scraped a 4-2 win over Ballyglass on Saturday night. With two games left and both sides to lock horns on the final weekend it keeps things interesting at the top of the tree. Jamie Cawley nudged Ballina Town ahead on seven minutes thanks to a cracking goal, however Ballyglass responded in glorious fashion as JP O’Gorman fired home after John Walsh’s effort had crashed off the crossbar. Dylan McKee who terrorised the Ballyglass defence all evening pushed Michael McNicholas’ side clear after Brendan Lavelle squared the ball inside. On the stroke of half-time Niall Leahy prodded home at the near post and it was becoming all too easy for Ballina. Ballyglass soon got to work and fashioned a brilliant goal as JP O’Gorman added his second of the night. However Ballina found a new gear in the closing period and put the game to bed as substitute Darragh Quinn flashed home a beauty on 83 minutes.

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Let the games begin - Connacht’s fixture marathon opens with visit of Zebre

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The 16-game marathon begins for Connacht this evening when they host Zebre at the Galway Sportsground (7.30pm). This unprecedented lengthy succession of games, owing to the World Cup, will test Connacht's squad to the limit. It is a hefty schedule of 10 Pro 12 fixtures, that include the Christmas and New Year interprovincials, and six European matches, including the trip to Siberia to face Enisei and back-to-back games with Newcastle. It comes to a brief respite at the end of January.

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Valvoline Forestry Championship Spreads to Mayo Forests!

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

This Sunday sees the sixth round of the 2015 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forestry Championship, the Mayo and District Motorsport Club’s- Mayo Mini Stages- Forest Rally, based in beautiful Ballina.

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MacHale and McGee hold their bottle in Cork

Fri, Oct 09, 2015

In a busy weekend for Mayo and District Motorsport Club members the highlight was down south at the Cork 20 International Rally. Aaron MacHale and Paul McGee were crowned the 2015 Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Group N Champions with a 10th place finish overall, giving them the necessary points to take the crown.

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Players turn out in force for meeting with executive

Thu, Oct 01, 2015

As the fog descended on Castlebar tonight (Thursday, October 1), a large contingent of this years Mayo senior squad arrived at the ground to meet with top officials from the county board. It had been expected that a small delegation from the panel would be at the meeting, but the turn out of the vast majority of the panel was not expected.

The meeting didn't last that long and the players left without making any comment on the the situation that has taken over the county in the past few days, since news of the no confidence motion passed by the players in the current management leaked into the local media on Tuesday morning.

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Gone in 25 minutes

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Another chapter for Mayo’s House of Pain secured itself after the football team's 2015 adventure came to an abrupt end at the hands of Dublin in the semi final last weekend. In a few years' time people will look back at the result and the score line will suggest that Dublin were comfortable winners but the margins were very tight in this game. A stroke of luck for Dublin and, in my opinion, a poor refereeing decision put paid to any chance Mayo had of reaching the All-Ireland final and for another crack at Kerry.

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The end of the latest adventure

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

It might not have had the drama and frustration of how things ended last year in Limerick, but at the end of the day the result was the same and Mayo were bound for home on Sunday evening, with plenty of questions and plenty of regrets in the boot. In the past 12 months, Mayo have played in four All Ireland semi-finals (including replays both years) and not got over the line and back to the All Ireland final. Plenty time will be spent over the winter months picking over where it went wrong again and what could have been done. At the end of the day, the better team won. Dublin should have killed us off the first day when they were seven points up, but they made no mistake last Sunday when we were unable to hold onto a four point lead with the game entering the final straight.

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The present is all that matters for Ardnaree

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

"If your feet are in the past, you haven't a leg to stand on in the present," said Ardnaree manager Declan O'Dea this week, when speaking to the Mayo Advertiser about his side's upcoming junior championship semi-final against fellow north Mayo men Ardagh. O'Dea is back in charge of Ardnaree this year after a few years' sabbatical from the post. Ardnaree haven't won the junior championship since 1971 and bringing the Pete McDonnell Cup back to home is something that has gone on too long for all those concerned. Ardnaree have lost three finals in recent times going down in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 deciders, and they're back this year for another crack at glory.

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GAA: Mayo GAA JFC Semi Final

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Achill v Killala

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