No room for error for a number of sides this weekend

GAA: Mayo Intermediate Football Championship Round Two

Still going strong: Neil Lydon was in good form for Mitchels B team last weekend. Photo: Sportsfile

Still going strong: Neil Lydon was in good form for Mitchels B team last weekend. Photo: Sportsfile

There were a few surprises last weekend, and this weekend could see a few more in the intermediate championship.

In round one Bonniconlon are sitting pretty at the top following their two point win over Louisbugh last weekend. On Saturday they will make the short trip to Swinford, who themselves took a point on the road against Kiltimagh. David Walsh hit six points for the north Mayo men last weekend, with Cillian Upton also putting in a good showing. Liam Moran was the main man for Swinford, kicking four points for them, and he will be needed to show that kind of form again. The meeting of Lousibugh and Kiltimagh on the sea-side is a big one for both; Kilitmagh will have been frustrated to be held by Swinford but a lot of it was down to their own doing - while it's win or bust for Louisburgh.

Castlebar Mitchels B pulled off the surprise win last weekend beating Burrishoole at home. They lost a handful of players who had been selected to play earlier in the week when they were called upon by the senior team the night before, but the likes of Neil Lydon and Eamon Tiernan drove them on. They make the trip to Mayo Gaels this weekend - the south Mayo men had a good five point win on the road in Ardnaree last weekend, and Gerry Canavan was in top form and he'll need to be again this weekend. Burrishoole have to pick up the pieces after losing last weekend when they host Ardnaree, Damien Loftus' men should have more than enough for Ardnaree on Sunday afternoon.

In group three the two winners from last weekend will come face to face in 'The Saucer' on Sunday. Hollymount-Carramore had four points to spare on the road in Parke last weekend. Darren Coen (0-8 ) and Conor Heneghan (0-4 ) did the scoring damage for Gary Mullins' side. Balla had three points to spare over Islandeady thanks to two goals from Conor Walsh. The west Mayo men will head south confident of taking a scalp, and it could be one of the games of the weekend. The other game in the group sees Islandeady and Parke meet in Islandeady and it's a must-win game for both sides, whoever comes out of this one with the win will head into the final round of games with everything to play for.

Lahardane will make the short journey to Crossmolina for a local derby on Sunday in group four. The Deal Rovers had two points to spare over Ballyhaunis on the road last weekend with veteran attacker Brian Benson kicking four of their 10 points to see them over the line. Lahardane got burnt off by Ballinrobe in the second half last weekend and will be up against it against Enda Lavelle's men. Ballinrobe will be full of confidence after their seven point win on the road last time out and will be looking to book a last eight spot when Ballyhaunis come calling on Saturday. The east Mayo men were there or thereabouts for most of that game against Crossmolina, and will hope they can take down a Ballinrobe side that will have a pep in their step

Mayo GAA IFC Round Two fixtures

Group One: Swinford v Bonniconlon, Saturday, August 8 at 5pm; Louisburgh v Kiltimagh, Saturday, August 8 at 5pm.

Group Two: Mayo Gaels v Castlebar Mitchels B, Saturday, August 8 at 7pm; Burrishoole v Ardnaree, Sunday, August 9 at 2pm.

Group Three: Islandeady v Parke, Sunday, August 9 at 1pm; Holly'-Carra' v Balla, Sunday, August 9 at 4pm.

Group Four: Ballinrobe v Ballyhaunis, Saturday, August 8 at 5pm; Crossmolina v Lahardane, Sunday, August 9 at 3pm.

 

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