Tooreen ease to victory in championship opener

GAA: Mayo Hurling Championships

Action from the meeting of Ballina Stephenites and Moytura in the Mayo GAA Junior B Hurling Championship last weekend. Photo: Ballina Stephenites.

Action from the meeting of Ballina Stephenites and Moytura in the Mayo GAA Junior B Hurling Championship last weekend. Photo: Ballina Stephenites.

Tooreen eased to victory in the opening round of the Mayo Senior Hurling Championship with a comprehensive win over Castlebar Mitchels last Friday night.

The Blue Devils hit 5-22 against their hosts who registered just six points in the game to run out 31 point winners in the opening group game of the competition.

The defending champions also did so without the likes of key men Fergal Boland, Michael Morley and David Kenny, who were absent from their ranks for the game.

Shane Boland picked up from where he left off with the Mayo hurlers and finished the game with 2-5, while Eoin Delaney also got two goals in a personal tally of 2-1 with David Harrison getting 1-1 for Ray Larkin's side, who just had too much for the county town men, who saw Ryan Butler top score for them with three points over the hour.

Castlebar will look to pick up the pieces this weekend when they travel to take on Ballyhaunis on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm, while Tooreen will have a number off weeks off before their second game against the aforementioned Ballyhaunis in the middle of next month.

There was also action in the Mayo Junior and Junior B Hurling Championships last weekend. In the Junior Championship, Ballina Stephenites welcomed a reformed Moytura side to James Stephens Park.

Ballina only put an adult team back into competition for the first time in a number of years last year and this was their guests from south Mayo's first championship game since reforming this year. The win went to the hosts who ran out winners at the end of a tight game on a score of 3-8 to 0-15 in north Mayo.

Tooreen B made the trip to St Patrick's Park to take on Westport who have dropped down from the senior ranks this year and the hosts edged another close game, winning out 2-12 to 0-14 on home soil.

In the Junior B Championship Claremorris played their first game as an adult hurling club on the road against Caiseal Gaels in Charlestown and the South Mayo men sealed a famous win, seeing off their hosts 2-9 to 1-6 to get their championship up and running.

 

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