Last weekend’s opening round of action in the senior and intermediate club championship gave the Mayo management team a chance run their eye over a number of players who were coming back from injuries. Midfielder Ronan McGarrity came through Ballina’s defeat to Shrule-Glencorrib unscathed, but it may be too soon for the influential player to make the starting 15. Seamus O’Shea, who is another option for the middle of the park, also put in a full shift for Breaffy in their win over Ballinrobe alongside his brother Aidan who lined out in midfield in a recent challenge game against Donegal. Keith Higgins also got back on the road to recovery after his recent hamstring injury when he started for Ballyhaunis, while Neil Douglas and Enda Varley also came through their games for Castlebar Mitchels and Garrymore
There was some concern last weekend when both Dermot Geraghty and Trevor Howley had to go off for their club sides, but Mayo manager James Horan told the Mayo Advertiser this week, “There were a few minor injuries picked up by a few lads, but they should be OK for next week.”
Horan also said that the response from the players since the shock of being brought to extra time by London has been excellent. “The London game was a massive shock for a number of players, but since then there has been a massive response from the players in training. We had a number of lads back in training on Wednesday and we’ll have the back again tonight for training.”
Junior championship throws in on Sunday
While the senior and intermediate championships got under way last weekend, this Sunday it is the turn of the junior clubs and teams to get in on the action. Sunday will see a hectic day of action across the county in both the Junior A and Junior B championship. Last year’s beaten finalists, Islandeady, will open their account at home to Kilmovee on Sunday at 2pm in group three of the competition. Other sides who will have their eyes on claiming the title include the likes of The Neale who host Balla, Louisburgh who are at home to Ballycroy, and Ardnaree who open their account against Kilfian on their own patch .
U14 ladies in final replay
The Mayo ladies u14 side will take on Waterford in a replay of the All Ireland u14B shield final in Birr on Saturday at 2pm. Last weekend both sides played out a 2-8 to 2-8 draw in the final.