Early season top of the table clashes

The third round of the Breaffy House Senior Football League will take place across the top divisions of the league this weekend. At the top of division 1a after two rounds, Ballina Stephenites, Davitts, and Breaffy are all locked at the top with the maximum four points each after the two opening games. One of Breaffy or Ballina will lose their 100 per cent record this weekend when the sides meet in James Stephens Park on Sunday at 3.30pm. Last weekend Breaffy made it two from two against their neighbours with a come from behind win against Ballintubber at home. Tommy O’Reilly’s goal with a minute left in normal time was the critical score bringing his side back into the game, with fellow sub Liam Irwin levelling the game shortly after, before Alan Durcan won the game with a late, late free. The other talking point in the game was the return to action of Alan Dillon who came on as first half sub for Ballintubber and he will continue his return to full fitness this weekend against Charlestown.

Meanwhile Breaffy’s opponents Ballina Stephenites saw off Ballinrobe by a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-9 in Flanagan Park thanks to two first half goals from Evan Regan and Eanna Casey, putting them into a seven point lead at the turnaround that the hosts were never able to really pull back. Ballina grabbed their third goal through Sean Regan who has been making a name for himself with the Mayo hurlers this spring in the league. Evan Regan was the main man on the day for Ballina, grabbing 1-5 over the hour for Ballina, and his fellow county panellist Alan Murphy kicked 0-7 for Ballinrobe. The south Mayo men who are under the guidance of Ray Connelly this year will be looking to pick up their first win in the league this Sunday when they travel to Ballaghaderreen to take on last years senior county champions. The Ballagh boys were made to work last Sunday by Tourmakeady to come out on the rightside of 2-12 to 2-9 scoreline, Gavin Conway and Barry Solan were the main men for Ballagh’s kicking 1-6 and 1-4 for them respectively. Tourmakeady got off to a good start in both halves, but Ballaghaderreen came back strong in the tail end of both halves and a second half spree where they hit 1-5 without reply was key to seeing them over the line. Tourmakeady scored their goals through Kevin Dolan (who hit 1-4 over the hour ) and Brian Naughton, this Sunday the Gaeltacht men will host Knockmore in their west Mayo heartland.

Injury concerns for Mayo following last round

Last Sunday Knockmore went home from Fr Gibbons Park with two points in the bag thanks to a 0-13 to 1-7 win over Claremorris. Knockmore had a fine spread of scorers over their team with seven different men getting on the score sheet, with Kevin McLoughlin and Colm Donnellan leading the charge chipping in with three points each over the hour. Claremorris were dealt a serious blow when Mayo panellist Brian Gallagher was forced out of the contest with an ankle injury and they will be hoping he is not out of action for too long. This Sunday Claremorris will go to Crossmolina where Michael Moyles’ team are looking for their first win of the season after going down in their second game last weekend against Davitts in Ballindine on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10. The main talking point coming out of that contest was the injury received by Mayo’s Michael Conroy during the game, the Davitts corner forward had kicked five points before he was forced from the game, which was still second to Josh Roynane on the scoreboard who hit 1-5 over the hour. Pet Warren’s men will make the trip to the county town on Sunday for what has the potential to be a cracking game against Castlebar Mitchels. Pat Holmes’s side picked up their first win in the league last Sunday against Charlestown thanks to three goals in almost as many minutes setting up a 10 point win. Neil Douglas bagged two goals with Donal Newcombe the other, the defender scoring 1-1 overall and Douglas hitting 2-2 of their side’s 3-7 total. Charlestown will be making the trip to Ray Prendergast Memorial Park for another difficult encounter against another west Mayo side in the shape of Ballintubber on Sunday afternoon.

In division 1b the table is neatly split in three groups of four after two rounds, Kiltane, Moy Davitts, Aghamore, and Garrymore are each sitting on two wins, with a foursome of Hollymount-Carramore, Kilmaine, Westport, and Burrishoole all with a single win each and Kiltimagh, Shrule-Glenncorrib, Ballyhaunis, and Bonniconlon all looking for their first win in the league. It is a similar sort of situation in division 1c with Cill Chomain, Belmullet, Islandeady, and The Neale each having two wins. Louisburgh have a win and a draw under their belt, while both Ardnaree and Lahardane have one win each, and Swinford have one point to their name. At the foot of the table, Park KC, Mayo Gaels, Crossmolina Deel Rovers B, and Kilmovee Shamrocks are currently winless.

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