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The Mayo ladies senior football team will make the trip to Blackhill on Sunday to take on Monaghan in a top of the table clash against the ladies from the Farney county. Both sides are locked on nine points from their four games so far thanks to three wins from their four games, also on nine points in the table at the moment are defending All Ireland champions Cork.
"The great thing about the league is that you can get and take lessons from the league and it’s not as disappointing as the championship as you haven’t three or four months to think about it and go over it. We’ve a game in three of four weeks to rectify it, which is great,” said Donal Vaughan on Monday evening this week, as he reflected on the previous day’s loss to Tyrone. Vaughan was speaking at the launch of the Sports Injuries and Sports Medicine Clinics (SISM Clinic), seminar on “How to improve your teams’ speed, performance and reduce injuries” which will take place on Thursday February 19 in the SISM Clinic in Moneen Industrial Estate in Castlebar at 7.30pm. Guest speakers on the night will include Vaughan, former Mayo manager James Horan, and broadcaster Timmy McCarthy.
The unfamiliar surrounds of Rathcline GAA Club in Cloneboney, Lanesborough, is the next stop of the road for Niall Heffernan’s Mayo u21s this Saturday in the semi-final of the Hastings Cup. Standing in the way of Mayo and a place in the final against either Galway or Leitrim is another Connacht side in the shape of Roscommon.
There’s been plenty of novel match ups in the history of the GAA, but this Sunday’s meeting of Achill and Oileain Arainn (Aran Islands) in the Connacht Club Junior Football Championship Final is probably one that will not be topped for a long while to come. Having two islands meet on the mainland for the title of being the best junior club in Connacht is going to be one of those games that will be talked about for many years to come. Of course if they wanted to be finicky the Galway outfit could probably claim to being the only true island team, with part of the parish of Achill stretching on to the main land and the Michael Davitt bridge joining it to the rest of the country. But enough of that geography talk, it is the football that really matters on Sunday.
Come Sunday evening shortly after 5pm, they’ll be building bonfires on the way into Hollymount and Carramore or Ballyhaunis to celebrate either the amalgamation from south Mayo or the east Mayo men returning home with the Mayo intermediate title in their arms and a return to senior football.
Mayo manager James Horan, summed up the feelings of everyone about the location of next Saturday’s All Ireland semi-final replay on Sunday evening after Mayo’s draw with Kerry.
Mayo manager James Horan heads into Sunday’s clash against Kerry with a full deck to pick from after his squad came through training since their All Ireland quarter-final victory over Cork three weeks ago.
Mayo manager James Horan was in jubilant mood after seeing his team pick up their fourth Connacht title in a row and with it the Ballintubber man still has to taste defeat in the provincial championship since he took charge of the Mayo senior team. “I'm delighted and very proud. Very proud of the achievement as are all the players. Regardless of anything else winning four in a row winning four on the trot beating every team on every occasion is something we are extremely proud of and we're delighted with the victory today” he said after the game.
With plenty of time still to go before Sunday’s showdown with the Tribesmen, James Horan along with Keith Higgins and one of the new guns in his panel, last year’s minor captain Stephen Coen were in relaxed mood, when they sat down to meet the press. However Horan picked the two players to accompany him on press duties is something only the manager knows, but in choosing both Higgins and Coen he was flanked by the last two Mayo players to captain the county to All Ireland glory. Higgins in 2006 with the u21 team, and Coen last September in Croke Park with the minors.
What happens when you put two Mayo men and two Galway men who've all been there and done it all before in a Connacht final together in a room and let them thrash out the big issues ahead of this Sunday's meeting between Mayo and Galway? Well to find out just click play below on the www.advertiser.ie's first ever vodcast ahead of this Sunday’s Connacht Senior Football Final between Mayo and Galway in MacHale Park on Sunday.