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Last place up for grabs in Intermediate last eight

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Swinford made their way into quarter finals of the Mayo intermediate championship last weekend thanks to a 1-11 to 1-6 win over Davitts in Ballyhaunis. The east Mayo men became the seventh team into the last eight, with one spot left up for grabs in the competition. On Sunday in Bonniconlon Davitts will get their second bite at the cherry when they take on Belmullet in a winner takes all clash at 2pm. The play-off was necessitated by all three sides finishing level on points in their group and one game in the group not being played, and a walk over handed to Belmullet, so points difference couldn’t be taken into consideration.

Mayo minors aim to collect first All Ireland since 1985

Often the best game on All-Ireland final Sunday is the minor contest, rather than the senior joust. Last year was no exception and Mayo and Tyrone played out a real thriller in Croke Park that had to go to a replay before Tyrone just about collected the silverware.

So near, yet so far again

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Mayo look to clear out the orchard

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Twelve months on and Ray Dempsey and his management team and only a handful of their side from last year are back in an All Ireland final and are once again going in as underdogs against the Ulster champions. But that tag won’t faze either the management team or the players who are sent out onto the field in an attempt to claim the ultimate prize in this grade. Over the season the Mayo minors have adapted to many challenges through the Connacht championship and the All Ireland series and any time a question has been asked of them they have found the answer. Starting off against Galway in Sligo as underdogs, Mayo gave a tour de force in the second half blowing Galway off the pitch and sending them into the Connacht final as favourites. A tag that did not rest well on them, and they struggled against a very physical Roscommon side and were lucky to get a second bite at the cherry, but they learned their lesson from that game in Salthill and despite having to go to Hyde Park for the replay, they were able to up their game and change it around enough to see off Roscommon with ease in the end.

All-Ireland finals left me feeling cheated

All-Ireland final day is one of the best days of the year.

We will do it again, because it is what we should do

Another journey soaked in sadness, another All-Ireland final that might have given us some cheer. Several Mayo fans came away from headquarters shaking their heads in despair. I met and saw some of them on Jones Road. I wasn’t one of them. Of course I was sad that we lost, particularly in view of the fact that we had a glorious opportunity to win the match. But the reality is we are well used to the heartbreak that besieges our towns and villages in and around the third Sunday in September. We are now losing finals at a rate that is just not funny any more. Our resolve is being tested to the limit, but we’ve been here before and lived to tell the tale! As the saying goes ‘nobody died’ and we will get up, dust ourselves down and go at it again. Because that is what we should do.

Provincial days of destiny for Mayo champions

There’s no rest of Kiltimagh this weekend, seven days after seeing off Roscommon side Ballinameen by 2-14 to 0-3, the east Mayo men face into the Connacht final this weekend. It’s only a short hop to Charlestown (throw in 2pm) for Kiltimagh on Sunday when they face off against Galway champions An Spideál. The Galway men have been in cracking form this season and Kiltimagh’s easy win over Ballinameen is not the ideal preparation for a Connacht final.

All Ireland finals left me feeling cheated

All-Ireland final day is one of the best days of the year. Well, it should be anyway. Three or four of us either go up Saturday for the Kilmacud Sevens or belt up early on Sunday morning. Last weekend due to family commitments we opted for the Sunday gig and were in Jurys opposite Croke Park well before noon. One of the men we travel with has a terrible fear of being late for games. Especially All-Irelands. He got left behind as a youngster after he missed a plane, and despite huge amounts of counselling, he has never got over it. So there we were. In good form and in good time, all set up for what should have been a most memorable day.

All Ireland finals left me feeling cheated

All-Ireland final day is one of the best days of the year. Well, it should be anyway. Three or four of us either go up Saturday for the Kilmacud Sevens or belt up early on Sunday morning. Last weekend due to family commitments we opted for the Sunday gig and were in Jurys opposite Croke Park well before noon. One of the men we travel with has a terrible fear of being late for games. Especially All-Irelands. He got left behind as a youngster after he missed a plane, and despite huge amounts of counselling, he has never got over it. So there we were. In good form and in good time, all set up for what should have been a most memorable day.

Ardnaree and Kiltimagh look to move up

If you go by tradition alone then Kiltimagh will go into Sunday’s county junior final as hot favourites, but that won’t bother Ardnaree. If you follow that logic then Ardnaree have it all to gain and nothing to loose, but somehow you can’t imagine that they see that they have nothing to lose. The prize of a place in next year’s intermediate championship and the chance to winter the junior crown in their town is something that will make sure both sides leave everything on the field in McHale Park on Sunday.

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