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An impressive and well coached St James u-21 outfit was too strong for Salthill-Knocknacarra on Sunday in Pearse Stadium in the West Board County u-21 A final.
St Martin’s v The Fenians
Both Breaffy and Ballina will do it again on Saturday evening as both sides battle it out for the last remaining place in this year’s Treanlaur Catering Mayo Senior Football Championship semi-finals. The sides finished level in McHale Park last Saturday evening thanks to a late equalising point from Breaffy wing-forward Matthew Conroy. Ballina looked to have the game theirs for the taking on a couple of occasions in both the first and second halves when they opened out big leads. But Breaffy pulled the Stephenites back in on both occasions to leave the game level at 1-11 to 0-14 at the end. Mayo minor Evan Regan was the main man for the north Mayo side, scoring 1-6 over the hour and caused the Breaffy defence a number of problems. Jim O’Shea and his management team will have been thinking hard all week what is the best way to counteract Regan’s threat tomorrow.
Galway u-21 team captain Colin Forde has not had too much time this week to dwell on Sunday’s wonderful win as he rapidly switched his attention to his third year physiotherapy exams in UCD.
This was a heartbreaking defeat for St James. To lose an All-Ireland final in Croke Park is never easy, but to lose one you could and should have won is devastating. The James lads will know this is one that got away.
Last Sunday in Mallow St James’ footballers did what many Galway teams have failed to do in the past - they got one over their Kerry opponents in an enthralling All-Ireland intermediate semi-final.
Murt Connolly and Mayo got off to a winning start to 2011 with a comfortable win over Galway and Connacht Intermediate club champions Pearses in Ballyheane on Saturday. An early point scoring blitz by Mayo gave the home team a 0-12 to 0-4 half time lead, as the higher athleticism shone through for the county side. Five first-half points apiece from Kenny Feeney (Tooreen) and Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis) afforded both a half-time shower, as Murt Connolly took the opportunity to get to know his panel of players.
Anyone who watched the documentary “Departure Day” last Monday night on RTÉ will be well aware of the vast numbers of young men from GAA backgrounds who are heading away for new life and work opportunities in both Canada and Australia.
All good things come to those who wait. And after last year’s heartbreaking defeat to Leitir Mór in the intermediate final, St James’ players and supporters must have wondered what they had to do to make the step up to senior level.
Moycullen begin their second Superleague season on Sunday with a mouth-watering tie against last year’s league and cup champions, Killester from Dublin, at 3pm in the Kingfisher gym in NUIG.