TWO Mayo clubs go in search of a place in All-Ireland Finals next Sunday as Tourmakeady and Killala chase respective Intermediate and Junior Championship glory.
Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan plays host to the All-Ireland Intermediate semi-final as Tourmakeady take on the Ulster champions. Their identity was not known at the time of writing as the Ulster Final between Ballymacnab and Coleraine ended in a draw last Saturday. The replay takes place tonight (Wednesday) in Omagh with the winners earning a date with the Gaeltacht side only days later.
Pat Burke’s team will be aiming to make history and his squad has been boosted by the return of both Kevin Dolan (broken collar-bone) and Colm Conneely (leg injury) for Sunday’s game. However, Pat Heneghan will not be in contention for a starting place after breaking his leg in a league game before Christmas.
Meanwhile, Killala also have their date with destiny on Sunday as they take on Greencastle of Tyrone and Ulster in the All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final at Markievicz Park in Sligo.
Declan O’Dea’s team stormed through Connacht before knocking out the British champions, Fulham Irish, in the quarter-final. They also received a significant boost last Thursday when their experienced and influential midfielder, Noel Ryan, was cleared to line out next weekend.
Ryan was red-carded during Killala’s five point win over Fulham but had the card reduced to a yellow after video evidence was produced in front of a twelve person appeals committee at Croke Park.
Ryan, Dominic Herbert (Killala Chairman and selector) and Ronan Clarke (team captain) were all in attendance at the hearing, and the decision is a timely fillip to Killala’s chances.
ELSEWHERE, Garrymore are expected to announce Johnny Monaghan as the new manager of their senior football team tomorrow night.
The Mayo News understands that a club meeting will formally ratify Monaghan (a selector last year with Danny Dolan) as the new man in charge with Michael Coleman and Declan Hession expected to join him in the management team.
Other senior clubs, Claremorris and Breaffy have still not filled their managerial vacancies while Moy Davitts have appointed a four-man committee to oversee the senior team’s preparations ahead of the coming season.