The prospect of an all West Mayo or an all North Mayo Senior County final remains a possibility after last night’s (Monday) semi-final draw at McHale Park.
Defending champions Ballintubber have been drawn against Ballina Stephenites, the team that they defeated by 0-9 to 1-5 at the quarter-final en route to their first ever Moclair Cup last year while last year’s losing finalists, Castlebar Mitchels, will once again face the team they defeated in last year’s penultimate round, Knockmore.
It keeps alive the possibility of a repeat of last year’s all West Mayo final between Ballintubber and Mitchels but also leaves open a potential clash between two of the most successful clubs of the modern era, Knockmore and Ballina.
Knockmore will play Castlebar at 4.30pm on Saturday, October 1 in McHale Park with Ballintubber playing Ballina in the same venue at 3.30pm the following day.
In the Intermediate championship the two favourites with the bookies, Davitts and Burrishoole have been kept apart. The Newport men will face Ballyhaunis at 3pm on Saturday, October 1 with Davitts due to play Parke the following day at 2pm. Both games are in McHale Park.
In the Junior A Championship there are two intriguing games. There will be an all North Mayo clash in Crossmolina when Lahardane take on Ardnaree at 3pm on Sunday, September 25. At the same time last year’s beaten finalists Islandeady will face The Neale in McHale Park.
The first ever County Junior B championship is down to the last four stage as well. Claremorris B will face Garrymore B on Friday, September 23 at 8pm under lights in Ballinrobe while Parke B will take on Ballaghaderreen B at 1.30pm on Sunday, September 25 in McHale Park.
Meanwhile the draws for the Under 21 A championships quarter and semi-finals were also made last night. This Sunday will see Breaffy take on Ballintubber in Westport at 12 noon with Aghamore facing Swinford in Kiltimagh at the same time. The other two games will be played in a double header under lights in McHale Park on Friday, September 23. Knockmore will face Castlebar Mitchels - a prelude to their senior semi-final - at 7.15pm while Ballina Stephenites will face Hollymount-Carramore at 8.30pm.
The semi-final draw will see the winners of Breaffy v Ballintubber face the winners of the Knockmore v Castlebar game with the winners of the Aghamore v Swinford game facing the winners of the Ballina v Hollymount-Carramore game.