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3 things we learned from the club weekend


Ger Flanagan

Mitchels mean business
THE three-in-a-row county champions blew Ballina Stephenites away on Saturday evening on the back of a superb second half performance, and even at this very early stage of the year you couldn’t bet against them making it a fourth Moclair Cup in a row.
Ballina badly missed the likes of Padraig O’Hora, Seán Regan and Ciaran Treacy and they faded out of contention when Castlebar really flexed their muscles after half-time.
Mitchels’ joint managers Declan Shaw and ‘Benji’ Smith have bulked up their panel this season too with Seán Conlon and Fergal Durkan both back on board again for 2018.
The return of the former Mayo underage players, along with the arrival of Donie Vaughan (who appeared off the bench last Sunday) suggests that the Mitchels remain the team to beat.

Hanley starts to find form
IT was no surprise to hear that Mayo selector Peter Burke was in Ballaghaderreen last Sunday afternoon to ‘scout’ Cian Hanley as the former Mayo minor captain made his first championship appearance since returning from Australia.
Hanley didn’t get on the scoresheet but, by all accounts, he played well and showed glimpses of why he has been training with Mayo for the last month.

Sometimes we get it wrong…
EVEN us lads at The Mayo News can get our predictions wrong from time to time.
In the senior championship, we incorrectly went for Aghamore to beat Ballagh’ and very few people (us included) predicted that Charlestown would take down Knockmore.
Meanwhile, in the Intermediate championship, Swinford and Lahardane also upset the odds with surprise wins away to Islandeady and Shrule/Glencorrib respectively.
Speaking of odds, we wonder what price ‘Roundy’ Geraghty would have been to hit the crossbar with the last kick of the game when trying to score the winning goal against Lahardane!

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