ON THE SCORESHEET Castlebar Mitchels’ Donie Newcombe scored two points against Aghamore in the Mayo SFC last weekend. Pic: Michael Donnelly
Mitchels moving well again
THE defending county champions barely hit third gear last Saturday but still emerged from their battle with Aghamore with relative ease.
Twelve of the 2017 County Final winning side started last Saturday, while Donie Vaughan made his first full championship appearance for the Mitchels since his transfer from Ballinrobe.
Declan Shaw’s and Eamonn Smith’s side will only get stronger as the season goes on too, which is bad news for all of their rivals.
Tourists all in good form
MOY Davitts pulled off one of the performances of the round to take a share of the spoils against Knockmore and it was Brian Reape who stole the show with eight points.
The former Mayo minor and Under-21 only returned home from Chicago last week, where he won a county title with McBrides, but showed no signs of jet-lag with his performance.
Also, on that victorious McBride’s side were Ballintubber’s Diarmuid O’Connor and Michael Plunkett, who were equally as influential, scoring late points to help the Abbeysiders take a share of the spoils against Breaffy.
Third round thrillers
AFTER Breaffy and Ballintubber could not be separated in a tactical thriller in Clogher last Saturday, that result leaves the two qualification spots still up for grabs in the final round.
Breaffy are expected to beat Davitts and that would secure their passageway into the knock-out stages.
However, Ballintubber will meet a Kiltane side with big ambitions of leap-frogging them and claiming the second qualification route into the business end.
Confidence will be high in the North Mayo men’s camp that they can pull off an upset after the manner in which they dispatched Davitts last weekend. All eyes will be on Group Four.