MAKING HIS POINT Westport manager James Horan is pictured with Martin Conway. Pic: Conor McKeown
THE glamour game in last night’s (Monday’s) draw for the quarter-finals of the Mayo Senior Football Championship has paired James Horan’s Westport against Breaffy.
It will be the toughest test yet for the 2017 All-Ireland Intermediate club champions as they face the 2015 beaten finalists, who were beaten at the quarter-final stage last year.
Meanwhile, defending champions Castlebar Mitchels will face Claremorris, Garrymore will take on Ballaghaderreen while last year’s beaten county finalists Ballintubber face last year’s Intermediate champions, Bohola Moy Davitts.
The draw for the semi-finals has paired Westport/Breaffy versus Garrymore/Ballagh; and Castlebar Mitchels/Claremorris versus Ballintubber/Moy Davitts.
In the relegation play-offs, Knockmore and Crossmolina go head to head in a mouth-watering North Mayo derby while Aghamore will take on Davitts.
The winners of those games will be playing senior championship football in 2019 while the losers must meet in a relegation play-off final.
MEANWHILE, in the Mayo Intermediate championship, Kiltimagh (who have lost the last two County Intermediate Finals) meet Louisburgh in a repeat of the 2017 semi-final. Elsewhere, Burrishoole face Ballinrobe, Belmullet take on Swinford, and The Neale meet Parke.
In the semi-finals, it will be Kiltimagh/Louisburgh v Belmullet/Swinford; and Ballinrobe/Burrishoole v The Neale/Parke.
In the fight for survival, Bonniconlon and Castlebar Mitchels B face off in one relegation play-off while Shrule/Glencorrib take on Mayo Gaels in an all South Mayo clash.
All eight quarter-finals in both the Mayo Senior and Intermediate championships will take place on the weekend of September 22/23.