FLEW IN Anthony Jordan
Jordan jets in for Moy Davitts
WITH the sands of the Arabian Desert still clinging to his football boots, the arrival of Anthony Jordan back from the Emirates to line out for Moy Davitts in the Mayo SFC relegation play-off final against Hollymount/Carramore made its own statement ahead of throw-in at Claremorris on Sunday.
Moy Davitts’ early stampede out of the blocks was inspired by Noel Regan, Brian Reape, Anthony Jordan, Daragh Ruane and Brian Heneghan with strong displays throughout by Seán Mulroy (who lines out for Castlebar in the Mayo senior hurling final next Sunday), Oisín Quinn, Mark Regan, John Gilmore and Conor Byrne.
Frannie Conroy, Stephen Coen and Louis Macken were to the fore in the Holly-Carra defence with Padraig Feerick at midfield coming more into the game on the restart.
Conor Keane worked exceptionally hard in the Holly-Carra attack, along with Robbie Molloy and with Kevin Feerick, Darren Coen and Damien Kelly coming to the fore in the second half.
This was a disappointing end to 2019 for Hollymount-Carramore with somewhat unsure times ahead. - Michael Commins
Dates for the diaries
THE County Senior and Intermediate Football Finals have been fixed for Saturday week next, October 19, at MacHale Park, Castlebar.
The Intermediate decider between The Neale and Ballyhaunis will be played at 5pm, followed by the clash of Ballintubber and Ballaghaderreen in the senior final at 7pm.
The ‘Tubber and Ballagh’ match will be a repeat of the 2012 final which was won by the East Mayo lads, and the likes of Andy Moran, Peter Kelly, the Drake brothers, and Barry Regan will be among those bidding to win their third senior championship medal.
A whole host of Ballintubber lads are aiming to win their fifth medal at this grade, including Alan Dillon, captain Damien Coleman, Brendan wWalsh, Alan Plunkett, three of the O’Connor brothers (Diarmuid is the odd man out!) and Jason Gibbons. - Mike Finnerty
Extra-time impacts on two teams
SCHEDULING the throw-in for Saturday evening’s Mayo SFC semi-final between Ballintubber and Ballina Stephenites for 90 minutes after the Intermediate game between Louisburgh and The Neale started at MacHale Park backfired badly.
No allowance had been made in the event of extra-time being needed in the Intermediate semi-final but because there was, Ballintubber and Ballina were left waiting around for an extra 40 minutes before their game got under way.
This would have impacted on their preparations and warm-ups considerably, and was far from ideal preparation for the biggest game of their season so far.
We’re not quite sure why the Mayo GAA’s CCC had the two games scheduled to run so close together, but it really should not have happened. - Ger Flanagan