LAST year’s beaten county finalists, Knockmore, have been installed as the 9/4 favourites to win the Moclair Cup after booking their place in the quarter-finals last weekend.
Stagg Betting in Ballindine have installed Nigel Reape’s side as the team to beat with defending champions Charlestown quoted as the 5/2 second favourites.
Castlebar, who won their group, are next up at 3/1 with John Maughan’s Crossmolina available at 9/2. Ballina (5/1), Shrule/Glencorrib (6/1), Ballintubber (7/1), Breaffy (12/1) and West Mayo (33/1) complete the line-up of teams who are still in contention.
At the other end of the spectrum, Moy Davitts are the 4/6 favourites to be relegated to Intermediate championship football next season.
They will be joined in the relegation play-offs by Kiltane (6/4), Claremorris (2/1) and Ballaghaderreen who are the rank outsiders to go down at 10/1.
MEANWHILE, Ballina Stephenites manager John Healy and midfielder Pat Harte both paid tribute to their colleague Paul McGarry after beating Ballinrobe in the Mayo SFC on Saturday evening writes Rob Murphy.
McGarry lined out for Ballina just hours after the burial took place of his mother, Bridie, in Pullathomas and also captained the team for the must-win encouter in Flanagan Park.
“It meant an awful lot to the team to see Paul walk into the dressing-room because he was very unsure whether he’d play or not,” Healy told The Mayo News. “It was a difficult decision for him to make and, as a mark of respect to his mother, he put in a performance that rolled back the years.”
“Not many people have given as much to Ballina Stephenites as Paul McGarry since 1997,” added Pat Harte. “Today epitomised Paul’s dedication to the club. He attended his mother’s burial at 4pm and then came to play this game so it was only fitting that he was captain for the night. His performance was inspirational.”