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Ballintubber now favourites again

Peter Ford
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‘Tubber now favourites

Mike Finnerty

COUNTY champions Ballintubber are now the raging hot favourites to win their third Mayo SFC title in a row following their twelve-point victory over Claremorris last weekend.
Stagg Betting in Ballindine, who had originally priced up Castlebar as their number one choice at the start of the competition, have now installed the holders as the 11/10 favourites to retain the Moclair Cup.
Peter Ford’s side topped their group after three convincing victories over Breaffy, Davitts and Claremorris, scoring 3-41 and only conceding 0-17.
They will now be ‘seeded’ for the quarter-final draw along with the other group winners, Crossmolina, Knockmore and Ballaghaderreen.
The runners-up spots were taken by Claremorris, Castlebar Mitchels, Garrymore and Westport after a weekend of high drama and excitement.
The draw for the last eight in both the Senior and Intermediate competitions will take place tomorrow evening (Wednesday) in McHale Park, Castlebar at 8.30pm.
The games are scheduled to take place on the weekend of August 11/12 at neutral venues.
The relegation play-offs in the Senior championship will see Aghamore, Kiltane, Breaffy and Ballina Stephenites, all of whom failed to win a game in the group stages, do battle to try and stay up.
Meanwhile, Charlestown remain the favourites to capture the Intermediate championship following their third straight win in the group stages last weekend.
Denis Kearney’s side trounced Cill Chomáin in Glenamoy to maintain their 100 per cent record and top their group. They are now 11/10 to go the distance.
Burrishoole, who have lost the last two County Finals, also booked their place in the quarter-finals with a comprehensive win over Bonniconlon which earned them a top spot.
Hollymount/Carramore and Swinford also clocked up victories over Belmullet and Parke respectively that saw them finish on top of their sections.
The four runner-up spots in the Mayo IFC were filled by Parke, Achill, Kilmaine and Moy Davitts.
The four teams who will be fighting for their survival in the Intermediate ranks in the relegation play-offs are Kiltimagh, Cill Chomáin, Killala and Mayo Gaels.

Ballintubber 11/10; Castlebar 5/2; Ballaghaderreen 9/2; Crossmolina 7/1; Knockmore 7/1; Westport 10/1; Claremorris 16/1; Garrymore 33/1.

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