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Some things from Mayo club weekend


BACK IN ACTION Ballaghaderreen selector Gary Conway issues some instructions to Stephen Drake before he came on against Davitts in the Mayo SFC quarter-final last Saturday evening. Pic: Michael Donnelly

Drake fronts up for Ballagh’

THERE were lots of positives for Ballaghaderreen supporters to take from Saturday evening’s Mayo SFC quarter-final win over Davitts.
One of them was the sight of Andy Moran skipping around MacHale Park like a man half his age, shouting instructions and words of encouragement to his young comrades in the forwardline, and burying a fine goal for good measure.
It would seem that inter-county retirement suits him just fine!
But Andy’s brother-in-law, Stephen Drake, got the biggest cheers of the evening when he came thundering in off the bench to take up a new station in the full-forwardline.
The veteran defender went on to kick two cracking points, threw his weight around, nearly started a row, and showed us that there’s life in the old dog yet.
Castlebar Mitchels have been warned! - Mike Finnerty

Dillon goes the extra mile
BALLINTUBBER and Belmullet might have locked horns at 5pm on Saturday evening, but members of both clubs met in a more tranquil setting earlier in the day.
Belmullet clubmen Michael S Togher and Willie Sullivan led a charity cycle from Ballintubber Abbey to Cross Abbey in Erris and when they gathered on enemy territory on Saturday morning, Alan Dillon was on hand to greet them.
The Ballintubber ace is a good friend of Togher and Sullivan and there was a lot of friendly banter and a few pictures taken before the cyclists left Abbeyside on their 109k trip, which raised much-needed funds for the restoration project at Binghamsgtown Church. - Michael Gallagher

Castlebar celebrate on double
‘DID Celtic win?’ asked Castlebar Mitchels’ Danny Kirby as he made his way off the field at MacHale Park on Sunday after helping his team into the Mayo SFC semi-finals.
Kirby is one of many Mitchels who have lined out with Castlebar Celtic over the years, so it was no surprise to hear him wondering if the Hoops had got the result they needed to win the Mayo Super League title.
He wasn’t the only man in the Mitchels’ camp wondering about Celtic’s game either; both Aidan Walsh and Neil Douglas played in a Super League game recently and Ger McDonagh reckons ‘90% of the dressing-room’ have played soccer with the local club at one stage or another.
Celtic did win by the way, and lifted the Super League Cup for the first time in eight years. - Mike Finnerty

‘Zippy’ still has it
FOUR-TIME All Star Keith ‘Zippy’ Higgins produced a performance for Ballyhaunis last Saturday evening that would suggest he has plenty left in his tank.
The 34 year-old lined out at centre-back and scored an outstanding goal; intercepting a pass inside his own half, racing 50 yards downfield, before rifling the ball into the roof of the net.
Outside of that his general play was flawless, as he delivered a quality supply of ball into the ‘Haunis attack and carrying possession when needed.
Seeing his raw pace in a club game is a sight to behold too! - Ger Flanagan

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