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O’Connor still sidelined but Doherty returns


Mike Finnerty

MAYO manager James Horan was among the crowd of some 200 people who watched the county senior champions Ballintubber get their Michael Walsh Secondary Senior League campaign off to a winning start in Claremorris last Saturday evening.
However, he didn’t get a chance to see Cillian O’Connor in action as the Mayo star, who hasn’t played a competitive game since last November due to a persistent knee problem, didn’t take any part in the game.
County panellists Michael Plunkett and Bryan Walsh also sat the game out, but last year’s Mayo captain Diarmuid O’Connor turned in a man of the match display.
There was also good news concerning Burrishoole’s Jason Doherty as the Mayo attacker started his first competitive game since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the All-Ireland SFC ‘Super 8s’ match against Donegal almost 12 months ago.
Doherty lined out for Burrishoole in their Secondary Intermediate League win over Lahardane.
Elsewhere, Aghamore defender Brendan Harrison limped off during his team’s defeat away to Knockmore. The former All Star picked up an ankle injury and was replaced.

Barrett transfers
MEANWHILE, former All Star defender Chris Barrett has transferred from his home club, Belmullet, to Clontarf in Dublin.
Barrett has been living and working in the capital for a number of years and while there were rumours of his club transfer early last week, it was only officially sanctioned by GAA authorities last Friday.
The move means that Barrett will now link up with the likes of former Footballer of the Year, Jack McCaffrey, at Clontarf and the Mayo star is set to feature in the Dublin senior club football championship next Saturday evening against Ballyboden St Enda’s.

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