SIDELINED Injured Ballina Stephenites Ger Cafferkey is pictured before last Sunday’s Mayo SFC quarter-final over Aghamore. The former Mayo defender will miss the rest of the club championship. Pic: Michael McLaughlin
BALLINA Stephenites will be without their All Star defender Ger Cafferkey for the remainder of this year’s club championship, but they look set to be boosted by the return of Mayo forward Ciaran Treacy for next Sunday’s Mayo SFC semi-final clash against Knockmore at MacHale Park, Castlebar (3.45pm).
Treacy sat out last Sunday’s quarter-final victory over Aghamore due to a slight knock, with Ballina opting not to risk the talented forward once they started to pull away in the second half.
Cafferkey has missed the Stephenites’ last two games having tore a groin muscle in a Michael Walsh League game last month, and will be out of action until after the championship ends.
Meanwhile, Breaffy joint managers Peter Ford and Shane Conway will be boosted by the return of defender Dylan Cannon from suspension for their semi-final clash with Westport on Saturday evening (7.15pm).
Cannon received a straight red card after an incident near the end of Breaffy’s recent group game against Charlestown and so missed last weekend’s victory over Ballaghaderreen.
However, Conor Beirne is set to be ruled out next weekend with a knee injury while Michael Hall was also taken off in the latter stages of their victory over Ballagh’ with a reoccuring hamstring problem.
Seamus O’Shea is also nursing a groin strain, while Tommy O’Reilly appeared off the bench as he continues to recover from the hamstring injury that has hampered him so far in this campaign.
Elsewhere, Westport manager Martin Calvey will be hoping that the niggle that saw Fionn McDonagh withdrawn against The Neale midway through the second half last Sunday will be okay by the time Saturday evening’s semi-final rolls around.
Former Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan also had to have his left wrist strapped during that game, but it didn’t appear a major concern and he played on until the end.
Ray Dempsey’s Knockmore appear to be the only side heading into the weekend with a relatively clean bill of health after their impressive win over two-in-a-row county champions Ballintubber.
Breaffy now favourites
BREAFFY have been installed as the bookies’ favourites to land their first Moclair Cup after their exhilarating quarter-final win over Ballagh’ last weekend.
Aidan O’Shea and company are now 2/1 favourites to win the Mayo SFC after last weekend. They’re also priced at 8/11 to beat Westport this weekend and avenge their group stage defeat at home, with the Covies priced at 11/8.
Martin Calvey’s Westport are the outside bet for the Moclair Cup at 10/3.
Ray Dempsey’s Knockmore are joint-second favourites to win the title at 9/4. Their opponents, Ballina Stephenites, are also sitting at 9/4 to win their first Moclair Cup since 2007, with both sides evenly priced to win their high-stakes local derby next weekend.