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Sunday's Mayo club championships round-up



Knockmore 3-8
Aghamore 0-11

THE champions got their defence of the Moclair Cup off to a winning start on home ground after an impressive second half performance proved too much for Aghamore.
Ray Dempsey’s men outscored their visitors by 2-5 to 0-5 in the second period with goals from Darren McHale and Aidan Orme proving crucial.
McHale had also netted after two minutes to get Knockmore off to the perfect start but Aghamore were back on level terms by the 18th minute after points from Fergal Boland, Seán Og Tighe, Conor Byrne and Ross Egan.
The sides were also level at half-time (1-3 to 0-6) and the game looked nicely poised.
However, Knockmore upped the ante in the second half with the likes of Kevin McLoughlin, Darren McHale and Aidan Orme leading the charge.
Goals from Orme and McHale in the 44th and 48th minutes propelled the homeside into a nine points lead, and the game was over as a contest by the final quarter.
Aghamore, to their credit, never stopped trying and late points from Conor Byrne (3, two frees) and Ross Egan glossed the final scoreline.
Knockmore will travel to Ballina next Sunday with Aghamore welcoming Ballaghaderreen on Saturday.

Castlebar Mitchels 0-11
Charlestown 0-10

THE Mitchels survived a second half comeback from Charlestown to prevail by the slimmest of margins at Josie Munnelly Park.
Despite hitting only four points from play, Charlestown's ability to win frees brought this one right down to the final minute.
Ultimately, the East Mayo men were too reliant on Paul Towey, who hit six of their tally (including five frees).
Mitchels were the better team in a first half which they won by 0-6 0-2.
Paddy Heneghan was excellent in the first half, kicking some fine scores as Mitchels made it difficult for their opponents to get scores.
The loss of Paddy Durcan to an ankle injury made a difference in the second half as Charlestown slowly worked their way back into contention, with Towey leading the way from placed balls.
There were yellow cards and off-the-ball scuffles aplenty as Charlestown came back to within a point, but Towey missed the chance to equalise when he drove a free wide in the 62nd minute.
A Mitchels team with six debutants held on for a valuable win.


Belmullet 3-8
Balla 2-10

A HAT-TRICK of goals from former professional soccer star Ronan Murray got last year’s beaten finalists Belmullet over the line against Balla in one of the most exciting games of the weekend.
Balla had their chances to level the game late on but could not match a Belmullet defence that grew more stubborn as the game went on.
A Conor Walsh goal for Balla in the third minute set the mood for a rollercoaster of a game.
The homeside looked to have Belmullet on the ropes in the 21st minute when Walsh drove a shot at goalkeeper Scott Kilker only for it to fall to Jack Harte, who turned and fired the ball into the back of the net.
Ronan Murray’s goal kept Liam McHale’s team in it and, despite trailing by 1-4 to 2-5 at half-time, they had the ball in the net for a second time through Murray with less than 30 seconds played.
Balla pulled ahead with three points in a row before Belmullet — who were without the injured Ryan O'Donoghue — hit two points before Murray struck for his hat-trick goal.
Belmullet were now ahead for the first time before a frantic final quarter.
A free from Scott Kilker put the Erris men two ahead before Gary McHale and Conor Walsh conspired to level the game in the 60th minute.
Balla goalkeeper Matthew Flanagan got a hand to Eamon McAndrew's game-winning point in the 61st minute before later driving a long-range free into Belmullet hands.
The final whistle sounded moments later.

Breaffy 1-16
Claremorris 0-11

BREAFFY were far too strong for Claremorris at Canon Gibbons Memorial Park.
Driven on by their three Mayo panellists, the O’Shea brothers, Aidan (who lined out at full-forward) and Conor, along with Mattie Ruane, they took control of the game from the throw-in.
And from once Davitt Nearly put them in front after five minutes, Breaffy dictated proceedings and ran out very comfortable winners.
The win was achieved without the services of Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly did not line out.
The homeside stood off their guests for long periods, and manager Kevin Beirne and his selectors were left bewildered as to how a team that had prepared so hard for this fixture, failed to show up on the day.
Breaffy had scored four points before Claremorris got off the mark in the first half, and easily blew away any hope of a homeside revival after the break, by adding 1-3 before Claremorris registered their first. The goal came from Davitt Neary.
For Breaffy, Mark Dervan at full-back, put in a man of the match performance, with the county men dominant out the park.
Aidan O’Shea chipped in with three points with Conor O'Shea (2) and Mattie Ruane (1) also getting on the scoresheet.
Former Mayo defender James McCormack (who scored four points) did his best for Claremorris.

Ballintubber 1-16
Mayo Gaels 0-7

BALLINTUBBER demonstrated in no uncertain terms to Mayo Gaels the difference between league and championship and the difference between intermediate and senior at Clogher on Sunday afternoon.
Last year’s intermediate champs opened their senior campaign with a short trip to Clogher where the hosts schooled them in some of the fundamentals of the higher grade.
Gaels might have finished ahead of the ‘Tubber in Division 1B but this was different gravy. 
Ballintubber were physically stronger, cuter and far more composed than their opponents and they cruised to victory.
Cillian O’Connor led the way on the scoreboard with six points, one from play, but it was Jason Gibbons who stood tallest in every sense in this game.
He and Diarmuid O’Connor dominated the midfield exchanges, meaning that Mayo Gaels could not get their hands on near enough possession to be competitive.
Gaels did go for the kill early on, with a few sniffs of goal chances but none accrued.
Slowly, but surely, Ballintubber turned the screw at the other end.
They led by 0-3 to 0-1 after 16 minutes and 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time.
 It could have been more; the last point of the half was a Cillian O’Connor penalty which went over rather than under the bar.
Their lead never looked in doubt after half-time and Jason Gibbons put the icing on the cake with a superbly-taken goal on 49 minutes.
The favourites for the title have sounded a warning — it will take a good team to beat them.

Ballinrobe 2-12
Parke 1-14

BALLINROBE won a thriller in Flanagan Park to get their championship campaign off and running.
This enthralling contest kept the big crowd on their toes right to the final whistle as Parke threw everything at the home side.
Indeed, the guests will be kicking themselves after missing a stream of chances in the run-in.
Ballinrobe led by 1-10 to 0-7 at the interval after finishing the half strongly and a goal from Cian O'Connell in the opening minute of the second half put nine points between the teams.
However, Parke sprang into life and kicked a stream of points and a goal courtesy of Ronan Carolan to close the gap to a point after 47 minutes.
Ballinrobe shook themselves into life again and powered by midfielder James Murphy, former Mayo Under-20 Ewan Duffy, and wing forward Liam Burke, they stayed in front thanks to the boot of full-forward Darren McDonnell.
Parke threw everything and everyone forward in the final moments, but Ballinrobe refused to be overhauled and Peter Ford’s team were still in front when the final whistle sounded.

Louisburgh 2-10
Crossmolina 0-10

TWO goals from Dylan Prendergast set Louisburgh up nicely for a home win against the Deel Rovers.
The winners led at half-time by 1-7 to 0-6 but had to pull out all the stops to stay ahead.
Crossmolina, who lined out without the suspended Jordan Flynn, stuck doggedly to their task with Conor Loftus proving influential in a deep-lying role.
Fionan Duffy also came off the bench and landed a few crucial frees.
Dylan Prendergast was the outstanding player on view, finishing with 2-4 to his credit.

Tourmakeady 1-12
Achill 1-10

A 12th MINUTE goal by veteran Tourmakeady forward Kevin Dolan set the visitors up for a vital two-point away win over their Gaeltacht rivals.
Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, Achill started brightly and looked to take advantage of the elements and open up a lead.
Two long-range scores from Brian Lavelle put the homeside 0-3 to 0-1 up after ten minutes before Dolan found the back of the islander’s net.
The two sides continued to trade scores for the remainder of the first half, but it was the visitors who finished strongest and they led by 0-8 to 1-6 at the break.
With the mind at their backs, Tourmakeady stretched their lead with Patrick Lydon and Mairtín Carr among the scorers.
Achill struggled to break down the resolute Tourmakeady defence but they were offered a lifeline when referee Mel Kenny awarded them a penalty in the 60th minute.
With five points between the sides, Eddie Doran made no mistake from the spot but Achill were unable to get another opportunity and Tourmakeady went home with the two points.

ELSEWHERE, in the Mayo Junior championship on Sunday, Ardagh pipped Ballycroy by 0-13 to 1-9; Ballycastle beat Moygownagh by 2-10 to 1-12; and Shrule/Glencorrib got the better of Lacken by 3-13 to 0-4.

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