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Countdown begins to county semi-finals


WATCHING THE ACTION FROM ABU DHABI Watching the Mayo GAA TV live stream of the Ballina Stephenites v Claremorris Mayo SFC senior quarter-final in Abu Dhabi on Sunday were Ciarán Treacy (Ballina) and Ger Commins (Claremorris). Both were members of their respective senior panels until they took up teaching assignments in Abu Dhabi six weeks ago. Ciarán scored a brilliant goal in the closing minute of the 2019 National League Final in Croke Park that ensured a famous win for Mayo over Kerry.

Michael Gallagher

INTRIGUING battles are in store across the Mayo senior, intermediate and junior football championship landscapes after the draws for the semi-finals were made last Sunday evening.
In the senior championship, newly-installed title favourites Ballina Stephenites will take on Ballintubber after impressive wins over Claremorris and Breaffy respectively.
That semi-final on Sunday week at MacHale Park (1pm) will pit former current Ballintubber manager Enda Gilvarry against many of the Ballina players that he managed in their last county semi-final appearance in 2020.
In the other semi-final, Castlebar Mitchels — who knocked out reigning champions Knockmore last Sunday — will take on Westport who got past Garrymore in their quarter-final. That match will throw in at 3pm on Sunday week in Castlebar.
The senior relegation play-off final between Davitts and The Neale will be played in Hollymount on Sunday week at 1pm.
In the Egan Jewellers intermediate championship, title favourites Ballyhaunis have been drawn to face Hollymount-Carramore following wins over Parke and Crossmolina respectively.
That semi-final clash — which is being played in Claremorris on Sunday week next at 3pm — will be a repeat of the 2014 decider which was won by Ballyhaunis.
The winners of that match will take on the victors from the second semi-final between Kilmeena and Moy Davitts, which is being played on Saturday week in Josie Munnelly Park in Castlebar at 3pm.
The intermediate relegation play-off final between Ardnaree and Lahardane has been fixed for Crossmolina on Saturday week at 1.30pm.
Killala were the surprise packets of the TF Royal Theatre junior quarter finals last Saturday when they ousted Swinford to set up a North Mayo derby with Cill Chomáin in the semi-final. The Erris men knocked out Tourmakeady in Knockmore.
Killala versus Cill Chomáin has been pencilled in for Saturday week in Ballina at 3pm.
The other semi-final will see Islandeady take on Shrule Glencorrib following respective wins over Ardagh and Eastern Gaels. That game is down for Saturday week in Clogher at 1pm.
In the Junior ‘B’ semi-finals Ballycroy will take on Moygownagh (Sunday week in Knockmore at 12pm) while Achill will face Ballycastle  (Sunday week in Bangor at 12pm).

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