It was a case of 2 out of 2 as both our Senior & Junior teams started off their respective League campaigns with wins in Knockmore and Breaffy B over the weekend. Our Senior team had to battle hard to overcome Knockmore on Saturday evening to claim the opening League points while on Sunday the Junior team got their deserved win in the local derby in Breaffy. Check Match Reports section for all the details!!
Watch out for upcoming Ballintubber minor Stephen O'Malley who made a name for himself last Saturday evening during Mayo minors 2 points win in Enniscrone after victory over Sligo! The number 15 bagged 2 quick goals in the opening half with his second being a penalty rebound which in the end turned out to be the difference between the sides. Well done Stephen and keep it going !!
Congrats to the Mayo team who eventually got over a plucky Down team in Division 1A to retain their top League status for 2017! Cillian O'Connor started his first game of the season and he converted a penalty as well as proving his importance to the team with 4 pointed frees. It was also good to see Alan Dillon get some game time while Jason Gibbons was an unused sub where thankfully Diarmuid 'Connor was rested after his Saturday evening exploits!
Congrats to Diarmuid O'Connor and Michael Plunkett who both played big roles in the Mayo Under 21 teams success over favourites Roscommon on Saturday evening in Sligo! The Connacht title has been out of Mayo hands since 2009 and after a rocky start Mayo managed to weave the Rossies back and take the lead towards the end of the game when the roving Michael Plunkett was in the right place to calmly point. Next up for this team is an All-Ireland Semi-Final date with Leinster Champions Dublin in 2 weeks time with match details to be confirmed. Well done boys!!
It was a job well-done by the Mayo Senior team after a more than convincing 1-11 to 1-7 win over Roscommon in Hyde Park on Sunday. The win sees Mayo overtake Monaghan into sixth place where a win next Sunday in McHale Park against Down would guarantee Division 1 football in 2017. The win was all about hard work and Mayo set the tempo from the start in a game that they were generally in control of. Once again Diarmuid O'Connor put in a big shift while the big news was the return of his brother Cillian who looked sharp and helped on the scoreboard with a pointed free. Alan Dillon impressed when introduced as he helped to control the game with Jason Gibbons also introduced towards the end to help to secure the win as hosts Roscommon did bag a goal midway through the second half. However the experience of this team shone through as they sensibly played out the clock. Well done boys !!
Despite the best efforts of our own Diarmuid O'Connor and substitute Jason Gibbons, Mayo were forced to concede to a more clinical Kerry team in Round 5 of the National League. With just 2 games to go it puts the Connacht champions into a difficult situation where they must beat high flying Roscommon and Down to have a chance of remaining in the Division.
Well done to our under 13 footballers who won the Pella indoor competition hosted by Davitt College earlier today (Saturday 12th). This is the first such competition to be organized in Mayo and our lads performed brilliantly in defeating two teams from Parke, two teams from Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy!
These victories qualified us directly into the 'A' final where we defeated Parke A.
The players involved were Cillian Joyce, Darragh Joyce, Caoimhlin Flately, Noah Corbett, Josh Mahon, Nathan Gibbons, Dean O'Malley, Sean Duffy, Cathal Walsh.
Coaches - Tony Duffy, Declan Joyce and Damien Flately.
WELL DONE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!
A man of the match performance from Diarmuid O'Connor helped Mayo claim their first brace of League points after a battling 2-11 to 1-12 win over Ulster chanpions Monaghan in Clones on Sunday. The Ballintubber ace bagged his sides crucial second goal midway through the second half as well as landing a fine opening half score where he put in another energy-sapping. The win was made even more remarkable as Aidan O'Shea was back-carded early in the game as the win takes Mayo off the foot of the Division 1 table and sets them up well for next Sundays clash in McHale Park against Kerry in Round 5. Jason Gibbons was introduced in the closing minutes and he helped to shore up the midfield sector as well as win vital ball to help guide Mayo to the win. Well done boys!!
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Despite a retaken second half penalty from Diarmuid 'Connor, a strong late surge from hosts Donegal saw taken take the valuable League points on offer and put further pressure on the Connacht Champions. Mayo actually led for most of the game after an interval lead of 0-8 to 0-7 following an impressive opening half with Jason Gibbons holding his own in the middle of the field. Next Sunday Mayo are on the road again when they make the trip to Clones to take on an in-form Monaghan side where 2 badly needed League points are required!!
Despite putting in his usual honest performance, Diarmuid O'Connor had to come second best when UCD just proved that bit sharper on a final scoreline of 0-10 to 2-2 in their Sigerson Cup win over DCU! !