Congrats to our Junior team who had to do it the hard way before overcoming Kilmeena on Saturday evening in the opening round of the Championship! 1-5 from Mayo minor Stephen O'Malley along with a goal from the influential Ray Geraghty all helped the Abbeysiders to this important win. Check Match Reports for all the details!
Mayo booked a place in the Semi-Final of the Connacht Championship following a comprehensive 2-16 to 0-9 win over London in Ruislip on Sunday! On a day when Mayo were without many regulars, the Connacht champions did enough where Jason Gibbons finally got a start in midfield, however captain Cillian O'Connor received a black card within the opening 10 minutes. On a positive note for the club where Alan Dillon was introduced with his left hand heavily strapped and he even got on the scoreboard to prove he can still be relied on. Next up is a Saturday evening encounter on June 18th when Galway come to McHale park with fixture details to be confirmed!
Congrats to our Senior team who beat rivals Breaffy on Saturday evening in round 4 of the League ! Check out Match Reports section for all the details!!!
A flat performance from our Senior team saw them fall short on Saturday evening in their opening Championship encounter in sunny Clogher! Visitors Hollymount/Carramore may be having internal problems but it didn't show on the pitch as they bagged 3 goals over the hour to hold out for the vital win. Match details will be posted tomorrow!
Best wishes to Cillian O'Connor who has recently been selected as the new Mayo Senior captain for Championship 2016! This is a massive honour for any player and with Cillian reaching only his 24th birthday shortly then he must be one of the youngest captains. He has been carrying the role of vice-captain over the past few seasons and any player who can kick over '45's and long range frees into the hill during the white heat of Championship certainly has something extra. He has also come back from a serious shoulder injury while more recently he has had to endure a serious knee operation so hopefully he will have an injury free campaign. Well done Cillian everyone in Ballintubber is so proud and not that long ago Alan Dillon filled the role excellently and so will you!
In the final weekend before the start of the Club Championships, our Junior team earned a battling win in the rain on Saturday evening while our Senior team had to be content with a draw in sunny Crossmolina on Sunday in their respective Leagues! The Junior win 1-11 to 1-10 in Clogher over last year County Junior B Champions Ballycastle puts the Abbeysiders right up there in the promotion shake-up in Division 1D as there are 6 teams tied on 6 points. While on Senior team are joint top of Division 1A following the draw in Crossmolina where interestingly their Senior Championship opponents Hollymount-Carramore are the other team on 5 points.
Congrats to Diarmuid,Michael and the Under 21 team after a fantastic All-Ireland final win on Saturday evening after a late goal rush helped Mayo to outscore their opponents Cork. In a game that could have gone either way, the fantastic spirit which has been the hallmark of this team stood again to the Connacht Champions when the game was in the frying pan. Michael Plunkett had his best game of the campaign as he scored 0-2 while also being involved in the first 3 goals in a top class performance. While Diarmuid O'Connor set the tone in the opening half as his goal which was created by Michael helped to bring Mayo back into the match as they had been 0-7 to 0-4 down. His strong running in possession was another feature of the game which yielded a number of scoring opportunities. This Ennis venue has been kind to this team as 10 years ago Mayo won their last title at this grade also against Cork. Unfortunately this grade will be no longer in operation as from next year it will become the Under 20 Championship. Enjoy the celebrations boys!
Our Senior team put in their best performance of 2016 when they comfortably overcame Kiltane in cold conditions on Sunday. 1-3 from the impressive Bryan Walsh was one of the highlights where 5 of the 6 starting forwards scored. See more details in Match Reports.
Unfortunately our Junior team suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten by Knockmore B on Saturday evening in round 2 of the Division 1D League. See Results for final score!
In a game that can only be described as epic, Mayo Under 21's came from 4 points down midway through the second half to nick a place in the final following a Conor Loftus pointed free deep in injury time. If ever there was a player to single out as the main difference between the sides it was our own Diarmuid O'Connor. In an impressive first half when Mayo ruled the roost, the Ballintubber ace got his sides only goal by calmly chipping over the Dublin 'keeper and defender with his 2 hands. It helped push his side into an interval lead of 1-7 to 0-4 which was a bit flattering to the Dubs. However the early stages of the second half it was all the Leinster Champions and they reduced the deficit midway through the half before rushing into a 1-13 to 1-9 lead. In truth it did not look good for Mayo but one thing this team has is an unbelievable spirit and with Diarmuid O'Connor everywhere Mayo kept chipping at the deficit. It was level twice before the end and when the Cortoon native pushed forward one last time he deservedly won his sides final free after being fouled and the rest is history. Also central to the win was Michael Plunkett who was unlucky to be replaced. After the other semi-final was played it all meant Mayo will be having a repeat of the 2006 final when Cork squeezed by Monaghan with details to be confirmed but it looks like it will be in 2 weeks time!
Another part of Club history was made in Carlow over the weekend when 3 Ballintubber players were central to the All-Ireland inter-firms win for the Mayo teachers. They won 3-10 to 2-4 with Alan Plunkett registering 1-2 while Kevin Shannon lined out in the half-back-line while Sean Larkin was also part of the panel. Well done boys!!