Mayo lose to Kildare 1-16 to 2-18
(pic : Mayo GAA)
Mayo were the stronger side in the first half playing Kildare at Ballina Stephenites today. Mayo were denied a goal from a great save by the Kildare keeper on the 20th minute. Kildare were reduced to 14 men on the 29th minute with Johnny Byrne being shown the line. Mayo with a strong wind at their backs, were ahead going into half time 1-11 to 0-05 with a superb goal from dual star Keith Higgins on the 34th minute.
Kildare were out of the blocks the quickest on the restart and proceeded to reduce the margin. Some quick points from Kildare and then 2 goals, the second on the 49th minute, saw Mayo in trouble. A penelty from Kenny Feeney for Mayo brought us back to within 1 of Kildare. Mayo only managed to score another 2 points but it was not enough to catch Kildare who were 5 ahead at that stage.
Full time score in Ballina Stephenites, Mayo 1-16 to Kildare 2-18. Mayo now go into a relegation playoff against Wicklow next weekend. Dates, times and venue is to be confirmed by Croke Park on Monday.
Match photos from the brilliant Memory Thru A Lens here:
Irish Independent match report here:
Mayo team v Kildare:
1 Donal O’Brien (Ballyhaunis); 2 Brian Hunt (Ballyhaunis); 3 Aiden Connolly (Westport); 4 Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis); 5 Ciaran Finn (Tooreen); 6 David Kenny (Tooreen); 7 Declan Gallagher (Westport); 8 Kieran McDermott (Ballyhaunis) 9 Padraig O’Flynn (Castlegar); 10 Fergal Boland (Tooreen); 11 Kenny Feeney (Tooreen); 12 Austin Lyons (Ballyhaunis); 13 Stephen Hoban (Ballyhaunis); 14 Sean Regan (Ballina Stephenites); 15 Darren McTigue (Castlebar Mitchels).
The Christy Ring Quarter Finals times & venues will be confirmed on Monday. Pairings are as follows;
Q-Final : Meath v Kildare
Q-Final : London v Down
The weekend ahead holds a veritable feast of sport, with one of the biggest days in the GAA club calendar, the AIB Club Championship Finals taking place in Croke Park on Monday (we’ll have lots more to say about that between now and then).
But before Castlebar Mitchels embark on proving themselves to be The Toughest, let’s turn our attention to the county scene, and what’s sure to be another memorable encounter. Sunday 16th March sees our first home double-header of the year with Mayo taking on Cork in the fifth round of Division 1 of the Allianz National Football League in McHale Park. Throw-in is at 2.30pm, and the game is preceded by the fourth round of Division 2B of the Allianz National Hurling League, which sees Mayo take on Wicklow at 12.45pm. We can happily confirm that the hurling clash has been moved back to McHale Park, after a decision made on Monday to move it to Tooreen (based on the weather and pitch conditions) was reversed yesterday morning.
Our position in both tables is roughly similar – mid-table, with an uncertain future – so it’s all to play for on Sunday.
In light of this, there will be no Club ’51 pre-match meet-up this weekend. We have a good excuse though – instead, we’ll be getting in early to cheer on our hurlers. We’d encourage everyone to come along and join us at 12.45pm to get behind this tremendous bunch of lads, who put a huge amount of time and effort into representing their county and are just as proud to wear the green and red as our footballers, but don’t often get a chance to play in front of a big home crowd.
So once the flags and banners have been hung, Club ’51 will be gathering in the stand (a stand which, incidentally, will be regarded with a new reverence and appreciation by anyone who spent two hours last Sunday sitting on a plank in the rain in Mullingar) to the right of the tunnel, in the now legendary area known as the Black Rectangle (see illustration). Come and join us, bring your hats, flags, scarves, headbands onesies and whatever else you’re into, and let’s start transforming McHale Park into a sea of green and red to cheer our boys onto a double victory.
Here’s also wishing our U21s the very best of luck tonight vs. Roscommon in what’s sure to be another lively encounter. See you on Sunday!
The Allianz Hurling League Div 2b 2014 fixtures have been confirmed recently. The dates and venues for Mayo Hurling league match’s are as follows.
View the full list of football & hurling league fixtures 2014.
Allianz Hurling League Div 2b
R1 Mayo v Fingal 16th February (2pm Mc Hale Park)
R2 Meath v Mayo 23rd February (2pm Trim)
R3 Down v Mayo 9th March (2pm Páirc Esler, Newry )
R4 Mayo v Wicklow 16th March (12.45 Mc Hale Park)
R5 Armagh v Mayo 23th March (2pm Athletic Grounds)
5th v 6th place play-offs (1a, 1b & 2b) 30th March
Div 2b (play off loser v Div 3 Champions) 13th April