By Mark Higgins
Last year’s finalists Knockmore are embroiled in a battle to retain their status in the Mayo Ladies senior football championship after defeat to Westport yesterday (Sunday) confirmed their place at the foot of Group A following the final round of group games.
Westport’s 3-11 to 1-8 victory wasn’t sufficient, however, to see them advance to the county semi-finals as the top two places in Group A had already been claimed by Carnacon and Moy Davitts — even before those two teams met in their own entertaining match in Clogher yesterday.
Carnacon secured top spot in the group with a 7-9 to 1-12 victory over the Moysiders and will now face Hollymount in the semi-finals with Moy Davitts set to take on Group B winners Burrishoole. Burrishoole were 3-16 to 2-10 victors over Louisburgh who will provide the opposition for Knockmore in a game that will send the losers to the intermediate ranks for 2020.
Hollymount secured the second qualifying spot in Group B thanks to a thrilling one point win, 3-10 to 2-12, away to Swinford-Killasser.
The semi-finals are due to be played next weekend with the group winners enjoying home advantage, meaning Carnacon will host Hollymount and Burrishoole will entertain Moy Davitts.
Meanwhile, the finalists of the Mayo Ladies junior championship were confirmed yesterday when the semi-finals saw Tourmakeady shade a local derby with The Neale by 1-11 to 1-8 and C.L. MacHale Rovers had a convincing 3-13 to 3-5 victory over Davitts.