Despite a stuttering start to their defence of the Moclair Cup last weekend, Ballintubber got back on track with an impressive, statement win against Moy Davitts in Foxford this evening. Goals from Alan Dillon, Stephen O’Malley and a penalty neatly dispatched by Cillian O’Connor were the highlights for the reigning Mayo Senior Football Champions as they accumulated an impressive haul of 3-19 against Moy Davitts, with 18 points separating the two teams at the full time whistle.
Cillian did well to send the keeper the wrong way, as seen in the footage below. The result means that Ballintubber now have one foot in the next round with Davitts needing a very big win over Kevin Johnson’s men in their encounter in two weeks time in order to turn the score differential around. Moy Davitts will be hoping for similar against Aghamore, although on both counts this looks an unlikely prospect given the quality shown by Aghamore and Ballintubber so far.
HT Ballintubber 3-06
Bohola Moy Davitts 1-04
Penalty converted by Cillian pic.twitter.com/pH6DjmkOzs
— Ballintubber GAA (@BallintubberCLG) August 8, 2020
Ballintubber’s opponents who held them to a draw in Clogher last weekend, Aghamore, also got one foot in the quarter finals with an impressive seven point victory over Davitts at home.
Ballaghadeereen fired themselves into the next round with a narrow, one point victory over Garrymore with Luke O’Grady getting the decisive score for Paul McHugh’s charges. Goals for Andy Moran and Thomas Carmody have left the South Mayo sides prospects in the competition in serious and should the Neale draw or win away to Belmullet tomorrow, they will be out of the competition.
Elsewhere, Charlestown handed themselves a lifeline in the Group of Death as it is known with a draw against Westport. Nothing could separate the two teams as they shared a 2-10 scoreline. The result will be of great significance to Breaffy, who will take on Castlebar Mitchels in the weekends crunch tie tomorrow knowing they will be breathing down the neck of both Mitchels and Westport for a place in the next round with a win.
Tomorrow’s other games will see both Ballina Stephenites and Knockmore with a chance to progress into the quarter-finals with trips away to Claremorris and Kiltane respectively.
Be sure to pick up your copy of next Tuesday’s Western People for extensive reports on all sixteen matches in the opening round of the Mayo senior and intermediate football championships