The Mayo Senior Football Championship final will be contested by Breaffy and Knockmore after their semi-final victories over Westport and Ballina Stephenites respectively this weekend.
For Breaffy it is their first final outing since defeat to Castlebar Mitchels in 2015, while Knockmore lost the Moclair Cup final of 2016 against Mitchels. Ballina’s first final appearance since they claimed victory in the 2007 final. Breaffy will be aiming to win their first ever County Senior title while Knockmore will be looking to add a ninth Moclair Cup to their trophy cabinet, having last lifted the famous cup in 1997.
Knockmore got off to a great start, taking the first four scores unanswered with Peter Naughton hitting two and a point apiece for Pearse Ruttledge and Kevin McLoughlin. McLoughlin was having an inspired game for the Saffron and Blue using his knowledge and experience throughout the game, as they took a seven-point lead in at the half time break.
Ballina had failed to take their chances as Knockmore made hay between the posts. continuing to the second half water break with a five point lead. Aiden Orme, Peter Naughton and Kevin McLoughlin were proving to be Ray Dempsey’s chief attacking weapons.
Ballina were keeping within arms reach of Knockmore but were failing to close a three-point gap as Naughton and company kept the scoreboard ticking away. A late Aiden Orme insurance score gave them a four point victory and secured their place in the final.
A showdown with Breaffy awaits Knockmore in two weeks time.