Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Castlebar Mitchels’ All-Ireland intermediate final showdown with Dublin’s St. Sylvester’s has had its date confirmed.

The fixture will take place on Sunday, 6 February with time and venue still to be confirmed and it will be live streamed on the LGFA Facebook page.

Mitchels will be hoping to become the very first Mayo winners of the competition, as St Sylvester’s aim to emulate the feat of Clontarf (2018) by bringing the trophy to the capital.

25 January 2022; Lisa McManamon of Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo, left, and Danielle Lawless of St Sylvester’s, Dublin. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The last team from Connacht to lift the Intermediate title was Annaghdown from Galway back in 2016, while a St Sylvester’s win would ensure a Leinster win for a fourth successive season, following the exploits of Dunboyne (2017), Clontarf a year later, and Naomh Ciaran from Offaly in 2019.

Castlebar Mitchels came through a thriller against Kerry opponents Castleisland Desmonds last Saturday, as St Sylvester’s got the better of Kinawley from Fermanagh on Sunday.

25 January 2022; In attendance at a photocall at Croke Park ahead of the currentaccount.ie All-Ireland Ladies Club Football Finals are, from left, Lisa McManamon of Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo, Danielle Lawless of St Sylvester’s, Dublin, Laura Fitzgerald of Mourneabbey, Cork, Louise Ward of Kilkerrin-Clonberne, Galway, Aoife Keyes of St Judes, Dublin, and Molly Walsh of Mullinahone, Tipperary. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Next Saturday, January 29, the senior final features Cork’s Mourneabbey and Galway’ Kilkerrin-Clonberne in a live TG4 fixture that will have a 1pm start at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

For Mourneabbey, managed by Cork Senior supremo Shane Ronayne, Saturday’s game will mark their sixth season appearing in a Senior All-Ireland Club Final.

Following final heartbreak in 2014, 2015 and 2017, Mourneabbey finally cracked the code in 2018 when they defeated Dublin’s Foxrock-Cabinteely, before getting the better of Kilkerrin-Clonberne a year later to claim back-to-back titles.

That was Kilkerrin-Clonberne’s first experience of a senior All-Ireland club final, and, managed by Willie Ward, they’ll be aiming to go one better on this occasion.

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