Ballintubber’s failure to win a Connacht club SFC title in the past is their driving force to do well this year, according to Diarmuid O’Connor.
The newly crowned Mayo champions have not had much success in the provincial campaign, while they have looked on and saw Castlebar Mitchels, Ballina Stephenites and Crossmolina all lift the Connacht title.
O’Connor told the Western People that the aim this year was to push on and do well as they start their campaign against Sligo champions Tourlestrane this weekend.
“The last few years when we won the county title we never really kicked on in Connacht,” said O’Connor. “We had a few disappointing losses. We’ll be putting in a lot of hard work and really trying to make an impact on Connacht, but you can’t look past any game so we are just fully focused this time on Tourlestrane.”
O’Connor added that they are hoping to have an advantage over their opponents in that Ballintubber manager Kevin Johnson is a native of Sligo.
“Kevin is a Tourlestrane man so hopefully he will have a bit of insight there.”