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Mayo Junior Exclusive Championship Round 3:

Group 1:
Northern Gaels V Tourmakeady (Venue Parke)
A no gainer game for Tourmakeady as they are out of the championship but will be out to win in preparation for the upcoming Exclusive B Junior Championship.
Still all to play for the amalgamation side if they win and Ballycastle lose they will be both on 3 points so scoring difference will come into it.
Northern Gaels will have more to aim for this game.

Northern Gaels by 2.

Ballycastle V Shrule/Glencorrib (Venue Swinford)
I witnessed S/G in their round 2 win and they have a quality team and top forwards in Evan Cawley and Kevin Ryan. They will be in mix for title.
A lot of experts were surprised with Ballycastle victory over Tourmakeady which is no surprise to me.
They are both the same average Junior team but credit to Ballycastle who put up a big score 3-10. Ballycastle need to win or draw to guarantee their quarter final but S/G will be still to good for them.

Shrule/Glencorrib by 6.

Group 2:
Ardagh V Achill (venue: Ardagh)
A do or die for either team as Cill Chomain have defeated both teams in the earlier rounds.
Ardagh looks like the best bet as they have the better forwards in James Carr, Lee Traynor, Kevin Moran and midfielders Stephen Rochford and Brendan Carr.
Achill were to dependable on Brian Lavelle for scores.

Ardagh by 4.

Cill Chomain BYE and into the quarter finals.


Group 3:
Killala V Eastern Gaels (Venue Killala)
Another 3 team group with Killala leading the group with 2 points to Eastern Gaels 1 point.
Killala are many experts favourite for the JFC title.
With Andrew Farrell rekindling his talent again along with Darragh Herbert and Mattie Keane.
Eastern Gaels need to win or draw to guarantee quarter final spot or NOT lose by more than 10 points if I'm right.

Killala by 5.

Kilmovee Shamrocks BYE

Group 4:
Lahardane MacHales V Swinford (Venue: Ballina)
The Junior game of the weekend with both teams already through the quarter finals but who will finish top or 2nd to avoid playing against a top team.
Swinford looks the best bet but Lahardane proves me wrong when Lahardane beat Swinford in the 2021 Intermediate Relegation final 2-12 1-7.

Swinford by 2.

Ballycroy V Moygownagh (Venue: Bangor Erris)
A dead rubber game for both teams but a welcome challenge for the upcoming B Championship.
Ballycroy have ran Swinford and Lahardane close losing 6 and 4 respectively meanwhile Moygownagh receiving trimming Lahardane (14) Swinford (23)

Ballycroy by 5.

footie16 (Mayo) - Posts: 222 - 15/09/2023 10:10:02    2504319

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Mayo IFC Round 3:

Group 1:
Bonniconlon vs Parke KC on Sunday in Bofeenaun @ 1pm:
A game with nothing on the line, Parke are guaranteed top of the group while Bonni are down in the relegation spot. Both managers will be careful to avoid injuries, expect a bit of shadow boxing here.
Parke by 5

Davitts vs Islandeady on Sunday in Tourmakeady @ 3:30pm:
The game of the round in Intermediate this weekend. Lots of stories coming out this week of injuries in the Davitts camp, which may swing the tie. Was looking finely balanced before that news broke. Take any news you hear with a pinch of salt, it is championship season after all. Islandeady hit the ground running on the way up from Junior, and may continue the recent trend of Junior champions going far in the competition.
Islandeady by 1

Group 2:
Kilmeena vs Kiltimagh on Saturday in Islandeady @ 5pm:
If past results are any indicator, then this is a short prediction. Kilmeena beat Ardnaree by 9, and then Ardnaree beat Kiltimagh by 11. I doubt many people are expecting a shock here.
Kilmeena by 12

Louisburgh vs Ardnaree on Saturday in Newport @ 5pm:
Louisburgh won their first two games, and may still find themselves not qualifying for the knockouts. A healthy Ardnaree win (6 points or more) would see Ardnaree and Kilmeena qualify. I dont see it happening, but stranger things have happened. Big wins for both teams at home last week, but the jury is still out on both teams when they have to leave their home comforts behind.
Louisburgh by 3

Group 3:
Hollymount/Carramore vs Ballinrobe on Saturday in Garrymore @ 7:30pm:
If Davitts vs Islandeady isnt the game of the round, then surely it is this South Mayo derby. Both teams dispatched of Kiltane and Burrishoole each in the last 2 rounds, with Holly/Carra looking to have had a slightly more comfortable time of it. Ballinrobe just about got over the line vs Kiltane after putting 6 goals past Burrishoole in Newport. Was the first day out a freak result, or did they fail to perform vs Kiltane and get the job done anyway? Hard to tell. If this game gets turned into a dogfight, I think Hollymount/Carramore could have this in the bag.
Hollymount/Carramore by 2

Burrishoole vs Kiltane on Sunday in Crossmolina @ 1pm:
A Relegation Quarter Final is an apt way of describing this match. The winner is safe for another year, the loser not so much. Kiltane looked to have bounced back well from their 11 point loss to Hollymount/Carramore on Day 1, while Burrishoole were still second best in Round 2, despite cutting their losing margin from 18 points vs Ballinrobe to only 6 points vs Hollymount/Carramore. Bring the gumshields to this game, there is a good chance they are needed.
Kiltane by 4

Group 4:
Kilmaine vs Bohola Moy Davitts on Sunday in Mayo Abbey @3:30pm:
Oisin Mullin or not, it does not matter this weekend. Kilmaine are in relegation even if they cause an upset and topple BMD. Getting through this game without any bangs or knocks is the target for both teams.
Bohola Moy Davitts by 3

Castlebar Mitchels B vs Crossmolina Deel Rovers on Sunday in Knockmore @ 3:30pm:
Can Cbar B finally make it out of the groups after 3 years of falling at the last hurdle in Round 3? Unfortunately I think not. The nature of the 'B' Team means that any standout players run the risk of getting called up to the Senior Team, and as the competition progresses, the Intermediate squad normally gets thinner and thinner for that very reason. Crossmolina have no such issues, and they need to win after an unlucky loss to Moy Davitts in Round 2.
Crossmolina by 2

BiasedNeutral (Mayo) - Posts: 5 - 15/09/2023 15:33:14    2504374

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Castlebar Mitchels v Ballintubber - This be a close game, Ballintubber coming into it bit under the radar, but Castlebar should win - Castlebar by 2
Charlestown Sarsfields v Knockmore - Knockmore should win this handy enough - Knockmore by 6
Ballina Stephenites v Belmullet - Ballina are flying it, putting up big scores but also conceding a bit too much to win a county title, Belmullet are a decent outfit but Ballina will wear them down - Ballina by 5
Westport v Breaffy - hard to know how good Breaffy are, if Aidan O Shea stays in full forward then they will have a chance, also if its a bad day weather wise this would help Breaffy, but Westport are hard stopped with the players they have, and I think not only do they want to win county again they want to put it right in Connacht also - Westport by 5

Balla v The Neale - Balla by 4
Ballyhaunis v Claremorris - Ballyhaunis by 1


Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin v Kilmeena - Kilmeena by 2
Ballinrobe v Islandeady - Ballinrobe by 4
Bohola Moy Davitts v Hollymount/Carramore - Moy Davitts by 3
Louisburgh v Castlebar Mitchels B - Louisburgh by 3

Bonniconlon v Burrishoole - Burrishoole by 2
Kilmaine v Kiltimagh - Kilmaine by 3

Shrule/Glencorrib v Ardagh - Shrule/Glencorrib by 2
Eastern Gaels v Swinford - Eastern Gaels by 1
Cill Chomáin v Northern Gaels - Cill Chomain by 8
Lahardane MacHales v Killala - Lahardane by 2


Kilmovee Shamrocks v Ballycroy - Ballycroy by 2
Moygownagh v Tourmakeady - Tourmakeady by 3

tommy132 (Mayo) - Posts: 615 - 29/09/2023 21:16:06    2506317

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This thread has been fairly silent this year, the general mood of the county?


2 years into the 4 agreed term for McStay how does Mayo supporters reckon it's going?

Happy? undecided or underwhelmed?

managers are normally judged on how they do in the championship. Last year All Ireland Quarter final by defeat 12 points this year regressed on that by getting knocked out before the Quarter final at home to Derry side who was well beaten yesterday.

McHale left after year one will another one of the management leave this year, Buckley or Rochford?

Drax_the_destroyer (UK) - Posts: 173 - 01/07/2024 22:26:38    2556402

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Disaster of a championship. Three big games where we were in winning positions and let it slip. Nothing learnt. I don't have faith in this current management team.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 11331 - 02/07/2024 08:59:21    2556425

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Replying To Drax_the_destroyer:  "This thread has been fairly silent this year, the general mood of the county?


2 years into the 4 agreed term for McStay how does Mayo supporters reckon it's going?

Happy? undecided or underwhelmed?

managers are normally judged on how they do in the championship. Last year All Ireland Quarter final by defeat 12 points this year regressed on that by getting knocked out before the Quarter final at home to Derry side who was well beaten yesterday.

McHale left after year one will another one of the management leave this year, Buckley or Rochford?"
Derry where not 'well beaten' kerry were pretty poor this forum has never really been in use that much.

S1234 (Mayo) - Posts: 89 - 02/07/2024 09:21:10    2556435

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What would ye think if Kevin McStay brough Cora Staunton into the backroom setup? I think she has a lot to offer and has the respect of everyone in the squad and management.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 7523 - 02/07/2024 13:21:41    2556503

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Mayo's objective before this year started would be All Ireland semi final minimum target. Last year the margin of the defeat to Dublin in the last 8 would have left plenty of soul searching and reading between the line of what McStay was saying during the year that they decided not to take the league as serious to have them primed and fully ready for the championship yet they ended up not even reaching the last eight this year a clear regression and well below the expectation level. I can imagine if Mayo don't reach the last four at least in 2025 that McStay will depart one year before his agreed 4 year term ends.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3436 - 02/07/2024 17:53:34    2556580

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Replying To S1234:  "Derry where not 'well beaten' kerry were pretty poor this forum has never really been in use that much."
Derry were beaten by 5 points and in the last 18 minutes of the contest their only score came from Lynch their goalkeeper, That Kerry played "poor" is even worse again.

You and other Mayo posters have posted enough on this forum to make this thread become more in use.

Drax_the_destroyer (UK) - Posts: 173 - 02/07/2024 18:45:24    2556589

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Replying To Gaa_lover:  "Mayo's objective before this year started would be All Ireland semi final minimum target. Last year the margin of the defeat to Dublin in the last 8 would have left plenty of soul searching and reading between the line of what McStay was saying during the year that they decided not to take the league as serious to have them primed and fully ready for the championship yet they ended up not even reaching the last eight this year a clear regression and well below the expectation level. I can imagine if Mayo don't reach the last four at least in 2025 that McStay will depart one year before his agreed 4 year term ends."
Mayo don't have the players at the moment. A quarter final appearance is probably the most they could hope for now. The team is in transition but I don't think you will replace the players that have stepped away over the last few years. Both O Connors are in the twilight zone as is Aiden O Shea. Paddy Durkan has a lot of miles on the clock also. The new lads introduced over the last few years are good players but not as good as what have stepped away. I think most people in Mayo know that.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1803 - 02/07/2024 20:18:00    2556605

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Replying To Drax_the_destroyer:  "Derry were beaten by 5 points and in the last 18 minutes of the contest their only score came from Lynch their goalkeeper, That Kerry played "poor" is even worse again.

You and other Mayo posters have posted enough on this forum to make this thread become more in use."
They were still beaten by 5 points. How they were beaten is irellevant to Mayo. We need to stop treating 1 point swings as close games and learn that closing out right games is more important than playing 'great football' or that we we 'do better in chaos games' and stop looking for sympathy when it doesn't, inevitably, work out.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 7523 - 02/07/2024 22:26:11    2556620

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Replying To eoinog:  "Mayo don't have the players at the moment. A quarter final appearance is probably the most they could hope for now. The team is in transition but I don't think you will replace the players that have stepped away over the last few years. Both O Connors are in the twilight zone as is Aiden O Shea. Paddy Durkan has a lot of miles on the clock also. The new lads introduced over the last few years are good players but not as good as what have stepped away. I think most people in Mayo know that."
Nonsense. They could easily make a semi final. Not saying they can win Sam but could on their day beat any of the semi finalists this year.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 7972 - 02/07/2024 23:26:56    2556627

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Replying To GreenandRed:  "They were still beaten by 5 points. How they were beaten is irellevant to Mayo. We need to stop treating 1 point swings as close games and learn that closing out right games is more important than playing 'great football' or that we we 'do better in chaos games' and stop looking for sympathy when it doesn't, inevitably, work out."
Results can be strange.I mean Louth beat Cork and Cork beat Donegal.Mayo on their day are capable of beating any team.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3823 - 02/07/2024 23:41:47    2556634

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Replying To TheFlaker:  "Nonsense. They could easily make a semi final. Not saying they can win Sam but could on their day beat any of the semi finalists this year."
Yes Mayo are capable of beating any team in the country on any given day.Mayo are still a top team.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3823 - 02/07/2024 23:43:43    2556636

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Replying To TheFlaker:  "Nonsense. They could easily make a semi final. Not saying they can win Sam but could on their day beat any of the semi finalists this year."
They failed to beat Galway who are in the semifinal.
I honestly couldn't see them beating Kerry or Donegal.
At a stretch they might take Armagh.
I think you have blinkers on ))

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1803 - 02/07/2024 23:47:23    2556638

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We aren't good enough at the minute. Simple as that. From personal on the field to the management team. Players and teams go in cycles. That's just a fact in amateur sport. That said we are still a division 1 team and making a quarter final should be a minimum. Last year we were walloped by Dublin and this year we didn't even make it there.

We've had a huge turnover of players in the last 2-3 years and the younger lads that have come through and will be coming through will need time.

That said we aren't learning from mistakes in closing out games which is a worry. We need to find another forward or two (left footed). I'd also question the sideline on decisions made this year. Buckley must be with Mayo 10 years now?

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 11331 - 03/07/2024 08:25:38    2556649

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Replying To eoinog:  "They failed to beat Galway who are in the semifinal.
I honestly couldn't see them beating Kerry or Donegal.
At a stretch they might take Armagh.
I think you have blinkers on ))"
Lost to Galway by a point. Could turn them over next year. No blinkers at all. I never make excuses for Mayo on here. But Dublin are not a super power anymore, anyone of 6 or 7 can make the semi finals next year if they get things right. Mayo included.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 7972 - 03/07/2024 10:20:19    2556677

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Replying To yew_tree:  "We aren't good enough at the minute. Simple as that. From personal on the field to the management team. Players and teams go in cycles. That's just a fact in amateur sport. That said we are still a division 1 team and making a quarter final should be a minimum. Last year we were walloped by Dublin and this year we didn't even make it there.

We've had a huge turnover of players in the last 2-3 years and the younger lads that have come through and will be coming through will need time.

That said we aren't learning from mistakes in closing out games which is a worry. We need to find another forward or two (left footed). I'd also question the sideline on decisions made this year. Buckley must be with Mayo 10 years now?"
Mayo big issue seems to be loyalty to players.

Stephen Coen is there 10 years and is solid but unspectacular but when we play ye if he is starting ahead of likes of hession McLaughlin I'm delighted

Jack Carney is a fine player but has 8pts in 16 games but is always selected between 8-15

Compared to Boland who face doesn't fit one bad performance and he's gone

Compared to Flynn Mcdaid tierney ruane there is no end product.

Then there is oshea who for as well as he's played this year at the end of his work there is very little final product unless he wins a free.

jm25 (Galway) - Posts: 1201 - 03/07/2024 11:19:20    2556688

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Replying To TheFlaker:  "Nonsense. They could easily make a semi final. Not saying they can win Sam but could on their day beat any of the semi finalists this year."
Is this the same Mayo team couldn't beat a Derry team in disarray at home 10 days ago?

Less of the delusion when it comes to talk about beating the current semi finalists please.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 899 - 03/07/2024 11:53:39    2556699

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Replying To jm25:  "Mayo big issue seems to be loyalty to players.

Stephen Coen is there 10 years and is solid but unspectacular but when we play ye if he is starting ahead of likes of hession McLaughlin I'm delighted

Jack Carney is a fine player but has 8pts in 16 games but is always selected between 8-15

Compared to Boland who face doesn't fit one bad performance and he's gone

Compared to Flynn Mcdaid tierney ruane there is no end product.

Then there is oshea who for as well as he's played this year at the end of his work there is very little final product unless he wins a free."
I would agree to a certain degree on a lot of that. Mayo do play midfielders in forward roles. Carney has huge potential but as a midfielder. And his confidence has been knocked. J Flynn also a midfielder. Has done well in fairness as a half forward but not his natural position. I have so much respect for O Shea after this year. He was brilliant so won't have him being criticised. Set up tonnes and won any amount of frees. Also agree on Coen.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 7972 - 03/07/2024 11:57:02    2556701

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