Bal­ly­mote look­ing for­ward to Con­nacht fi­nal de­cider with La­hardane on Sun­day

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THIS Sun­day will be a his­toric one for Bal­ly­mote GAA as their men line out in their first ever Con­nacht fi­nal. Gerry Mon­aghan’s charges take on La­hardane of Mayo in the Con­nacht Ju­nior de­cider in MacHale Park, Castle­bar, on Sun­day at 2pm.

It’s a big oc­ca­sion for the club and the play­ers and man­age­ment are gear­ing up for what should be a mo­men­tous day for Bal­ly­mote.

Gerry said the team is well pre­pared head­ing into the fi­nal on Sun­day, say­ing the side has a good mix­ture of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence.

He added: “Things are shap­ing up well. I think we are in with a great chance, this is a great team and should do it.

“We have a panel of 25 play­ers and this is the first time a team from Bal­ly­mote is in the Con­nacht fi­nal so it’s a great oc­ca­sion for the club.

“I’ve been here since De­cem­ber and it’s a great achieve­ment for them. I know it’s Ju­nior but that’s the level we’re at.

“Bal­ly­mote have been go­ing well re­cently and we are ex­pect­ing a good crowd of sup­port­ers. The big thing is when Sligo teams take on Mayo teams there’s this sort of con­crete block, but we be­lieve we can beat them and get over the line. We are well tuned for Sun­day.”

He said La­hardane, man­aged by John Maughan, have some good play­ers too. “I was watch­ing the video of their county fi­nal to get the home­work done on them. We’ve a good blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence, the likes of Michael Doddy, Daniel Clarke, Rob­bie Fahy, Stephen Ross, Peter Lyons along with Niall Bren­nan and Jack Hever to name a few, so we’re look­ing for­ward to it,” he added.

Bal­ly­mote are in their first ever Con­nacht fi­nal on Sun­day in MacHale Park.

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