The Neale’s Matthew Murphy tries to get past Garrymore’s Kenneth Lydon during their Connacht Gold Mayo SFC round two game. Both teams have contrasting objectives in round three. Photo: Conor McKeown

Mayo GAA championships round three dates, times and venues announced

The dates, times and venues for the third round games in the Mayo GAA senior, intermediate and junior football championships have been revealed.

Each club in the senior and intermediate championships has played one home and one away game, but the third round games revert to neutral venues.

The situation is slightly different in the junior championship, with fewer clubs involved, but a number of teams will be in neutral venues too.

The games will be played over the weekend of October 15, 16 and 17.

Both games in Group 1 of the Connacht Gold SFC will be played on Sunday, October 17, at 4 p.m., with Ballintubber facing Claremorris in Hollymount and Davitts taking on Ballina Stephenites in Charlestown, with the Stephenites favourites, though far from certain, to join Ballintubber in the quarterfinals.

In Group 2, both games will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, when Knockmore clash with Charlestown in Breaffy and Belmullet play Aghamore in Ballina. If Charlestown avoid defeat, they will join Belmullet in the knockout stages and defending champions Knockmore will be out of the senior title race.

Ballaghaderreen and Castlebar Mitchels are fighting for second place in Group 3 and they will play under lights in Aghamore on Friday, October 15, at 8 p.m. Westport, already qualified for the quarterfinals, and Balla, certain to be in the relegations playoffs, face each other in Crossmolina at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16.

Group 4 is the most straightforward group. The two teams who have already qualified for the last eight, Garrymore and Breaffy, face each other for the right to top the group in the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, Bekan, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, while Kiltane and The Neale will be fighting to avoid the relegation playoffs when they square up on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. in Castlebar.

In Group 1 of the Egan Jewellers IFC, Parke are safely through to the quarterfinals ahead of their game against relegation-threatened Swinford on Saturday, October 16, at 3 p.m. in Kiltimagh. The Bohola Moy Davitts v Bonniconlon game at 12 p.m. in Parke on Sunday, October 17, is a straight fight for second place in the group.

Mayo Gaels will top Group 2 regardless of what happens against Lahardane, who have a relegation battle on their hands. Their game will be played on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. in Westport. The crucial game in this group for last eight qualification is Hollymount/Carramore v Burrishoole, which will be played in Clogher at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 16.

Both games in Group 3 will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 17. There's a lot to play for in this group, so there will be plenty of interest in the games as Ardnaree face Kilmaine in Swinford and Kiltimagh take on Louisburgh in Knockmore.

In Group 4, Ballyhaunis and Castlebar Mitchels B will be looking for second place when they clash in Ballindine at 12 p.m. on Sunday, October 17. Later that day, at 3 p.m., Balla is the venue for the Ballinrobe v Crossmolina Deel Rovers game, on which nothing hinges as Crossmolina are through to the last eight and Ballinrobe are in the relegation playoffs.

Meanwhile, the TF Royal Theatre Exclusive JFC round three games are as follows: Group 1 – Ardagh v Kilmeena, Sunday, October 17, at 3 p.m. in Newport, Tourmakeady v Kilfian, Sunday, October 17, at 4 p.m. in Foxford; Group 2 – Kilmovee v Achill, Saturday, at 4 p.m. in Achill; Group 3 – Ballycastle v Moygownagh, Sunday, October 17, at 1 p.m. in Lacken, Shrule/Glencorrib v Eastern Gaels, Sunday, October 17, at 1 p.m. in Garrymore; Group 4 – Islandeady v Ballycroy, Saturday, October 16, at 4 p.m. in Islandeady.