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2005 All-Ireland champions Ballina avoid Mayo senior football relegation

The county’s most decorated club saw off Westport today.

Relief: Mayo star Ger Cafferky lined out for Ballina.
Relief: Mayo star Ger Cafferky lined out for Ballina.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

2005 AIB ALL-Ireland senior club football champions Ballina Stephenites breathed a huge sigh of relief today as they avoided relegation to the intermediate ranks in Mayo.

Ballina are the county’s most successful club with 36 senior football championship crowns to their name but they needed a 2-7 to 0-10 over Westport in today’s relegation final at Elvery’s MacHale Park to ensure they retain theirs senior status for 2015.

Ballina were in front by 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval with Evan Regan’s goal giving them the advantage but Westport responded and were level with five minutes left at 1-7 to 0-10. However Alex Corduff proved the hero for Ballina, who included county senior Ger Cafferkey in their side, with a last-gasp goal.

Westport, who included Mayo seniors Kevin Keane and Lee Keegan, in their side will now drop down to they intermediate ranks.

Tomorrow the attention in Mayo turns to the county senior football semi-finals with reigning champions Castlebar Mitchels meeting Knockmore at 2pm in Elverys MacHale Park and that will be followed by the clash of Ballintubber and Knockmore at 3.30pm.

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