Mitchels march on

Mitchels march on
Castlebar Mitchels will be hoping not to come unstuck against a Dublin team this year, after their heartbreak defeat to St Vincents in 2014.

The Mitchels are the only one of the four teams to feature at Croke Park this week to have reached the senior final before, but are still chasing their first ever All Ireland title.

Two years ago they lost to Leinster champions St Vincents, with a humbling scoreline of 4-12 to 2-11. This year however, they have defeated six time All Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rovers, the most decorated football club in the country after Nemo Rovers of Cork who have won seven Andy Merrigan cups.

They had to dig deep in a war of attrition to beat the Ulster champions, as the sides drew level on five occasions in the second half before Barry Moran got the winning point with three minutes remaining.

It was an ever-changing battle, with the Mayo team up by three points at halftime, before conceding three unanswered points within four minutes of the second-half.

But Castlebar kept coming back and had to battle hard to earn their Croke Park berth after losing two men to black cards.

Bookmakers currently see their experience as favourable, with Paddy Power giving them odds of 4-9 to win this Thursday.

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