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Connacht Gold Cup Quarter Finals Preview


Partry Athletic v Kilmore - 08/07/18

There’s a break from league action this weekend as the Connacht Gold Cups reach the Quarter Final stage.

Connacht Gold Super Cup Quarter Finals

Castlebar Celtic v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 6.30pm)                                                                                                                                                      Premier League side Glenhest Rovers face a tough task as they make the short journey to Celtic Park to take on Castlebar Celtic. Celtic put an end to a four game losing streak as they drew with Westport United last weekend and with home advantage they would be favourites to make it through to the semi finals. Glenhest are going through a difficult part of the season as they have lost their last two league games and have fallen out of the promotion places in the Premier League.

Kiltimagh/Knock Utd v Westport Utd (Sat 6.30pm)
Kiltimagh/Knock United will go into this game believing they have every chance of causing an upset when Westport United visit CMS Park on Saturday evening. Darren Browne’s goal was the difference between these two sides when they met in the league just two weeks ago as John Russell’s side took all three points at United Park. Kiltimagh/Knock are having a decent debut season in the Super League but still find themselves in the relegation zone as they have struggled to score goals on a regular basis. Westport will be unhappy with how their season as gone and this Cup now gives them their only realistic chance of picking up some domestic silverware this season.

Ballina Town v Ballyglass (Sun 12.30pm)

Ballina Town put the league defeat to Claremorris behind them last weekend with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Ballyglass in the Westaro Cup semi-final and the two sides meet again on Sunday afternoon in the second of three meeting in three weeks. Ballina recently added Dylan Edwards to the squad and the former Boyle Celtic hitman has already scored five goals in his first three games for Mick Duffy’s side. Ballyglass are finding life tough at the moment and they have struggled to replace Jp O’Gorman goals. They are still fighting a relegation battle so the distraction of cup football might not be ideal at the present time.

Claremorris v Westport United B (Sun 12.30pm)
Westport United B caused a major upset in the previous round when they knocked Super League side Ballyheane out of the cup. Since then they have got a few wins in the Premier Division but they face a huge task on Sunday when they take Claremorris who are one of the form sides in the Super League. Claremorris will go into the game full of confidence after that shock win over Ballina Town a few weeks ago and they are now unbeaten in seven games in all competitions and their right back Harvey O’Brien has just been named the Young Player of the Month for June.

Connacht Gold Premier Cup Quarter Finals
Manulla B v Ballina Town B (Sat 6.30pm)

Another two sides that met last weekend are meeting again this weekend as Manulla B and Ballina Town B come head to head for the third time in a month. Ballina Town B won the first of those ties to progress to the Tonra cup final but Manulla got revenge last weekend to move five points clear of their opponents at the top of League One. Manulla came away with a 2-0 win in that game but the tie was in the balance right up to the end when Alan McHale scored Manulla’s second goal in injury time.

Partry Athletic v Ballyhaunis Town (Sat 6.30pm)
Ballyhaunis Town are the clear favourites to make the semi finals as the Premier Division side have been in top form in recent weeks. They have scored 40 goals in their 11 league outings so far this season with goals coming from all over the pitch but players like Gary Higgins, Dayo Adex and Keith Robinson leading the scoring charts for Tommy Page’s side. Partry on the other hand are finding it really hard to find the net but they will be buoyed by their win over Kilmore in the league last weekend that has given them a real chance of survival in League One.

Crossmolina v Snugboro United (Sun 12.30pm)
The form side across all four divisions is Snugboro United as they have won all off their last twelve games in all competitions. Last weekend they moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win over Glenhest Rovers and they will be heavy favourites to make the semi finals when they make the journey to Abbeyview on Sunday afternoon. They are very strong at the back and have also found goals easy to come by as they have continued on their form of recent seasons where they have had two successive promotions and they also reached the final of this competition last year. Crossmolina though will make life tough for Aaron Curry’s side but if their recent league form is anything to go by they will have to step up their level of performance if they are to have any chance of making the semi finals.