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Connacht Gold Cup Quarter Finals Review


  • Castlebar Celtic v Glenhest Rovers - 14/07/18
  • Ballina Town v Ballyglass - 14/07/2018
  • Castlebar Celtic v Glenhest Rovers - 14/07/18
  • Ballina Town v Ballyglass - 14/07/2018

There were no major surprise results in the weekend's Connacht Gold Cup Quarter Finals as Ballina Town, Castlebar Celtic, Claremorris and Westport Utd progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Super Cup

Connacht Gold Super Cup                                                                                                                                                                                

Castlebar Celtic came from a goal behind at half time to record a 3-1 win over Premier Division side Glenhest Rovers to progress to the semi-finals. After going a goal behind in the first half Nicky Canning had them on level terms immediately after the break before veteran Eamon Creane put the home side in front eight minutes later. The next goal was always going to be crucial and it fell to Celtic when Corey Scahill got Celtic’s third with ten minutes to go.

Westport United needed extra time to get past the challenge of Kiltimagh/Knock United in a fiercely contested tie on Saturday evening. After a goalless first half Westport went in front with twenty minutes remaining when Darren Browne finished brilliantly from inside the area when he got on the end of right wing cross from Adam Mulchrone. Kiltimagh/Knock though were back on level terms ten minutes later when Liam Groarke calmly slotted home a penalty after Brian Morley was fouled in the box. The tie went to extra time and Jesper Frisch scored a goal in each half to secure his side’s place in the semi-final. Frisch kept his cool to finish past Niall Walshe in the Kiltimagh/United goal three minutes into the first half and he sealed the win with an excellent finish on the volley just two minutes into the second half of extra time.

On Sunday Westport United B were unable to cause a second shock result as they were beaten 5-1 away to a very strong Claremorris side. Mark Peters side put in a very workmanlike performance to progress to the semi-finals. Danny Broderick scored twice with the other goals coming from Danny Barry, Simon Butler and Oisin Brady.

Ballina Town also made it to the semi-finals with a second win in a week over Ballyglass after last weekend’s victory in the Westaro Cup. It was a much closer game this time around but Mick Duffy’s side progressed by four goals to one. Jamie Cawley replaced the missing Benny Lavelle in the starting eleven and he impressed by hitting two goals with Dylan McKee and Fabiano Macario also on target for the North Mayo side.

Connacht Gold Premier Cup
In the Connacht Gold Premier Cup Ballyhaunis Town continued to score goals for fun as they put seven past Partry Athletic on Saturday evening. The top league goalscorers across all four divisions were once again in top form as they were much too strong for the League One side. Dayo Adex hit two with the other goals coming from Alan Canny, Samson King, Gary Higgins, Hamood Althobhaney and an unfortunate own goal.

Manulla B recorded a second successive 2-0 win over Ballina Town B to move a step closer to another cup final at Solar 21 Park. The win last week moved Manulla five points clear of Ballina at the top of League One and they rubbed salt in the wounds with another good performance on Saturday evening as manager of the month for June Mossy Lally guided his side to another semi final.

Snugboro United made it thirteen wins in a row as they won 5-2 away to League One side Crossmolina on Sunday afternoon. Despite going behind early on Aaron Curry’s side recovered to lead 3-1 at the break. Alan Lyons, Jason Ormsby and Jonathon Duffy got their goals in the first half and they also had a penalty saved from Enda Lavelle. Crossmolina though did get the next goal after half-time but as Crossmolina pushed for an equaliser, Snugboro found more space in the Crossmolina defence with Alan Lyons grabbing his second with a great individual run before Robert Ehlert slotted home the final goal to complete the scoring.