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Connacht Gold Cups Preview

18/08/17

It’s a return to cup football this weekend as the Quarter Finals take place in both the Connacht Gold Super & Premier Cups.

In the Connacht Gold Super Cup the eight remaining teams are all from the Super League but the draw has kept the big names apart but there are still four intriguing fixtures to look forward to. 

Castlebar Celtic v Straide & Foxford Utd (Sat 6pm)

One of the standout ties takes place at Celtic Park when Castlebar Celtic hosts Straide & Foxford United. These are the two top scoring sides in the Super League so we can expect plenty of goals in this game. Straide & Foxford have got their season back on track after going through a bad spell during the middle of the season and with star striker John Durkan in fine form they are more than capable of upsetting the cup holders. Celtic have already captured the Westaro Cup and are on a run of seven games without defeat and home advantage might just be enough to see them through to the semi finals.

Ballyglass v Westport United (Sat 6pm)

Two sides with very contrasting league form meet at Michael Keaveney Park when League leaders Westport United take on a Ballyglass side that have only won one of their previous five league games. All this points to a win for John Brennan’s side but a cup tie is a great leveler so Tom Connolly’s will fancy his side’s chances of making the semi finals. A month ago they met in the League and Westport came out on top in a 2-1 win and another close game could be on the cards here.

Achill Rovers v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 6pm)

Achill Rovers only league win this season came at home against Glenhest Rovers at the beginning of the season and a another win over the same opponents would be more than welcome for Martin McGing’s side. Glenhest look like they will just about survive in the Super League for another season as they remain four points above Ballyheane with just three games remaining but their recent poor form means that a win in this game would be the perfect tonic going into their final few games.  

Ballina Town v Ballyheane (Sat 6pm)

Ballina Town’s win over Ballyglass last week finally looks to have ended any relegation fears they may have had and they will be expected to reach the semi finals when they host relegation threatened Ballyheane in Belleek. Dylan McKee has been key a key player for Mick Duffy’s side but others such as Luke Honan and Jamie Cawley have also played their part in getting them clear of the bottom two teams. Ballyheane look like they are heading for the drop this season but they will feel like they have nothing to lose and they will be buoyed from the fact that they drew 3-3 when the sides met earlier in the season.

Connacht Gold Premier Cup

Castlebar Celtic B v Kilmore (Sat 6pm)

Two sides that know each other very well are meeting for the fifth time this season and with two wins each this makes this game one of the ties of the round. Celtic look odds on to win League Two but they have found their opponents on Saturday tough to beat especially at Celtic Park where Kilmore have come out on top on both occasions. Kilmore have to plan without their top goalscorer Sean Brogan and his absence could be the difference in deciding which of these sides progress to the semi finals.

Crossmolina v Ballyhaunis Town (Sun 6pm)

Two of the three Premier Division sides remaining in the Connacht Gold Super Cup meet at Abbeyview as Ballyhaunis make the journey to take on Crossmolina. Both of these sides won promotion to the Premier Division last season and at this stage it is Ballyhaunis that are looking the more likely to remain there. Two weeks ago these sides met at Station Road and Ballyhaunis moved away from the relegation zone with a 4-0 win. Crossmolina have been beaten in their previous five league games but if they could win here and progress to the semi finals they may just get a bit of momentum going into the final three league games of the season.  

Fahy Rovers v Partry Athletic (Sat 6pm)

Two sides in good form meet at Solar 21 Park when Fahy Rovers host Partry Athletic in another interesting Quarter Final clash. Fahy are still in danger of relegation from the Premier League but they have picked up eight points from the last twelve available and look like they will just about do enough to stay up for another season. Partry are also on a good run of form in the League One as they are unbeaten in five league games and they will look to cause a minor upset by making it through to the semi finals on Saturday.

Hollister v Snugboro United (Sat 6pm)

Hollister have had a great season so far but it would be a huge upset if they were to get the better of recently crowned League One Champions Snugboro United. Snugboro sealed the title with a 5-0 win over Mulranny last weekend and are unbeaten in 12 league and cup games as they have been one of the form sides across the entire league this season. Sean Curry has been one of their form players and he goes into this game full of confidence after hitting a hat-trick in that win over Mulranny. It looks as if Hollister will just miss out on promotion from League Two but Vinny Coen’s side are still capable of causing a big upset especially with home advantage.