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Connacht Gold Cups Preview

01/09/17

Manulla v Castlebar Celtic

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

Connacht Gold Super Cup 

Westport United v Castlebar Celtic (Sun 1pm)

In the first semi final cup holders Castlebar Celtic will have to get the better of near rivals Westport United in the big game of the day on Sunday afternoon. League leaders Westport look unbeatable on current form as they are on a run of 10 wins in a row including wins over Claremorris and Ballyglass in the two previous rounds of their cup run. Celtic on the other hand have become used to winning cup competitions as they have already won the Westaro Cup this season as well as been the current Connacht Gold Super Cup holders. In recent meetings between the two sides Westport United have tended to come out on top as Celtic have played second fiddle to their fiercest rivals. This season Celtic though have shown they are a match for any side on their day and if they can keep it tight at the back they will fancy been able to get a goal or two at the other end and finally get a win over John Brennan’s side.

Ballina Town v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 1pm)

In the second semi final Ballina Town host Glenhest Rovers in Belleek and even though the home side will be expected to progress to the final they will know that George Heneghan’s side will pose a serious threat as they did when the sides met at the beginning of the league season. Glenhest travelled to Ballina on the first day of the season and won 3-2 but their current run of six defeats in a row suggests they are way off their good early season form. Glenhest have really struggled in front of goal and this will have to change if they are to have any chance of causing an upset. Ballina’s Luke Honan and Dylan McKee are two players in form for Mick Duffy’s side while others like Ciaran Gaughan and Jamie Cawley have also been key to making sure they will be playing Super League football again next season.

Connacht Gold Premier Cup

Ballyhaunis Town v Snugboro United (Sun 1pm)

Cup specialists Ballyhaunis Town have been given a tough draw as they take on League One champions Snugboro United in the first semi final on Sunday afternoon.  Snugboro have been one of the form teams in recent weeks and have already won the Tonra Cup as well as the League One title. Sean Curry has won the Golden Boot in League One for Snugboro but their main strength was their defence who only conceded 14 goals in the league before they were beaten 7-3 last weekend by Ballina Town B in a game that they rested some of their key players. Ballyhaunis have not been prolific in front of goal but in Keith Robinson they have a player of real quality as he has hit 14 of their 29 league goals this season. Robinson is the key player for Ballyhaunis but they will need others like Shane Crinnigan and Robert McCormack to be at their best if they are to create the chances for Robinson to prosper.

Castlebar Celtic B v Fahy Rovers (Sun 3.30pm)

The second semi final takes place later on Sunday when local rivals Castlebar Celtic B and Fahy Rovers meet at Celtic Park. Celtic have already got two trophies in the bag after adding the League Two title to their McDonnell Cup win earlier in the season. Celtic B are in good form at the minute with player manager Bryan Mannion adding another four goals to his tally last weekend and others like Adam McGowan and Nicky Canning also putting in some impressive performances that will give them the believe that they can progress to the final. Fahy just like Ballyhaunis Town are in danger of relegation from the Premier League but they have given themselves a real chance of survival with some impressive results of late. John Keane is their main threat of goals but players like Jonathon Beckett, Darren Creaby and Richie Needham have also been in fine form as they moved out of the relegation zone in recent weeks.

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