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Weekend Preview 11th to 13th May


There’s a full round of league fixtures across the top three divisions while the McDonnell Cup gets underway on Saturday evening.

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Ballyglass v Iorras Aontaithe (Sat 6.30 pm)
Ballyglass won’t be happy with the start they have made to the season as they have only picked up one-win from their opening five games as they find themselves at the wrong end of the table. On Saturday they will fancy their chances of getting a second victory as Iorras Aontaithe visit Michael Keaveney Park. Iorras are still looking for their first points of the season but they may think their season starts now as they have already played the top five sides in the division and their next few games are against the teams at the other end of the table. They will need to keep tabs the League’s top scorer Jp O’Gorman who already has eight league goals if they are to get off the mark this weekend.

Claremorris v Westport United (Sat 6.30pm)
Claremorris have found themselves in the relegation zone after Kiltimagh/Knock United picked up a win over Ballyheane last weekend. On Saturday they come up against the champions Westport United who remain unbeaten after their opening four league games. John Russell has settled in well at Westport as he has continued to use plenty of the younger members of his squad with Peter Corcoran, Mikey O’Brien and Brandon Scahill showing some very good early season form. Claremorris will need to see Dean Roddy and Andy Peters at their best if they are to have any chance of taking any points from the Champions.

Straide & Foxford United v Manulla (Sat 6.30pm)
Probably the biggest game of the weekend takes place in Carramore as Manulla take on Straide & Foxford United. Straide & Foxford have once again had a great start to the season as the attacking players in their squad have been at the top of their game. John Durkan is their key player up front but he’s had plenty of help from others like Daniel Gorman, Michael Guilfoyle and Johnnie Cocozza. Manulla form on the other hand has been very indifferent so far as they have only one win in the league but they did knock Westport United out of the Westaro Cup. The addition of four Brazilians to the squad seemed to pay dividends early on but they will need to rediscover that form if they are to get another win on Saturday evening.

Ballina Town v Kiltimagh/Knock United (Sun 11am)
Kiltimagh/Knock United picked up a vital three points last weekend as they got their first win of the season against Ballyheane. On Sunday morning they face the difficult task of taking on the League leaders Ballina Town in Belleek. Ballina form so far this year has been really impressive as Mick Duffy’s side have continued the form they showed at the end of last season. Brendan Lavelle has seven league goals so far this year but the introduction of Fabiano Macario to the squad recently has also been key as he has scored three goals in their last two games. Kiltimagh/Knock’s home form as been good so far and if they can improve their away form they will have a great chance of having a good debut season in the top division. Brian Moley and Liam Groarke got the goals in the win last weekend, but they have relied on good team performances so far as they have picked up five points from their opening five games.

Castlebar Celtic v Ballyheane (Sun 11am)
Castlebar Celtic moved just two points behind Ballina Town at the top of the table with an impressive 4-1 win over Ballyglass last weekend. Ger O’Boyle’s second half hat-trick was the highlight of that game as Celtic made short work of Tom Connolly’s side who had led 1-0 at the break. Ballyheane will be disappointed to have lost to Kiltimagh/Knock United last weekend but the win over Manulla two weeks ago will give Joe Redmond and his side hope that they can make this season a much more comfortable than the last few have been.

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Achill Rovers v Glenhest Rovers (Fri 9.15pm)

If Achill Rovers are to challenge for promotion they will need to take something from this game on Saturday evening when Glenhest rovers are the visitors to Fr. O’Brien Park. They were very impressive last weekend in their 5-0 win over Fahy Rovers as they picked up their first home win of the season. Mark Davitt is their key man in the middle of the pitch, but other like Chris Western and Anthony McHugh have also shown glimpses of what they can do as they have put in some excellent performances. Glenhest are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League where Damian Walsh’s side have conceded only four goals in their opening five games. They have also looked good at the other end of the pitch with Kevin Warde and Cathal Chambers been their chief goalscorers so far.

Bangor Hibs v Fahy Rovers (Sat 6.30pm)
Two sides that are really struggling to score goals meet in Ballybeg Park on Saturday evening when Bangor Hibs take on Fahy Rovers. Both sides suffered heavy defeats last weekend so this game offers them the perfect chance to get their season back on track. Hibs were missing a few key players in that game and they will need some of them back in the side if they are to get anything from this game. Fahy had been hard to beat so far this season before last week’s heavy defeat in Achill where the concession of two early penalties helped Martin Fadian’s side to a 5-0 win.

Ballyhaunis Town v Ballyglass B (Sun 11am)
Ballyhaunis Town will be heavy favourites for this early morning clash on Sunday morning as they aim to stay in the promotion places after a great start to the season. As well as been the top scorers in the division they have also put together a strong defensive unit that has only conceded four goals so far this season. Ballyglass B have only got one point on the board and it’s hard to see that changing this weekend but a good performance from Ray Prendergast’s side might set them up for their upcoming games where they will fancy their chances of getting their first win of the season.

Snugboro United v Conn Rangers (Sun 12.30pm)
Conn Rangers will go into this game with confidence after a very good win over Bangor Hibs last weekend where Luke Ruane, Eoin Prendergast and Owen McNamara were key to that victory. They like to play the ball on the ground and if they continue to play as they did in that win they won’t be in a relegation battle for much longer. Snugboro have continued their excellent form from the last two seasons as they are in joint second place after five games as they aim to achieve a third promotion in a row.

Westport United B v Swinford (Sun 11am)

Liam Foy’s side will have to get over the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat in the Connacht Shield Final as they travel to Westport to take on the bottom side in the Premier League. Westport B have found the going very tough so far this season as they are still looking to pick up their first points of the season. They have struggled to get a settled side on the pitch and this will be key if they are to get themselves in with a chance of getting out of the relegation zone. Swinford couldn’t have asked for a better game after last weekend’s final defeat as they look to get their promotion challenge back on track.

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Castlebar Celtic B v Ballina Town B (Sat 6.30pm)

Castlebar Celtic B are still looking for their first win of the season as Ballina Town B make the journey to Celtic Park on Saturday evening. Celtic have really struggled after winning promotion from League Two last season as Bryan Mannion’s side only point came against Partry Athletic. Ballina Town B will be happy enough with their start to the season and a win here could see them move back into the promotion spots. Shane Devers and Dale Hopkins are the real threats going forward for Philly Devers side but Jason Muldoon has also been one of their star performers so far.

Crossmolina v Partry Athletic (Sat 6.30pm)
Partry Athletic look like they will be in a relegation fight but a few wins in a row could change their outlook and see them move closer to the teams challenging at the other end of the table. On Saturday they face a tough encounter as they travel to Abbeyview to take on Crossmolina. Crossmolina have had a slightly better start to the season and have picked up a couple of big wins along the way. Khalafalla Khalafalla has been a huge addition to their squad as he and others like Shane Hennigan and Kevin Campbell have found the net regularly. 

Killala v Manulla B (Sun 11am)
The top two sides in League One meet at The Courthouse on Sunday morning as Manulla B look to maintain their 100% start to the season when they take on second place Killala. Manulla B have had a great spread of goals from all over the pitch with Shane Durkan, MJ Canavan and veteran Roger Clarke all on the scoresheet while they have also impressed at the back with young netminder Cormac Henry in top form. Killala’s change in fortunes came as Rory Gallagher returned to the squad but others like Kyle McLoughlin and Kevin Whyte have also helped as they have moved into second place.

Mulranny United v Kilmore (Sun 11am)

Another tough game to call is the other early Sunday morning kick-off in League One when Mulranny United take on Kilmore. Both sides have only one win so far this year so this game could already be a crucial one to keep them away from the two sides below them. Mulranny are finding it difficult to find the net and they need the likes of Adrian Grealis and Niall Muldoon to step up to the mark and start finding the target on a regular basis. Sean Brogan is Kilmore’s main attacking threat but it’s at the other end of the pitch that they need to improve on where they have already conceded nine goals in their opening four games.

McDonnell Cup Round 1
Hollister v Newport Burrishoole (Sat 6.30pm)

These two sides already met in the League when Hollister recorded a narrow 3-2 victory as they maintained their 100% start in League Two. Hollister will be favourites to make the semi finals but as we all know a cup tie can bring the best out of any side. Hollister are top of League Two and remain unbeaten in the League while Newport have had a difficult start with only one win from their opening four games. Home advantage could be key for Vinny Coen’s side as they aim to inflict another defeat on their opponents who they got the better of four times last season as well as the early season win this year.