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Weekend Preview 12th/13th August

11/08/17

Iorras Aontaithe and Snugboro United could be crowned champions this weekend while Westport continue to lead the Super League with four rounds of games remaining.

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Castlebar Celtic v Claremorris (Sat 6.30pm)

Castlebar Celtic have an outside chance of catching the league leaders Westport United but finishing in second is a more realistic target at this stage for Conor O’Grady’s side. Claremorris were the side that put a huge dent in the Hoops title challenge earlier in the season when they won 3-2 at Concannon Park where Derek Glynn was the star of the show and the former League Of Ireland striker is still banging in the goals as he scored a double in his side’s 2-0 win over Ballyglass recently. Celtic are on a four game winning streak and their recent form should be enough to see them pick up the three points on offer on Saturday evening.

Straide & Foxford United v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 6.30pm)

One more league win should be enough to ensure that Glenhest Rovers will be playing Super League football again next season and George Heneghan’s side will be hoping that they manage to pick up that win when they visit Green Road on Saturday evening. Glenhest had a big win against Claremorris in their last away game when Kevin Ward hit four goals but Straide & Foxford will present a much tougher task as they aim to finish in the top 4 in their first season back in the Super League. John Durkan has been in scintillating form recently and the division’s top goalscorer will be hoping to add to his tally as he aims to win the Golden Boot award.

Ballina Town v Ballyglass (Sun 2.30pm)

Ballina Town’s indifferent league form has still left them in a slight risk of relegation but in reality one more win should ensure that they will be playing Super League football again next season. On Sunday they meet Ballyglass who look odds on to finish mid table but they will have to plan for the game in Belleek without the suspended Matthew Hamilton and Jp O’Gorman. In the earlier league meeting of these two sides Ballyglass claimed a 3-2 win and plenty of goals look a certainty once again this time around.

Manulla v Achill Rovers (Sun 2.30pm)

If Manulla are to have any chance of catching Westport United they are probably going to have to win their last four league games and they look odds on to pick up one of those wins when Achill Rovers are the visitors to Carramore on Sunday. Rovers picked up a point last time out at home to Straide & Foxford United but having picked up only one point away from home so far this season a win for Manulla seems the most likely outcome.

Westport United v Ballyheane (Sun 2.30pm)

Westport United are aiming for their eight win in a row on Sunday afternoon as they continue to set the pace at the top of the Super League. David Hoban was back amongst the goals last time out when they had a crucial 2-1 win away to Ballina Town where Hoban scored both goals. Ballyheane hopes of avoiding relegation have taken a blow in recent games as they have only picked up one point from twelve as they slip closer to the drop.

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Bangor Hibs v Kiltimagh/Knock Utd (Sat 6.30pm)

Bangor Hibs have been drawn into the relegation battle in recent weeks and a home game against promotion chasing Kiltimagh/Knock United is not the ideal fixture for Jimmy Flannery’s side as they aim to get their first win in four. A defeat for Kiltimagh/Knock would give Swinford the chance to close the gap on them to a solitary point and would also present Iorras with the opportunity to clinch the title when they face Ballyhaunis Town on Sunday.

Killala v Swinford (Sat 6.30pm)

Just like in the previous game these two sides will be desperate for the points for different reasons as Swinford aim to catch Kiltimagh/Knock United and Killala look to move off the bottom of the table. Swinford brilliant start to the season was ended by Killala when these sides met earlier in the season and Swinford will know that defeat on Saturday will make it very difficult for them to catch Aiden Flatley’s side while Killala now find themselves at the foot of the table and they are running out of games to starve off the threat of relegation.

Crossmolina v Fahy Rovers (Sun 12pm)

Both of these sides are also in real danger of relegation and both will see this game as the ideal opportunity to move up the league table. A win for either side will go a long way to ensuring they spend another season in the Premier League while a defeat will put a big dent in their survival hopes. Crossmolina have suffered defeat in their last four league games and they don’t look like turning the corner while Fahy have picked up five points from the last nine available to move just above the relegation zone.

Iorras Aontaithe v Ballyhaunis Town (Sun 2.30pm)

Two weeks ago Iorras Aontaithe secured their return to the Super League with a brilliant 5-2 win away to Kiltimagh/Knock United and a win on Sunday will see them move a step closer to wrapping up the league title. Ballyhaunis Town are the visitors to Carne Nash on Sunday and they will be aiming to end the home side’s unbeaten run and get the win themselves that will almost certainly guarantee them another season in the Premier League. Ballyhaunis should be happy with their first season in the Premier League as they currently look to have done enough to remain there for another season.    

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Ballina Town B v Ballyglass B (Sat 6.30pm)

Two weeks ago Ballyglass B clinched promotion to the Premier League and they still have a shot at winning the title if they can bridge the three point gap between themselves and Snugboro United in the last two league games. A trip to Belleek is always a tough task but on Saturday Ballina Town B will be aiming to move away from the relegation zone so Ballyglass will have to be at their best if they are to continue their pursuit of Snugboro.  John Walsh is the joint top scorer in the league and the Ballyglass striker will be looking to add to his tally and keep his side in contention for the title going into the last game of the season at the end of the month.

                                                    

Ballyvary Blue Bombers v Manulla B (Sat 6.30pm)

Ballyvary Blue Bombers are level on points with Ballina Town B in the fight for survival and with an away trip to Partry to follow in their final game they could really do with picking up the three points against local rivals Manulla B on Saturday evening. Manulla B have nothing to play for as they sit comfortably in third position but Ballyvary will be expecting a tough game against Mossy Lally’s side. When the sides met earlier in the season a Roger Clarke double was the difference between the two sides as Manulla won 3-2 and another close game is expected this time around but Ballyvary know another defeat could push them one step closer to relegation.

Conn Rangers B v Partry Athletic (Sat 6.30pm)

Conn Rangers B will be playing League Two football next season as their relegation was confirmed two weeks ago. On Saturday they host Partry Athletic who also have little or nothing to prove in their final two league games but Neil Donnelly’s side are still in the Connacht Gold Premier Cup and they will be keen to put in a good performance on Saturday before they face Fahy Rovers in a week time.

Snugboro United v Mulranny Utd (Sun 12pm)

There is only one game on Sunday in League One when Snugboro could possibly wrap up the title if they beat Mulranny United and Ballyglass fail to pick up the three points away to Ballina Town B the previous evening. Snugboro are unbeaten in their previous 9 league games and looks odds on to win the title but any slip up could leave the door open for an in-form Ballyglass B side.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two

Kilmore v Hollister (Sat 6.30pm)

The two sides that are chasing the second promotion spot in League Two meet in Drum on Saturday evening when Kilmore take on Hollister for the final time this season. Hollister have moved into second place after picking up three wins in a row but they won’t relish the trip to Kilmore where they have already been beaten on two occasions this season. Danny Langdon is the man in form for Hollister and they will need their star performer to be at his best if they are to get the better of a strong Kilmore outfit. Kilmore know a win in this game will put them in a great position for promotion and after their fantastic result against Castlebar Celtic B last time out they will fancy their chances of taking all three points especially at home.  

Newport Town v Kiltimagh/Knock United B (Sun 12pm)

The meeting of the bottom two sides in the division takes place on Sunday morning as Kiltimagh/Knock United B continue to search for their first win of the season. Kiltimagh/Knock picked up their only point of the season when these two sides met earlier in the season and both sides will now be planning for next season as they move closer to the end of this season.

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