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Weekend Preview 15th/16th July


Solar 21 Park hosts the first two Divisional Cup Finals this weekend as the McDonnell and Touhy Cup Finals take place.

McDonnell Cup Final – Sponsored by McHale Agri, Forest & Garden

Castlebar Celtic B v Kilmore (Sat 6.30pm)

The top two teams in League Two will contest the McDonnell Cup Final at Solar 21 Park on Saturday evening when league leaders Castlebar Celtic B meet Kilmore in what promises to be a very tough game to call. They have met twice already this season where they have a win each but Celtic have won all 8 games they have played since the sides first met in early April. Celtic player manager Bryan Mannion has been in superb form for the Hoops this season and he hit five goals in last weekend’s win over Newport Town. Adam McGowan, Imoh Atoi and Daniel Bridge are also in top form and Patrick Harkins has just been named the May Player of the Month in League Two. Kilmore took a break from Mayo League Football last year and they must be delighted to find themselves back in a final on their return. Kilmore have a very young squad but they can also rely on a few experienced players such as Gerard McDonnell and Kieran Geraghty who were part of their Tonra Cup winning side in 2014. Sean Brogan has been grabbing all the headlines as he has already scored 12 goals this season but they also have some very solid players in the middle of the park where Terence Lavelle, Darren and Ryan Keane have been to the forefront of their success this season. Expect a close game on Saturday and don’t be surprised if extra time is needed to separate these two very even sides.

Touhy Cup Final – Sponsored by McDonnell Construction.

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Crossmolina (Sun 2.30pm)

Kiltimagh/Knock United will be hoping to go one better than last season when they lost in the final to Swinford as they take on Crossmolina in the Touhy Cup Final on Sunday afternoon. At this stage last year they were struggling at the bottom of the Premier League but this year they are looking like the team most likely of challenging Iorras Aontaithe for the League title. They will have to plan without their suspended captain Simon Jordan but they have plenty of other players capable of having a major impact on the result on Sunday. Brendan Walsh and Stephen Wallace have been in terrific form lately but they will know that they will still need their older players such as Gavin Groarke and their experienced goalkeeper Sean Murtagh to perform if they are to come out on the right side of the result this time around. Crossmolina must be thrilled with their first season back in the Premier League and a Divisional Cup Final is a huge bonus to Derek Grehem’s side. Just like Kiltimagh/Knock they have built up a strong squad ethos but they will need players like Ian Gordon, Shane Hennigan and Shane McKinley to be at the top of their game if they are to bring the cup back to Abbey View on Sunday evening. They were dealt a major blow when star player Kevin Campbell picked up an injury in the semi final and his absence could have a major impact on the result.  

Elverys Sports Super League

Ballyglass v Westport United (Sat 7pm)

Westport United have another tough assignment this weekend after last weekend’s crucial win over Manulla moved them to the top of the Super League for the first time this season. Ballyglass are their opponents this time around and they will hope to avoid a repeat of the 3-0 defeat they suffered in Michael Keaveney Park last season. Ballyglass league form has been mixed this year but they are still capable of having a say in the title race as they can be a match for any side on their day.

Manulla v Ballina Town (Sat 7pm)

Manulla will hope to get their title challenge back on track this weekend but they could have done with an easier fixture as a resurgent Ballina Town make the trip to Carramore. Ballina Town had a fine 7-4 win over Straide & Foxford United last weekend and Dylan McKee was their star performer as he struck four goals for Mick Duffy’s side.

Claremorris v Glenhest Rovers (Sun 12pm)

Claremorris will be favourites for their clash with Glenhest Rovers but Mark Peters side will be vary of the threat from Glenhest who did take all three points when these two teams met at Beltra in the first round of fixtures. Glenhest are back out of the relegation zone but it will take a massive performance from George Heneghan’s side if they are to be able to stop the Claremorris goal scoring machine on Sunday morning. Amazingly Glenhest’s last three games have finished 5-2 so don’t rule out another high scoring game in Concannon Park this time around.

Straide & Foxford Utd v Ballyheane (Sun 12pm)

The final game in the Super League takes place at Foxford when relegation threatened Ballyheane travel to Green Road to take on Straide & Foxford United. Straide & Foxford are on a run of four defeats in a row so Ballyheane will be hoping this run continues as they try to put more pressure on Glenhest Rovers who remain two points ahead of them in the race to safety.

Solar 21 League One

Mulranny United v Partry Athletic (Sat 7pm)

After a great start to the season Mulranny United’s promotion challenge was all but ended last weekend when they were well beaten by Manulla B as they failed to win for the 4th league game in a row. Partry on the other hand are beginning to hit the form that was expected of them at the start of the season and they will hope to pick up their third win over Mulranny this season as they prepare for the Tonra Cup Final on Sunday week.

Ballina Town B v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sat 7pm)

A relegation six pointer takes place in Belleek on Saturday evening when Ballina Town B take on Ballyvary Blue Bombers. A win for Ballina will almost certainly mean that Ballyvary will be playing League Two football next season while a win for the Bombers will bring Ballina right back into the relegation mix with just three league games remaining. Neither of these sides are in good form at the moment but home advantage might just be enough to see Ballina more or less secure their League One status for another season.

Conn Rangers B v Ballyglass B (Sun 12pm)

Ballyglass B have now fallen five points behind Snugboro at the top of League One and anything but a win on Sunday could open the door for Manulla B who lie a further four points adrift in third place. Conn Rangers B got their first win of the season last weekend when they put five past Ballyvary Blue Bombers but they will need to win all of their remaining games if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop to League Two.

Manulla B v Snugboro United (Sun 12pm)

Manulla B are back in the hunt for promotion but they will have to end Snugboro’s eight game winning run if they are to have any chance of catching Ballyglass B before the end of the season. Snugboro are one of the form sides in the League and a win on Sunday could see them be the first side to clinch promotion this season with three games to spare. Snugboro have averaged over three goals a game and they also have a mean defence that has only conceded eleven league goals as it looks likely that they will clinch promotion for the second year in a row.