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Weekend Preview - 15th/16th September

14/09/18

Straide & Foxford United v Ballina Town - 09/09/18

The Premier Division title is up for grabs on Sunday morning while the focus in the Super League will be on the relegation battle between Ballyheane and Kiltimagh/Knock United.

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Ballina Town v Westport United (Sat 5.30pm)

Westport United need just a point to secure second place in the Super League but this will be a very difficult task when they visit the recently crowned League Champions on Saturday evening. Ballina though seen determined to remain unbeaten for the rest of the season as they prepare for the Connacht Gold Super Cup Final and the external cups. Westport had a big win over Castlebar Celtic last weekend as John Russell’s side kept another clean sheet to move six points clear of their local rivals


Ballyglass v Straide & Foxford United (Sat 5.30pm)
There is noting at stake when these two midtable sides meet on Saturday evening but Straide & Foxford United will be looking to get their win in seven matches as they have found it tough to keep their early season form going. Ballyglass were in relegation trouble a few weeks ago but seven points from their last nine available has ensured they will be playing Super League football again next season.

Castlebar Celtic v Manulla (Sat 5.30pm)

Castlebar Celtic inconsistent season continued last weekend as they fell to a 2-0 defeat in Westport to more or less end their chances of getting that important second place. When these sides met earlier in the season Manulla won 2-0 in Carramore so Celtic will be looking to reverse that result as their local rivals make the short journey to Celtic Park.

Claremorris v Kiltimagh/Knock United (Sun 2.30pm)
The big issue at the bottom of the table is to see who will join Iorras Aontaithe in the Premier Division next season. Kiltimagh/Knock United moved a step closer to survival last weekend with a win over Paul Reilly’s side but they will still know they are far from safe with the possibility of a winner takes all battle with Ballyheane on the final day of the season. On Sunday they face an inform Claremorris side who themselves will be aiming to finish in third position as Mark Peters young side prepare for the external cups in the coming months.

Iorras Aontaithe v Ballyheane (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyheane could be relegated on Sunday afternoon if they fail to beat Iorras Aontiathe and Kiltimagh/Knock United pick up a point against Claremorris. To bring the relegation battle down to the last day of the season they must match the result of Aidan Flatley’s side. They are finding wins very hard to come by in recent months and their last victory came back in the middle of May when they beat Westport United. They have picked up only three points since then but they did pick up very creditable draws against Westport United and Straide & Foxford United.

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Achill Rovers v Conn Rangers (Sun 11.30am)

Conn Rangers more or less ended their relegation fears with a win over Westport United B last weekend and they now need just a point to ensure their survival in the Premier Division. On Sunday they travel to Fr. O’Brien Park to take on Achill Rovers who have only picked up one point out of the last nine but they have sat in a safe midtable position for the past few weeks. Conn Rangers have a very young side and look like they are beginning to gel together rat the right time of the season.

Ballyhaunis Town v Snugboro United (Sun 11.30am)

The biggest game of the weekend takes place at Station Rise as the top two in the Premier League meet in a game that can decide a number of issues at the top of the table. Ballyhaunis currently trail Snugboro by four points and could bring the title race down to the last game of the season if they pick up the three points on Sunday morning. A win will confirm their promotion to the Super League while a loss could open the door for Swinford to catch them on the final day of the season. Snugboro’s winning run was finally halted last weekend by Bangor Hibs and they will be determined to pick up at least a point that will see them being crowned champions.

Bangor Hibs v Swinford (Sun 11.30am)
Bangor Hibs caused one of the shocks of the season last weekend as they ended Snugboro’s nineteen game winning run as Jimmy Flannery’s side got their first win in five games. Pat McHale’s return in goal was a major factor in the result as he made some excellent saves to deny a normally potent Snugboro attack. Swinford will be aiming to keep the pressure on Ballyhaunis Town as they aim to reduce the four point gap between the two sides as they fight it put for the second promotion spot. Peter McNicholas, Martin Murphy and Joe Slevin have been their key players in the last few weeks and add in Paddy O’Donnell and they have a real exciting four man attack that has troubled many a defence this season.

Glenhest Rovers v Ballyglass B (Sun 11.30am)
Glenhest Rovers showed real courage last weekend as they returned to football as they fought back on three occasions against Swinford only to be beaten by a last minute goal by the East Mayo side. They are still mathematically in the race for promotion but in reality it would take a strange set of results to make that happen. On Sunday they face Ballyglass B who must win if they are to have any chance of catching Conn Rangers in eight place. They trail the North Mayo side by six points with two games remaining in look like they will be making an instant return to League One.

Westport United B v Fahy Rovers (Sun 11.30am)
Fahy Rovers put a huge dent in the promotion hopes of Ballyhaunis Town as they came from two down to draw with Tommy Page’s side. They have been one of the form sides in the division in recent weeks as they picked up ten points out of the last fifteen to end any fears they had of relegation. On Sunday they make the short journey to United Park to take on local rivals Westport United B who’s relegation was confirmed last weekend as their long standing stay in the second tier of Mayo football came to an end.

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