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Weekend Preview 1st/2nd July


Bangor Hibs v Crossmolina in the Touhy Cup

It’s another full round of league fixtures this weekend with some big games at the top and bottom of all four divisions.

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Castlebar Celtic v Ballina Town (Sun 12pm)

Castlebar Celtic know that to have any chance of winning the league they cannot afford any more slip ups as they chase down Westport United and Manulla at the top of the table. The Westaro Cup Finalists have a tough assignment on Sunday morning when Ballina Town visit Celtic Park. Every time Ballina look like they are about to pull away from the teams in the relegation zone they seem to go on a bad run and they are currently only three points above the dropzone. A Ben Murphy strike was the difference between these two sides when Celtic won 1-0 earlier in the season and home advantage should be enough to see Conor O’Grady’s side pick up all three points.

Claremorris v Ballyheane (Sun 12pm)

Claremorris are currently lying mid table in the Super League but have a side capable of beating anyone on their day. Derek Glynn and last season’s top goalscorer Dean Roddy are finding the net regularly and Mark Peters side are only behind Castlebar Celtic in the goals scored column this year. Ballyheane will need to be at their best if they are to get a result in Concannon Park but their recent form shows they will be hard to beat as they moved out of the relegation zone with a win over Glenhest Rovers.

Straide & Foxford Utd v Westport Utd (Sun 2.30pm)

Straide & Foxford United’s title challenge has faltered in recent weeks but Paul Large’s side are still performing brilliantly on their return to the Super League. Paul Fitzpatrick is now back in the side and Straide & Foxford will need their top players on form if they are to take anything from this game against the reigning champions. The sides drew 3-3 earlier in the season as Westport struggled early on but they have now put together an eight game unbeaten league run that has moved them to within two points of Manulla at the top of the table.

Ballyglass v Manulla (Sun 3pm)

League leaders Manulla face a stern test on Sunday when they make the short journey to Michael Keaveney Park to take on local rivals Ballyglass. They are up against a Ballyglass side that are unbeaten in their last five games and that run included a 3-1 victory over Manulla in the Connacht Gold Super Cup. Jp O’Gorman has rediscovered his goal scoring boots of late but at the other end of the pitch Ballyglass will need to be wary of the threat of Manulla’s Anthony Elding who has been the in-form player in the Super League in recent weeks.

Glenhest Rovers v Achill Rovers (Sun 3pm)

Beltra is the venue for the proverbial ‘6 pointer’ on Sunday when Glenhest Rovers host Achill Rovers in a must win game for both sides. Achill are four points below Ballyheane in 8th position so a win on Sunday is a must if they are to give themselves a fighting chance of surviving on their return to the top division. Glenhest are just above Achill and they are also in the need of a win as they have failed to pick up a point in their last five league games. A draw is probably on the cards but one thing for sure is we can expect a close game like they had in the Valley when Achill came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. 

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League

Bangor Hibs v Crossmolina (Sat 6.30pm)

A north Mayo derby takes place on Saturday evening as Bangor Hibs meet Crossmolina at Ballybeg Park. The two sides are currently level on points but Crossmolina are the in-form team and reached the final of the Touhy Cup last weekend. A win for either side and they could be right back in the promotion hunt but a defeat could them be dragged into a relegation fight as this division proves to be very close again this season.

Conn Rangers v Ballyhaunis Town (Sat 7pm)

Conn Rangers are beginning to show why they were a Super League team for the past two seasons as they have got right back in the promotion hunt picking up ten points out of a possible twelve in their last four games. Ballyhaunis Town have also got themselves into a good position lately as they have moved up the table but their away form will be a concern for them as they have only picked up one point away from home so far this season.

Westport United B v Kiltimagh/Knock Utd (Sun 12pm

Westport B dropped into the relegation zone recently and are searching for their first win in over two months but facing a confident Kiltimagh/Knock United side is probably the last thing they need. Kiltimagh/Knock made it to the Touhy Cup Final last weekend with a convincing 4-0 win over Ballyhaunis Town and Aiden Flatley’s side are also in second place in the league but they will need to pick up the three points on offer if they are to continue their pursuit of Iorras Aontaithe at the top of the table.

Killala v Iorras Aontaithe (Sun 2.30pm)

League leaders Iorras Aontaithe are still the only unbeaten side across all four divisions and they will fancy their chances of keeping that record when they take on Killala on Sunday. Kyle O’Reilly made a scoring return to the Iorras side recently after missing the first half of the season with injury and his goal scoring threat will add another dimension to already potent Iorras attack. Killala have only one win at home all season and a reversal of their 4-1 defeat to Iorras earlier in the season looks unlikely.

Swinford v Fahy Rovers (Sun 12pm)

Swinford are still looking for their first win since Round 4 in the league and a home game against Fahy Rovers gives them the ideal opportunity to get three points as they come up against a side that have also failed to win any of their last five league games. Fahy showed great spirit last time out as they came back from 2-0 down to draw with Bangor Hibs. Swinford will be hoping that strikers Paddy O’Donnell and James Devaney can rediscover their early season form and they can get the win that will get them back into the promotion race.

Solar 21 League One

Partry Athletic v Manulla B (Sat 7pm)

Partry Athletic reached the final of the Tonra Cup last weekend with a 7-1 win over Conn Rangers B but they will need to improve their league form if they are to remain clear of the relegation zone. Manulla B are the visitors to Partry on Saturday evening and Manulla will know that they will need to pick up all three points if they are to continue to keep the pressure on the three sides above them in the table. These sides have already met twice this season and they have had one win each in those two games so we can expect another close game this weekend.

Ballina Town B v Conn Rangers B (Sun 12pm)

Ballina Town B have been drawn into the relegation battle lately but they will be expected to pick up all three points on offer when Conn Rangers B visit Belleek on Sunday morning. Conn Rangers are still looking for their first points of the season but after Ballina’s strong performance in their extra time lost to Snugboro United in the cup last weekend it’s difficult to see anything other than a Town win this weekend.

Mulranny United v Ballyglass B (Sun 12pm)

The biggest game in League One is the clash between Mulranny United and Ballyglass which takes place in Curraun. Ballyglass are joint leaders with Snugboro United at the top of the table while Mulranny lie six points behind after losing their last two league games. A Ballyglass win will probably end Mulranny’s title hopes so the stakes are high in this top of the table clash.

Snugboro Utd v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sun 12pm)

Ballyvary Blue Bombers had an impressive win at home against Mulranny United in their last game but an away match against league leaders Snugboro United will bring a different challenge. Snugboro are unbeaten in eight games and after last weekend’s win over Ballina Town B they are also in the Tonra Cup final in a few weeks time. Sean Curry and Nobert Karol lead the goalscoring charts in this division and they have also been very strong defensively only conceding 8 goals so far in the league this season.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two

Kiltimagh/Knock Utd B v Kilmore (Sun 2.30pm)

Kilmore got back to winning ways last weekend as they reached the McDonnell Cup Final with a 5-2 win over Hollister. They will be clear favourites on Sunday as Kiltimagh/Knock are bottom of League Two and have struggled to make an impression in most of their games so far this season. Sean Brogan ended his goal drought for Kilmore with a hat-trick in that win over Hollister and there players will be playing for their places in the cup final squad which is their next match in two weeks time.

Hollister v Castlebar Celtic B (Sun 3pm)

Hollister hopes of promotion have faded a little in the past few weeks but a win on Sunday would put them right back in the race but it’s hard to see them taking all three points from an in form Castlebar Celtic side. Celtic’s will probably have to plan for the remainder of the season without their top goalscorer Daniel O’Toole as he has now become an integral part of Conor O’Grady’s Super League squad.  Hollister must be happy with how their season has gone so far but they have found the going difficult when they have met the top two sides in this division.