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Weekend Preview - 21st/22nd July


Castlebar Celtic v Glenhest Rovers - 14/07/18

The first two divisional cup finals take place on Sunday as two big local derbies take centre stage at Solar 21 Park.

McDonnell Cup Final

Hollister v Ballina United (Sun 12.30pm)                                                                                                                                                                    The first final on Sunday is a real derby game as Hollister and Ballina United meet in the McDonnell Cup Final. Most cup finals are difficult to call but this is definitely the case for this final as the two neighbours make the trip to Solar 21 Park. They have already met twice in the league this year with each side picking up a win apiece. Hollister are well marshalled at the back by Malachy McCarron while they will look to Danny Langdon, Jamie Forde and Stephen Cawley to get their goals. Ballina United will be delighted with how their return to Mayo League football has gone this season and a cup win would be the icing on the cake. Shane Maughan will lead the line for United but they will also look to players like Roy Collins, Jimmy McDonagh and Daniel Moyles to pull the strings behind him.

Tonra Cup Final
Killala v Ballina Town B (Sun 3.30pm)

There is also another North Mayo Derby in the Tonra Cup Final as two of the top three sides in League One meet in the second game at Solar 21 Park. Only three points separate these two sides as they look to win promotion to the Premier Division, but Ballina Town have had the upper hand in their league meetings this season winning both of them. Ballina’s attack has been key to their form this season with Dale Hopkins, Shane Devers, Jordan Delaney and Jason Muldoon all amongst the goals on a regular basis. Killala are usually reliant on Rory Gallagher to get their goals but they have had more of a contribution from around the pitch with players like Kyle McLoughlin, Ryan Sweeney and Matthew Langdon Long playing a key part in their success so far this season.

Elverys Sports Super League
Ballyglass v Ballina Town (Sat 7pm)

The tough run of games for Ballyglass continues this weekend as they meet Ballina Town for the third game in a row. After two cup defeats to the North Mayo side they will not relish meeting them again this weekend. Ballyglass are only three points above the relegation zone but they would be happy with a point in this clash as Mick Duffy’s side are still the team to beat despite losing their last Super League game to Claremorris. Duffy has a hugely talented squad to choose from as was highlighted last weekend when Jamie Cawley came in for Benny Lavelle and he was on target twice in the 4-2 win over Tom Connolly’s side.

Iorras Aontaithe v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 7pm)
Iorras Aontaithe have given themselves a real shot of survival with two wins from their last three games to move to within three points of safety. They are still searching for their first home win of the season, but they will go into this game full of confidence as they finally seem to have found their scoring boots. Celtic travel to Carne Nash in poor form in the League as they have only picked up one point in their last four games. They did get a win over Glenhest Rovers in the cup last weekend, so they will hope that win will be a turning point in what has been a tough first season in charge for Michael McNicholas

Straide & Foxford United v Claremorris (Sat 7pm)
Claremorris have the chance to move to within a point of second place Straide & Foxford United when the sides meet at Green Road on Saturday evening. They are one of the form sides in the division as they are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions and pulled off a shock win over Ballina Town in their last league outing. Straide & Foxford were disappointed to drop two points against Ballyheane in their last league game and they will be looking for revenge for the 6-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Mark Peters side earlier in the season.

Ballyheane v Westport United (Sun 2.30pm)
Westport United may believe they still have a chance at retaining their title but in all reality,  they look to be playing for second place as Ballina continue to set the pace at the top of the table. Darren Browne and Brandon Scahill have been their main threat in attack but Jesper Frisch was the hero last weekend as he scored a double in their extra time win over Kiltimagh/Knock United. Ballyheane are a point above the relegation zone as we reach a crucial point in the season, but they are in with a league double over the champions after they already pulled of a shock win over John Russell’s side in May.

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Manulla (Sun 2.30pm)
The big game at the bottom of the table takes place in CMS Park as Kiltimagh/Knock United welcome fellow relegation candidates Manulla on Sunday afternoon. Manulla know a win will move them six points clear of the drop but a defeat will leave them in a precarious position as we enter the final third of the season. Kiltimagh/Knock have put in some battling performances lately, but their lack of firepower has cost them valuable points so far this season.  

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League
Achill Rovers v Westport United B (Sat 7pm)

Achill Rovers have a great chance to move further clear of the drop zone as they face bottom side Westport United B at Fr. O’Brien Park. Achill had a big win over Westport earlier in the season and they will be hoping for a repeat of that performance this weekend. Westport B have picked up some valuable points recently including a draw away to Bangor Hibs in their last league outing but in all reality, they are running out of games to retain their long standing Premier Division status.

Conn Rangers v Bangor Hibs (Sat 7pm)
Conn Rangers moved out of the relegation zone with a convincing 6-0 win over Ballyglass B a few weeks ago and they will fancy their chances of picking up another three points when Bangor Hibs visit Mount Falcon on Saturday evening. Rangers put four past Bangor when they met earlier in the season so Jimmy Flannery’s side will know what to expect when they go in search of the win that will more or less guarantee them safety for another season. Rangers added Matthew Leneghan and Ger Lovett to their squad in the past few weeks and these two players played a big part in their recent revival. Hibs are still finding it tough to score goals, but club captain Anthony Coyle has hit the net in their last two games as they look to someone to take the pressure of their top striker Brian McHale.

Glenhest Rovers v Ballyhaunis Town (Sat 7pm)
The early season league leaders Glenhest Rovers are on a bad run recently and have slipped out of the promotion places and another defeat at home to Ballyhaunis Town on Saturday would put a further dent in their promotion ambitions. Ballyhaunis are one of the teams that have overtaken Glenhest and the top scorers in the Premier League are in fine goalscoring form at the moment. They have some of the best attacking players in the division with Gary Higgins, Dayo Adex and Keith Robinson among the top scorers in the Premier League.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Swinford v Snugboro United (Sat 7pm)
Two of the inform sides in the league meet at James McEvaddy Park on Saturday evening as Swinford host Snugboro United in a top of the table clash. League leaders Snugboro have won their last thirteen games in a row and look odds on to win their third promotion in three years. The two sides will also meet next weekend in the Tuohy Cup Final but that will be put to one side this weekend as they look to pick up another three valuable league points. A win for Swinford will really tighten things up at the top of the table but a Snugboro win could see them add to their five point lead at the top of the table.

Ballyglass B v Fahy Rovers (Sun 11.30am)
On Sunday morning Ballyglass B and Fahy Rovers meet at Michael Keaveney Park in a relegation six pointer. Ballyglass have slipped back into the relegation spots in recent weeks after three league defeats in a row and a defeat on Sunday would leave them in a very difficult position. Fahy are only three points above the drop zone and the lowest scorers in the division will need to start to find a regular goalscorer if they are to beat the drop.

Connacht Gold Premier Cup Quarter Final
Castlebar Celtic B v Kilmore (Sat 6.30pm)

The last semi final place in the Connacht Gold Premier Cup is up for grabs on Saturday evening as Kilmore make the journey to Celtic park to take on Castlebar Celtic B. They are two sides that have got to know each other very well over the past two seasons and after meeting four times last season they are meeting for the third time this season with each side coming away with a win apiece. Celtic B though are in great form in League One as they have moved clear of the relegation zone while Kilmore are finding it difficult to get any sort of results lately after losing some key members of their squad for the summer.