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Weekend Preview - 23rd/24th June


Ballina Town B v Killala - 17/06/18

The Tonra Cup Semi Finals take place on Sunday while there are some big clashes across the other three divisions as the second half of the season gets underway.

Tonra Cup Semi Finals

Ballina Town B v Manulla B (Sun 11.30am)                                                                                                                                                                

The top two in League One meet in the first semi final on Sunday morning as Ballina Town B take on Manulla B in Belleek. This game looks certain to have plenty of goals as both sides have been prolific in front of goal this season. When they met earlier in the season Manulla B came from behind to win a seven-goal thriller in what has turned out to be Ballina’s only defeat of the year so far. Dale Hopkins and Jordan Delaney are in fine form in front of goal but Manulla have also got plenty of firepower up front with Roger Clarke, Dessie Campbell and Matty Nolan all in good form going into this semi-final clash.

Crossmolina v Killala (Sun 2.30pm)
There is a big local derby in the second semi-final as Killala make the short journey to Abbeyview to take on Crossmolina. Both sides suffered defeats last weekend and will see this semi final as the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways. Crossmolina have had an indifferent first half of the season but have had some big wins along the way. Shaun Cadden and Shane Hennigan are two of their main players, but the absence of Kevin Campbell recently has been a big loss to Derek Grehem’s side. Killala long unbeaten run was ended by Ballina Town B last time out but they will be confident of progressing to the final especially having already beaten Crossmolina in the league earlier in the season. Rory Gallagher is their main attacking threat but Matthew Langdon Long and Kyle McLoughlin are also important members of Vincent Kearney’s first eleven.

Elverys Sports Super League
Ballyglass v Manulla (Sat 7pm)

Manulla have the chance to join Ballyglass on twelve points in the Super League if they can come away with the three points in the big derby game on Saturday evening. Lucas De Paula scored both their goals in last weekend’s important win over Castlebar Celtic as Manulla picked up only their second league win of the season. Ballyglass also would have been happy with their result last weekend as they came form 3-0 down at half time to earn a point against Straide & Foxford United. Jp O’Gorman returned to the side after a two-week break and he scored twice in that second half revival as he showed his importance to Tom Connolly’s side.

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Straide & Foxford United (Sat 7pm)
Straide & Foxford United find themselves in second place in the Super League but realistically they will need a miracle to catch the league leaders Ballina Town. They are unbeaten at home in the league and will be confident that they can pick up another three points on Saturday against a side that they beat 4-1 earlier in the year. Kiltimagh/Knock are in a relegation fight but some of their performances recently will give them hope of surviving in their inaugural season in the top division. Last weekend they came from 2-0 down to draw with Claremorris as they picked up another important point after they had a big win over Iorras Aontaithe the week before.

Ballyheane v Claremorris (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyheane have found wins hard to come by recently and last weekend’s defeat to Iorras Aontaithe has left them in the relegation places for the first time this season. One of the wins they did get was against their opponents on Sunday when Claremorris visit Pat Quigley Park. Claremorris are unbeaten in four but they have drawn their last two games conceding late goals in both of them. Danny Broderick is central to their attacking play but they also have plenty of pace in attack with Derek Glynn and Dean Roddy in great form.

Ballina Town v Castlebar Celtic (Sun 2.30pm)
Castlebar Celtic’s title challenge was more or less ended last weekend as they lost to local rivals Manulla and they will need to collect all three points against leaders Ballina Town on Sunday if they are to have any chance of catching them in the second half of the season. Celtic are winless in their last three league games as their early season goal scoring form has deserted them. Ballina Town on the other hand are having no such problems in front of goal as they have scored an average of four goals in their last eight games. Even at this stage of the season Mick Duffy’s young side look odds on to win the title with Dylan McKee, Jamie Cawley and Mark Birrane adding to the experience that Fabiano Macario and Brendan Lavelle bring to the side.

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

Achill Rovers face a side that have won their last six league games as Snugboro United visit Fr. O’Brien Park on Saturday evening. Achill picked up a valuable three points last weekend as they came away with a 3-2 win from Conn Rangers to move level on points with Bangor Hibs in fifth place. Brandon McGing and Chris Western provided the goals in that win, but they will need to improve their defensive efforts if they are to get a result against the form side in the division. Snugboro’s team ethic is one of their strong points but they also have some of the best attacking talent in the division with Sean Curry, Norbert Karol and Enda Lavelle all amongst the goals recently for the side that were named the Hastings Insurance Team Of The Month for May.

Westport United B v Ballyhaunis Town (Sat 7pm)  
A few weeks ago, this would have been an easy game to call but the form of Westport in recent weeks has now made it much more difficult to predict. They have won the last two games to give themselves real hope of survival, but they still remain five points adrift of safety. Ballyhaunis are now five points behind the top two sides in the division after losing a top of the table clash with Snugboro last weekend. Tommy Page’s side are the top scorers in the division as they have had no problem racking up big wins against the teams below them in the table.

Swinford v Conn Rangers (Sun 11.30am)                                                                                                                                                                Swinford will hope that last weekend’s draw with Bangor Hibs was only a blip and they will be expected to pick up the three points as Conn Rangers visit James McEvaddy Park. Paddy O’Donnell came of the bench in that game and came closest to getting the winner as he made an immediate impact as the lone striker. Martin Murphy, Peter McNicholas and Joe Slevin are three of the players that impressed in that game but Liam Foy’s side did look vulnerable on the break. Conn Rangers are now two points adrift of safety as they have lost their last four league games, but they have finally started to look a little more dangerous in front of goals and with the addition of Matthew Leneghan, Mikey Bourke and Ged Lovett to the squad they will be hopeful of getting the points needed to catch the teams around them.

Glenhest Rovers v Fahy Rovers (Sun 2.30pm)                                                                                                                                                            Fahy Rovers have only picked up three points out of their last six games and they are now just two points above the relegation zone. On Saturday they travel to Beltra to take on Glenhest Rovers who are joint top of the table with Snugboro United. Glenhest got their season back on track last weekend with a 4-0 win over Ballyglass B where all the goals came in a fifteen-minute spell at the start of the second half where the player of the month for May Cathal Chambers was amongst the scorers.

Ballyglass B v Bangor Hibs (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyglass B have moved out of the relegation zone in recent weeks as Ray Prendergast side seem to have finally adapted to playing in a higher division. On Sunday they have the chance to draw level on points with Bangor Hibs as the north Mayo side visit Michael Keaveney Park. Hibs picked up an important point away in Swinford last weekend as they put a huge dent in Swinford’s title hopes. Brian McHale was back amongst the goals in that game but it was his brother Pat that played a big part in that draw with a crucial save right at the death. Ballyglass have a few players hitting form at the right time of the season with Dean Shaugnessy, Aaron Darcy and Chris Boshell looking particularly impressive.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two
Hollister v Newport Burrishoole (Sat 7pm)
Its top versus bottom in League Two as Hollister host Newport Burrishoole in Belleek on Saturday evening. Hollister have only lost once in the league so far this season and have also got the McDonnell Cup final to look forward to next month. Vinny Coen’s side have had great success over Newport during their last few meetings as they have won all six of their meetings in the past year or so. Newport have picked up only one win so far this year but they have been very competitive in most of their games and they will hope that this can be the case as they take on the League leaders.

Claremorris B v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sun 11.30am)                                                                                                                                          These two sides are level on points in second place in League Two and a win on Saturday could see either of them leapfrog Hollister at the top of the table. Ballyvary were in action in the Connacht Gold Premier Cup on Thursday evening where they game a good account of themselves against high flying Snugboro United before going down 2-0 in the end. Claremorris B were unlucky themselves to lose against Hollister last weekend in the McDonnell Cup final and they go into this game knowing a win will move them three points ahead of Ballyvary with a game in hand and in a great position going into the second half of the season.