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Weekend Preview 27th August


James Colfer scored both Partry goals against BAllyvary Blue Bombers

Relegation issues are the main focus this weekend especially in League One where Ballyvary BB and Ballina Town B are in danger of the drop while Castlebar Celtic B should pick up the League Two title.

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Castlebar Celtic v Ballyglass (Sun 12.30pm)

Castlebar Celtic’s hopes of finishing second suffered a huge blow when they drew 3-3 with Claremorris last time out but they will attempt to keep the pressure on Manulla with a win over a struggling Ballyglass side on Sunday morning. Ballyglass are clear of the relegation fight but have lost their last 4 games in league and cup action and are finding it difficult to score goals as they have only hit the net twice in those four games. 

Claremorris v Straide & Foxford United (Sun 12.30pm)

The battle for fourth place will go a long way to been sorted out when the two teams in contention for this position clash at Concannon Park. Both sides have more or less identical league records and considering they drew 3-3 earlier in the season it would be no surprise if they shared the points again this time around. Goals haven’t been a problem for either of these sides this season and with players like John Durkan, Derek Glynn and Dean Roddy in their ranks we can expect to see another high scoring game.

Manulla v Glenhest Rovers (Sun 12.30pm)

Two teams in very different positions meet in Carramore on Sunday morning when title chasing Manulla take on relegation threatened Glenhest Rovers. A win for Manulla will see them go level on points with Westport United at the top of the table for a few hours at least while a win for Glenhest will more or less guarantee them safety for another year. A penalty from Anthony Elding was the difference between the sides when they met at Beltra earlier in the season and home advantage should be enough to see Connie Morrissey’s side take all three points again on this occasion.

Westport United v Achill Rovers (Sun 3.30pm)

Westport United’s quest to retain the league title looks very much on track as they continue to pick up the wins they need to stay ahead of Manulla. John Brennan’s side have won their last eight league games and they look odds on to make that nine in a row when Achill Rovers visit United Park. Achill’s relegation will be confirmed if they fail to pick up the three points and it’s difficult to see them getting only their second win of the season against the league champions.

Ballina Town v Ballyheane (Sun 3.30pm)

Ballyheane’s chances of catching Glenhest are diminishing with every round of league games and their recent poor form will need to change quickly if they are to have any chance of turning things around. On Sunday afternoon they visit Belleek for the second week in a row after they were beaten by the same opponents in the Connacht Gold Super Cup Quarter Finals last weekend. Ballina won that game 3-0 with two of their key players Luke Honan and Jamie Cawley finding the back of the net.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League

Westport United B v Bangor Hibs (Sun 12.30pm)

Amazingly Westport United B are still involved in a relegation battle even though they lie in 5th position in the Premier League while even up to Swinford in third position could yet be drawn into it in the final few games. Westport currently sit three points above Killala and their opponents on Sunday Bangor Hibs who make the journey to United Park on Sunday morning. Hibs have failed to pick up a point in their last four games and they are running out of time to get themselves out of the relegation zone.

Conn Rangers v Killala (Sun 3.30pm)

Killala make the short journey to Mount Falcon to take on Conn Rangers on Sunday afternoon and just like in the previous game a win for the away side could bring Conn Rangers into the battle to beat the drop. Kyle McLoughlin was in brilliant form in their last league outing when he hit a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Swinford. Those three points brought them level with Bangor Hibs and will give them great confidence going into their final three league games.

Swinford v Crossmolina (Sun 3.30pm)

Swinford hopes of promotion are all but over after that defeat to Killala but they will be aware that they may still need a win if they are to make sure they aren’t drawn into the race to beat the drop. Crossmolina have already beaten Swinford in both the League and Cup this season but after five defeats in a row they will go into this game as underdogs desperately looking to pick up three points they require to give them a chance of survival going into their final two games. 

Ballyhaunis Town v Kiltimagh/Knock United (Sun 3.30pm)

Kiltimagh/Knock United look certain to gain promotion to the Super League and a win over local rivals Ballyhaunis Town on Sunday will ensure Aidan Flatley’s side will be playing top division football next season. Ballyhaunis Town on the other hand are still in danger of relegation as they lie just two points clear of the drop zone and with two away games remaining they will be keen to pick up the three points on Sunday that should be enough to see them safe on their first season in the Premier League.

Fahy Rovers v Iorras Aontaithe (Sun 3.30pm)

Iorras Aontaithe have the opportunity to seal the Premier League title this weekend when they travel to Solar 21 Park to take on Fahy Rovers. Iorras are still unbeaten in the league and only need a point to ensure they wrap up the title but they may have to postpone the celebrations as they face a Fahy side very much in form. Fahy reached the semi finals of the Connacht Gold Premier Cup last weekend and have also picked up eight points from twelve in their last four league games but they still remain in the relegation battle so they might just have more to play for in what should be a close encounter on Sunday afternoon.

Solar 21 League One

Ballina Town B v Snugboro United (Sun 12.30pm)

Ballina Town go into their final game knowing a defeat could lead to them been relegated to League Two. They are level on points with Ballyvary Blue Bombers so they must at least match Ballyvary’s result to force a play-off. They face a daunting task on Sunday as the league champions Snugboro are the visitors to Belleek and they are on a thirteen game unbeaten run so Ballina may be relying on Partry to do them a favour in the only other game in League One this weekend.

Partry Athletic v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sun 12.30pm)

Ballyvary gave themselves a real chance of survival with a massive 4-3 win over neighbours Manulla B last weekend but just like Ballina Town B they face a tough task when they travel to Partry on Sunday morning. Partry were unlucky to lose to Fahy Rovers in the Connacht Gold Premier Cup and they will be keen to finish the season on a high especially when their near neighbours are the opposition. Ballyvary’s Declan and Cillian O’Brien were both on the scoresheet against Manulla B last time out and they will need both of these players on top of their game if they are to grab the points they need to escape relegation.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two

Kiltimagh/Knock United B v Castlebar Celtic (Sun 3.30pm)

Castlebar Celtic B have another opportunity to seal the League Two Title and it’s hard to see them doing anything but that when they visit Kiltimagh/Knock United B on Sunday afternoon. Bryan Mannion’s side are having a great season having already captured the McDonnell Cup and they also reached the semi finals of the Connacht Gold Premier Cup with a 2-0 win over Kilmore last weekend. Kiltimagh/Knock are still searching for their first win of the season so it seems inevitable that Celtic will be crowned League champions when the final whistle sounds after 5pm.