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Weekend Preview - 28th/29th July


Tonra Cup Final 2018 - Ballina Town B v Killala

Solar 21 Park hosts the Tuohy Cup Final on Sunday while the race for second place takes centre stage in the Super League.

Tuohy Cup Final
Snugboro United v Swinford (Sun 2.30pm)

If last weekend’s league meeting is anything to go by the Tuohy Cup Final should be a thrilling affair as Snugboro meet Swinford for the second time in eight days. Snugboro came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and stretch their winning run to 14 games in all competitions but they will be wary of the threat that Liam Foy’s side pose. Snugboro are without their suspended midfielder Kevin Curry but they will be confident they have the squad to cope without the loss of any key players as they have shown in recent weeks. Before the defeat last weekend Swinford were on a good run of form themselves which as taken them to within three points of the second promotion spot. Martin Murphy, Paddy O’Donnell and Joe Slevin are their main attacking threats but they also have players like Chris Reddington and Darragh Price who have been key players in their squad this season.

Elverys Sports Super League
Manulla v Ballyheane (Sat 6.30pm)

Manulla moved further clear of the relegation zone last weekend with a crucial win over Kiltimagh/Knock United. Another win on Saturday evening over near neighbours Ballyheane will almost certainly guarantee their survival and they have the extra motivation of trying to reverse the 1-0 defeat they had to their rivals earlier in the season. Ballyheane picked up a very credible draw with Westport United last Sunday to move two points clear of the relegation zone but with games against Castlebar Celtic and Ballina Town to follow they will be keen to get a few more points on the board and move further clear of the dreaded drop.

Westport Utd v Straide & Foxford Utd (Sat 6.30pm)
The recently launched Connacht Champions Cup has given clubs in the Super League an extra incentive to finish in second place to qualify for the competition next season. Currently Straide & Foxford United occupy second place but they are only a point ahead of Champions Westport United whom they meet on Saturday evening. Gary Byrne’s side have dropped points in their last two games as they drew 3-3 with both Ballyheane and Claremorris. Westport themselves have also drawn their last two league games so both sides will be looking for the win to head into the final stretch of the season in second place.

Castlebar Celtic v Knock/Kiltimagh Utd (Sat 6.30pm)
Castlebar Celtic have put a difficult month of June behind them with some big wins in recent weeks including two in the past seven days as Michael McNicholas side joined Westport United in joint third place. Jason Hunt has been one of the key players in this revival scoring eight goals in their last two games with Ben Murphy and Gerard O’Boyle also on target in those two wins. Kiltimagh/Knock United have only picked up one point in their last four league games as Aiden Flatley’s side have slipped into the relegation zone. With Ballina Town next on the horizon they will probably be looking to their final four league game to try to get the points they need to remain in the division for another season.

Claremorris V Ballyglass (Sun 11.30am)
Claremorris go into this game on a nine game unbeaten run in all competitions since they were beaten 3-2 by their opponents on Sunday at the end of April. Since then Ballyglass have found the going tough in the league and they remain just three points above the drop going into the final third of the season. Claremorris though have their sights set on second place but they will need to turn the draws into wins if they are to have any chance of being in the running for it come the end of the season.

Ballina Town v Iorras Aontaithe (Sun 2.30pm)
League leaders Ballina Town host bottom side Iorras Aontaithe in Belleek on Sunday afternoon and they will be heavy favourites to move a further three points closer to clinching the title. They were in very impressive form last weekend with a 5-0 win over Ballyglass as Dylan Edwards hit a hat trick to continue his excellent start to life in Mick Duffy’s starting eleven. Benny Lavelle, Dylan McKee, Fabiano Macario are also still in top form and they should be much too strong for Paul Reilly’s side. Iorras suffered a heavy defeat last weekend at home to Castlebar Celtic and they remain four points adrift of safety as they enter the final third of the season.

Three Store League One
Ballina Town B v Kilmore (Sat 6.30pm)

Ballina Town B will hope to build on their Tonra Cup win last weekend and keep the pressure on Manulla B at the top of the table with a win over relegation threatened Kilmore on Saturday evening. Dale Hokins and Shane Devers were the goalscorers in the final but Frank Irwin, Mark Beattie and Jason Muldoon were also key to the win. Kilmore have only picked up one point in their last four league games and the loss of some of their key players for the summer has really hit them hard as their early season form has deserted them recently.

Killala v Crossmolina (Sat 6.30pm)
Killala trail Ballina Town B by just two points as they look to gain promotion back to the Premier Division but a clash with neighbours Crossmolina is not the easiest task for Vincent Kearney’s side as they look to close the gap. Killala were disappointing in last weekend’s Tonra Cup final but the absence of a key player like Rory Gallagher would hurt most sides and they will hope to have their him back in the squad for this crucial game. Crossmolina are four points clear of the relegation spots and another win should be enough to see Derek Grehem’s side remain in League One for another season.

Castlebar Celtic B v Partry Athletic (Sun 2.30pm)
Castlebar Celtic B have picked up seven points form the last nine available to move three points clear of the relegation zone but a defeat to Partry on Sunday would drag them right back into the mix with Partry and Kilmore. Celtic also progressed to the semi finals of the Connacht Gold Premier Cup last weekend and home advantage may be key to them picking up another three points this weekend and more or less ending their season long fears of relegation. Partry finally picked up three points in their last league outing against Kilmore to get their first win in five and that win has left them only a point behind the North Mayo club going into the final third of the season.

Mulranny United v Manulla B (Sun 2.30pm)
Manulla B will be expected to claim the three points on offer when they visit bottom of the table Mulranny United on Sunday afternoon. They opened up a five point gap at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over second place Ballina Town two weeks ago and Mossy Lally’s side now just need six points from their remaining four games to clinch promotion to the Premier Division. Mulranny look odds on to be relegated and this could be more or less confirmed on Sunday if results don’t go their way over the weekend.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two
Ballina United v Newport Burrishoole (Sat 6.30pm)

Newly crowned McDonnell Cup winners Ballina United will hope to keep their faint hopes of promotion intact as they take on Newport Burrishoole on Saturday evening. They have won their last four games in a row in all competitions as players like Shane Maughan, James Muldoon and Jimmy McDonagh have hit form at the right time of the season. Newport on the other hand are rooted to the bottom of the table as their poor form has continued for most of the season.

Ballyvary Blue Bombers v Hollister (Sat 6.30pm)

Hollister will look to put the disappointment of the cup final defeat behind them as they look to get their title aspirations back on track when they are the visitors to Ballyvary Blue Bombers on Saturday evening. They currently hold a slender one point lead over Claremorris B and a defeat on Sunday would also bring Ballyvary into the title race as they have the chance to cut Hollister’s lead to just two points after this weekend’s action.