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Weekend Preview 29th July


Michael Seoighe gave Partry the lead against Manulla B

There is a full round of league games taking place on Saturday and both Snugboro United and Castlebar Celtic B have a chance to seal their respective league titles

Elverys Sports Super League

Ballina Town v Westport United (Sat 5pm)

Westport United are back in pole position to retain the Super League title and a win against Ballina Town in Belleek on Saturday evening would move them a step closer to making this a reality. Westport are on a six game winning streak but they will know that as always Ballina Town will not make life easy for them. Ballina now look like they have finally put their relegation fears behind them as Mick Duffy’s side had a big 7-4 win over Straide & Foxford United two weeks ago in a game that Dylan McKee scored four goals.

Ballyheane v Manulla (Sat 5pm)

Ballyheane mini revival has come to a halt recently and they are running out of games to starve of the threat of relegation that currently hangs over them. On Saturday they face their neighbours Manulla who are continuing to mount a serious title challenge as they remain just one point behind Westport United. Manulla star forward Anthony Elding has failed to hit the target in recent weeks and they will need Elding and players like Chris Maughan and Paul Lawless to hit top form if they are to have any chance of ending Westport’s bid for four in a row.

Glenhest Rovers v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 5pm)

Castlebar Celtic remain the closest challengers to the top two teams and they would be expected to keep up their recent good form with another win over Glenhest Rovers in Beltra. The Westaro Cup winners are on a good run of form but the six point gap will ultimately probably be too much for Conor O’Grady’s side to make up. Glenhest on the other hand had a very important win away to Claremorris in their last game and that win has put them in a very strong position to remain in the Super League for another season.

Achill Rovers v Straide & Foxford Utd (Sat 7.30pm)

Achill Rovers look resigned to the fact that they will be back playing Premier League football next season but that does not mean that they will make life easy for Straide & Foxford United when they visit Fr. O’Brien Park on Saturday evening. Straide & Foxford picked up their first league win in five when they beat Ballyheane two weeks ago and Paul Large’s side will be aiming to remain in the top half of the table and in John Durkan they have the leading scorer in the division so it’s hard to look past an away win in this game.

Claremorris v Ballyglass (Sat 7.30pm)

The final Super League game sees Ballyglass make the short journey to Concannon Park to take on Claremorris. These two sides are level on points in the division and don’t have much to play for but we can still expect an explosive game as is always the case when these two local rivals meet. Claremorris came out on top when they met earlier in the season when Dean Roddy and Derek Glynn were on target in a 2-1 win for Mark Peter’s side.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League

Conn Rangers v Bangor Hibs (Sat 5pm)

There is one early game in the Premier League when two sides in mid table clash at Mount Flacon. Conn Rangers promotion hopes have all but faded and like Hibs they might actually be looking behind them as the sides at the bottom continue to close the gap. Rangers are unbeaten in the league since Hibs beat them at the beginning of May but in that time they have drawn four of those games so another draw could be on the cards this time around.

Ballyhaunis Town v Crossmolina (Sat 7.30pm)

Both these sides are also in danger of relegation straight back down to League One but a victory for Ballyhaunis would see them move five points clear of the visitors and in a strong position to spend another season in the Premier League. Keith Robinson is the top scorer in the division and his goals have been crucial to his side’s excellent home form where they have picked up all but two of their fifteen points. Crossmolina have failed to pick up a point in their last three league games and Derek Grehem’s side are finding it difficult to break down defences as their lack of an out and out goalscorer continues to be a problem.

Fahy Rovers v Killala (Sat 7.30pm)

Fahy Rovers host Killala in a relegation six pointer at Solar 21 Park where a defeat for Fahy will leave them with a lot to do if they are to remain in the Premier League with four games to go. Killala moved above Fahy last weekend as they beat Ballyhaunis Town and they will be hoping that that win will kick start their survival bid for another season. Fahy have not won in eight league games but they have been very competitive in this period picking up four draws but they will need to start turning these draws into wins if they are to have any chance of survival.

Swinford v Westport United B (Sat 7.30pm)

Swinford remain the only team that really have any chance of catching Kiltimagh/Knock United in the race for promotion and with James Devaney getting back to his best form they have every chance of pushing them all the way but they will need to be picking up all three points against relegation threatened Westport United B who themselves have everything to play for as they bid to hold on to their Premier Division status.

Kiltimagh/Knock Utd v Iorras Aontaithe (Sat 7.30pm)

The final game in the Premier League could prove to be more or less the title decider if Iorras Aontaithe come away with all three points when they visit CMS Park. Iorras remain unbeaten in the League but a win for Kiltimagh/Knock would cut their lead at the top to just three points. Brendan Nallen continues to be their star performer as he proved again last weekend when he got the winner in the derby game against Bangor Hibs. Tuohy Cup Champions Kiltimagh/Knock United have been in great form recently with five wins in a row in league and cup competitions and their objective of gaining promotion to the top division looks a real possibility.

Solar 21 League One

Ballyglass B v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sat 5pm)

Two teams in very different positions meet in Michael Keaveney Park on Saturday evening as Ballyglass B take on Ballyvary Blue Bombers. A win for Ballyglass will see them seal promotion from League One while Ballyvary could really do with the points to help them move ahead of Ballina Town B and out of the relegation zone. Ballyvary had a massive win last time out against Ballina Town B but Ballyglass have only lost once in their last 9 league games so it would be a surprise if the away side came away with anything from this game.

Ballina Town B v Mulranny United (Sat 7.30pm)

Just like Ballyvary, Ballina Town are running out of games to move themselves away from the relegation zone and with games against the top two sides to come after this they could really do with getting a victory in this game against Mulranny United. After a great start to the season Mulranny just can’t get a win at the minute as they have now gone six games without a win and a win for Ballina looks the most likely outcome in this game.

Manulla B v Conn Rangers B (Sat 7.30pm)

Manulla B promotion charge looks all but over but they look certain to pick up all three points on Saturday evening when Conn Rangers B are the visitors to Carramore. Conn Rangers fate looks sealed this season as they look more than odds on to be playing League Two football next season as they have only picked up one win so far this year.

Partry Athletic v Snugboro United (Sat 7.30pm)

Snugboro United beat Partry Athletic 1-0 last weekend in the Tonra Cup Final and Declan Lavelle’s side are also hot favourites to be crowned League One champions as they are five points clear of Ballyglass B with three games remaining and could even be crowned champions on Saturday evening if Ballyglass fail to win and Snugboro pick up the three points. Partry are more or less safe for this year but a win here would make sure that they will be mathematically safe and they can then focus on building for next season.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two

Castlebar Celtic B v Kilmore (Sat 7.30pm)

The big game in League Two takes place at Celtic Park when the two teams that clashed in the McDonnell Cup final meet again in this top of the table clash. A win for Celtic will see them crowned League Two Champions and seal their place in League One next season. Celtic got the better of Kilmore in that cup final thanks to a late extra time goal from Bryan Mannion as Kilmore couldn’t hold on but the North Mayo side will need to get some sort of result from this game if they are to put pressure on Hollister who moved into second place last weekend. Kilmore will need their top players such as Sean Brogan and Ryan Keane to hit top form on Saturday if they are to come away with anything from the game.

Hollister v Newport Town (Sat 7.30pm)

Hollister are now looking like real promotion contenders especially after last weekend’s big win over Kiltimagh/Knock United B. This is the fourth time that these two sides have met this season and Hollister have come out on top by the odd goal in each of the last three outings. Danny Langdon is now the top scorer in the division but his Hollister sides recent improvement at the back have also been a huge factor in their recent good form. Newport have nothing to play for but they will be determined not to lose for a fourth time to Vinny Coen’s side.