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Weekend Preview - 30th June/1st July


Ballina Town B v Manulla B - 24/06/18

As the good weather continues across the county it’s the Tuohy Cup Semi Finals that take centre stage this weekend as another four teams look to book their place in a final at Solar 21 Park

Tuohy Cup Semi Finals

Swinford v Achill Rovers (Sat 6.30pm)
Promotion chasing Swinford will be slight favourites for the first Tuohy Cup semi final when Achill Rovers are the visitors to James McEvaddy Park. Swinford had Paddy O’Donnell back in their starting eleven for last weekends 3-0 win over Conn Rangers and he scored twice with the other goal coming from their inform youngster Martin Murphy. They are very dangerous going forward but like their opponents on Saturday they can be very open at the back. Achill find themselves in a midtable position, but they are more than capable of beating any side in the division on their day. They need their key players like Mark Davitt and Chris Western to be in top form if they are to cause a mini upset on Saturday evening.

Snugboro United v Conn Rangers (Sun 11.30am)
On Sunday morning Snugboro United will be expected to progress to the final as they face a struggling Conn Rangers side that have lost their last six games. Snugboro on the other hand are on a ten-game winning run in all competitions. They have been scoring goals for fun with Sean Curry now the leading scorer in the Premier League while others like Kevin Curry, Enda Lavelle and Michael McDonnell have also been on top form in recent weeks. Conn Rangers reached the semi final with a win over Glenhest Rovers and they will need a similar performance on Sunday if they have any chance of progressing to the final. They have really found scoring difficult of late and the fact that they are the lowest scorers in the division is the main reason they find themselves in the relegation zone. Cup football though can be a real leveller as they proved in the last round, but this may be a step too much as they come up against the form side in the division.

Elverys Sports Super League
Castlebar Celtic v Ballyglass (Sat 7pm)

Castlebar Celtic are on a four-game losing streak which has seen their title challenge come to an end but they will be keen to get back to winning ways on Saturday evening and keep their long unbeaten home league record intact. Ballyglass were on a five-game unbeaten run going into last weekend’s clash with Manulla but that run was ended as Paul Lawless hit the winner for their near neighbours. Tom Connolly’s side can overtake Celtic in the table with a win, but it might be the other way that they are looking in the table as they remain just three points above the relegation zone.

Straide & Foxford United v Ballyheane (Sat 7pm)

Straide & Foxford United are enjoying another good season in the top division as they remain the nearest challengers to league leaders Ballina Town. Paul Moran returned to the side last weekend and he made an immediate impact as he scored a crucial goal in his side’s 4-3 win over Kiltimagh/Knock United. Moran adds to the firepower already in the squad as John Durkan, Daniel Gorman and Michael Guilfoyle seem to be going from strength to strength this season. Ballyheane are now deep in relegation trouble as they just can’t seem to get a win as they have lost their last four league games. They have conceded fifteen goals in those four games and just like in their other games this season they have struggled to score goals scoring just twice in those four defeats.

Claremorris V Ballina Town (Sun 2.30pm)
After a slow start to the season Claremorris have started to find their feet and are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions. On Sunday though they face their most difficult task yet as league leaders Ballina Town visit Concannon Park. They have players of real quality but the likes of Derek Glynn, Andy Peters and Dean Roddy will have to be at their best if they are to continue their unbeaten run. Ballina though are on a different level to every other side in Mayo this season and this has continued from week to week as they’ve racked up the goals including some big wins over Westport United and Castlebar Celtic. If they hadn’t enough talent in the squad already they signed Dylan Edwards from Boyle Celtic last week and he quickly settled into the side scoring two goals in the win over Castlebar Celtic

Manulla v Iorras Aontaithe (Sun 2.30pm)
Iorras Aontaithe picked up their first win of the season last time out when they had a big win over Ballyheane. They will need a few more performances like that if they are to escape relegation as they still lie five points adrift of safety. On Sunday they travel to Manulla who have just managed to put back to back wins together for the first time this season. A few weeks ago, they looked in real relegation trouble but those two wins have given Connie Morrisey’s side a real belief that they can make further strides up the table.

Westport United v Kiltimagh/Knock United (Sun 2.30pm)
Westport United probably believe that any shot at the league title was ended when they lost heavily to Ballina Town a few weeks ago. They will still be targeting a second-place finish and will use the rest of this season to prepare for the external cups as they attempt to get their season back on track. Kiltimagh/Knock were very disappointed to not pick up at least a point last weekend as a late penalty from Daniel Gorman snatched all three points for Straide & Foxford United after it looked like Liam Groarke’s late free kick had earned them a crucial point. They are level on points with Ballyheane in the second relegation spot but at this stage they look the more likely to pull clear in the coming weeks.

Three Store League One
Ballina Town B v Mulranny United (Sat 7pm)

Ballina Town B are hitting form at the right time of the season as they trail league leaders Manulla B by just two points and also progressed to the final of the Tonra Cup with a 3-0 win over Mossy Lally’s side in the semi-final last weekend. Just like their first team they are having no trouble finding the target with Dale Hopkins, Shane Devers, Jason Muldoon and Jordan Delaney all on the scoresheet numerous times in recent weeks. Mulranny got an important win over Partry two weeks ago but it would be a major surprise if they were to get anything from this game but that win might give them confidence that they can make a game of it.

Partry Athletic v Manulla B (Sat 7pm)

Partry Athletic are in real danger of relegation after that defeat to Mulranny as they continue to have trouble in front of goals with the lack of a real out an out goalscorer evident in the last few seasons. Manulla B defeat to Ballina Town B last weekend in the cup was not as one sided as the scoreline suggested as three first half goals left them with a mountain to climb. In the League they are in fine form as they have only lost once in their opening eight games. 

Killala v Castlebar Celtic B (Sun 2.30pm)

Killala have picked up only one point in their last two league games as they have fallen three points behind Ballina Town B in the race for promotion although they have the Tonra cup final to look forward to after a penalty shootout win over Crossmolina last weekend. Castlebar Celtic B have begun to show the from that got them promoted last year as they have won two of their last three league games to move out of the relegation zone. Player manager Bryan Mannion has once again been key to their revival with Nicky Canning also scoring some crucial goals in those games.

Kilmore v Crossmolina (Sun 2.30pm)
These two sides sit level on nine points in midtable, but both will be aware that they are far from clear of a relegation fight and a defeat here may leave them with a nervous few weeks in prospect. Crossmolina were three minutes away from reaching the divisional cup final and they will have to get over that disappointment quickly if they are to pick up any points in a ground that is always a tough place to go. Kilmore have one of the best defensive records in the division but it’s at the other end of the pitch they are having problems as they are second lowest scorers behind Partry Athletic with just thirteen league goals.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two

Ballyvary Blue Bombers v Ballina United (Sat 7pm)
These two sides recently met in the McDonnell Cup semi-finals where Ballina United progressed to the final with a 3-1 win. Whilst that ended Ballyvary’s chance of a trip to Solar 21 Park they still have their eyes on promotion to League One but they will need to put a strong run of wins together if they are to keep pace with Hollister and Claremorris B. Ballina on the other hand are finding league wins hard to come by, but with their players aiming to make the starting eleven in the cup final they are sure to be hard to beat in the next few weeks.

Hollister v Claremorris B (Sun 11.30am)
Hollister picked up a very important win last weekend to put a five-point gap between themselves and Claremorris B but a win for Claremorris on Sunday would leave them two points behind the leaders with a game in hand. They have already met twice this season with Hollister winning both games 3-2 so plenty of goals are expected again this weekend. Danny Langdon and Jamie Forde have been amongst the goals for Vinny Coen’s side, but the league leaders have been vulnerable at the back as they have conceded twice the amount of goals that Claremorris have so far in the league.