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Weekend Preview - 5th/6th May


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Swinford meet Kilkerrin United in the Connacht Shield Final in the big game of the weekend as there are four rearranged games taking place across the Super League and Premier League.

TP Brennan Connacht Shield Final

Kilkerrin United v Swinford (Sun 3pm in Lecarrow)

Swinford have a chance to win a provincial title on Sunday when they meet Roscommon league side Kilkerrin United in the Connacht Junior Shield Final. Liam Foy’s side have come through some tough ties to reach the final including a penalty shootout win over Hudson Bay Athletic in the Quarter Finals and a 3-1 win after extra-time victory of Colemanstown United in the Semi-Final. They have also had a very good start to the domestic season with Paddy O’Donnell, Joe Slevin, Darragh Price and Martin Murphy been key to their good performances. O’Donnell in particular has been impressive in their run to the final as he has scored in every round and has seven goals in total in those four games. Their opponents on Sunday play in the Roscommon league but are based in the parish of Kilkerrin/Clonberne in North Galway. They were recently crowned Division One Champions in the Roscommon League as they returned to the top division after a spell in Division One. They have lots of good players in their squad as Jason Ward, Liam Boyle, Evan Davis and James O’Donnell and their captain Aiden Kitt have all played underage for the county side at some stage. Boyle has also scored in every round so far on route to the final so keeping him quite might be the key to a Swinford win. This will be a very tough game to call and don’t be surprised if extra time or penalties is needed to separate these two sides.

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Kiltimagh/Knock United v Ballyheane (Sat 6.30 pm)

Kiltimagh/Knock United have an opportunity to move out of the relegation zone as they meet Ballyheane in their game in hand on those around them. Both sides will go into this game with confidence after good results last weekend as Kiltimagh/Knock picked up a point at home to Castlebar Celtic and Ballyheane had a derby win over Manulla. Ballyheane have made an excellent start to the season as Joe Redmond’s young squad as got two wins from their opening three games. Kiltimagh/Knock are still looking for their first win of the season and its game like these that they will need to win if they are to have any chance of staying in the Super League in their debut season.

Ballyglass v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 6.30pm)
Ballyglass had their star striker Jp O’Gorman to thank as they picked up their first win of the season as he struck all four goals in a 4-3 win over Claremorris. O’Gorman has seven league goals so far this season and Celtic will need to keep him quiet if they are to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s draw at Kiltimagh/Knock United. Celtic are unbeaten after four league games and a win on Saturday will move them into second place in the table. Gary Concannon has been their star performer in recent games but others like Liam Flatley and Gerry Hunt have also been key to their unbeaten start to the season.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League
Achill Rovers v Fahy Rovers

Achill Rovers are probably still wondering how they failed to find the decisive goal as they drew with Bangor Hibs last weekend as they dominated the second half. They looked solid at the back in that game but their lack of an out and out striker has left them with just one win from their opening four games where most of their goals have come from midfield. Fahy are level on points with Achill after a 2-1 win over Conn Rangers last time out as they have made a good start to the year following a difficult season last year where they needed a relegation play-off win over Killala to stay up. They are unbeaten after their opening three games but a trip to Fr. O’Brien Park will really test Barry O’Rourke’s side.

Bangor Hibs v Conn Rangers
Bangor Hibs have seven points on the board after their opening four games, but their lack of goals must be a real worry for the North Mayo side. Brian McHale seems to be their only real threat and they will need others to step up to the mark in the coming weeks if they are to continue their good start to the season. Conn Rangers young side are struggling to get to grips with playing at this level but the signing of Owen McNamara this week will give Joe Faughnan’s side a real lift. Eoin Prendergast has been their main threat so far this year as the youngster has scored in his last two games.