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Weekend Preview - 7th/8th July

06/07/18

Claremorris v Ballina Town - 02/07/18

The top two meet in the Premier Division and League One, the Westaro Cup Semi Finals take centre stage for four Super League sides and Castlebar Celtic and Westport meet in Celtic Park

Westaro Cup Semi Finals

Ballina Town v Ballyglass (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyglass travel to Belleek to take on the league leaders Ballina Town in the first of the semi finals on Sunday afternoon. They will face a wounded side who suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend when Claremorris finally ended their 13-game unbeaten run. These two sides are going to get to know each other really well in the next three weeks as they are due to meet each other in the Connacht Gold Quarter Finals and the League as well as this semi final clash. Ballyglass are nearer to the relegation spots than the top of the table as they remain just three points above Kiltimagh/Knock United in ninth place but a cup tie is a real leveller and they will fancy their chances of making the final.

Straide & Foxford United v Manulla (Sun 2.30pm)
Manulla’s recent good form came to an end last weekend as they lost a key game to fellow relegation threatened side Iorras Aontaithe. Connie Morrissey’s side are always at the business end of the cup competitions but they will need a big performance to make another final with a win at Green Road. Straide & Foxford remain in second place in the Super League but they will have been very disappointed to have dropped two points against Ballyheane last weekend. Daniel Gorman form of late has been key to their good results as the former Ballina Town star has began to find the net on a regular basis. Paul Moran has also re-joined the squad recently and his introduction to the side has also had a positive impact for Gary Byrne’s side.

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

Westport United had their title hopes renewed last weekend as the result from Claremorris meant they can now move to within six points of Ballina Town if they can get a win against Castlebar Celtic on Saturday evening. If they are to do so they will have to end Celtic’s long unbeaten home league record which stretches back to the 2016 season. Darren Browne and Brandon Scahill have become the key players in attack for John Russell’s side and they combined last weekend as Browne hit the winner in their 1-0 win over Kiltimagh/Knock United. Castlebar Celtic are on a four game losing streak and a win over their biggest rivals would be an ideal way to get their season back on track.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League
Bangor Hibs v Westport United B (Sat 7pm)
Bangor Hibs moved eight points clear the relegation zone with a 3-0 win over Ballyglass B two weeks ago as Brian McHale and Anthony Coyle were on target for Jimmy Flannery’s side. Hibs know another win or two will secure their Premier League status for another season but they also know that a defeat here will give Westport United B a great chance of avoiding the drop. Westport have won two of their last three league games as they have become much more competitive than they were at the start of the season.

Conn Rangers v Ballyglass B (Sat 7pm)
Conn Rangers relegation fears could be a lot worse on Saturday evening as Ballyglass B have the chance to move five points clear of their opponents if they can take all three points on offer at Mount Falcon. Conn Rangers are on a bad run of results as they have failed to pick up a point in their last five league games. In that time Ballyglass have found a bit of form taking seven points in the same period to move two points clear of the relegation zone.

Fahy Rovers v Swinford (Sat 7pm)
Fahy Rovers caused a major shock in their last game as they had a 3-1 win over Glenhest Rovers who were then top of the table. Simon Duffy scored twice in that win and he was also on target twice when these two sides met earlier in the season when Fahy also caused an upset with a 4-2 win in James McEvaddy Park. Swinford reached the Tuohy Cup Final last weekend and Liam Foy’s side are also only two points off the promotion spots as their only blip in recent weeks came in a 2-2 draw with Bangor Hibs. Paddy O’Donnell and Martin Murphy are their two key players but others like Joe Slevin and Chris Reddington have also played a huge role in their success this season.

Ballyhaunis Town v Achill Rovers (Sun 2.30pm)

Ballyhaunis Town are just outside the promotion spots in the Premier Division and by Sunday evening they could be further up the table if they can collect the three points on offer at Station Rise. Andy Cunnane recently re-joined his old club and he made an immediate impact as he scored a hat-trick in their last league outing. With Cunnane, Keith Robinson, Gary Higgins and Dayo Adex they have some of the best attacking players in the division and they will fancy their chances against an Achill Rovers side that have conceded the second highest amount of goals in the division. Achill are five points above the relegation zone but they will know that they will need another win or two if they are to have a comfortable end to the season.

Snugboro United v Glenhest Rovers (Sun 2.30pm)
The much-anticipated clash of the top two in this division takes place at Conway Park on Sunday afternoon as leaders Snugboro United take on second place Glenhest Rovers. Snugboro are the form side across all four divisions and have won eleven games in a row as they moved three points clear at the top of the table. Incidentally their last defeat came against their opponents on Sunday as Glenhest were the last side to beat Aaron Curry’s side at the beginning of April. Glenhest had a surprise defeat to Fahy Rovers two weeks ago and if they are to keep their title aspirations alive they will need to avoid defeat if they are to stay within touching distance at the top of the table.

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

Just like in the Premier Division the top two sides in League One also meet this weekend when Manulla B and Ballina Town B meet in Carramore. Ballina lie just two points behind Manulla at the top of the table and their recent 3-0 win over them in the Tonra Cup Semi Final will have given the Town a big lift in their pursuit of Mossy Lally’s side. Ballina have been prolific in front of goal this season with Dale Hopkins, Shane Devers, Jason Muldoon and Jordan Delaney hitting the net on a regular basis. Manulla’s blend of youth and experience is very evident this season as Manulla have only suffered one league defeat so far this season where their superior defensive record as been key to their lead at the top of the table.

Crossmolina v Castlebar Celtic B (Sat 7pm)

Crossmolina dug deep last weekend to take all three points in their clash with Kilmore as they came away with a 4-3 win from Drum. Shane Hennigan is their go to man when it comes to goals and the frontman now has nine league goals to his name this season and is the second top scorer in the division. Celtic looked doomed to relegation earlier in the season but they have turned their season around and are now three points clear of Partry Athletic in seventh place having picked up seven points in their last four games.

Mulranny United v Killala (Sat 7pm)
Killala will be confident of getting back to winning ways as they travel to Curraun to take on a struggling Mulranny United side on Saturday evening. Killala were in prime position for promotion just a few weeks ago but they have slipped five points behind Ballina Town B having only picked up two points in their last three games. Mulranny have still a chance of getting out of the relegation zone but they will need a big effort to change their fortunes around in the remaining five games of the season.

Partry Athletic v Kilmore (Sun 2.30pm)
Partry Athletic are running out of games to survive in League One and they enter a crucial period in their season with their next three games against teams in and around them in the table. A defeat to Kilmore on Sunday will leave them deeper in trouble as a win would move Michael O’Boyle’s side seven points clear of the drop and leave Partry with only a realistic chance of catching Castlebar Celtic B. Both sides are finding it difficult to score goals so a low scoring game is expected on Sunday

Killeen Sports Ground League Two
Claremorris B v Newport Burrishoole (Sat 7pm)

A late equalising goal from James Ruane in last weekend’s clash with Hollister has kept Claremorris B right in the title race and they will be expected to put further pressure on the league leaders with a win over bottom of the table Newport Burrishoole. Claremorris have only been beaten once in the league and were convincing 4-1 winners when these two sides met earlier in the season.

Ballina United v Hollister (Sun 11.30am)
It’s derby day for these two Ballina based sides as they prepare for two big games against each other in three weeks. First up is this league clash before they meet again in the McDonnell Cup Final later in the month. Hollister still lead at the top of the table but they will be wary of their neighbours who will be determined to put a dent in their title challenge.