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Weekend Preview Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd July

21/07/17

The two remaining Divisional Cup Finals take place on Sunday with a mouth watering Westaro Cup Final the highlight of the weekend.

Westaro Cup Final – Sponsored by Westaro Hosing

Castlebar Celtic v Manulla (Sun 3pm)

The only place to start in this weekend’s preview is the big clash on Sunday when Castlbar Celtic meet Manulla in the Westaro Cup Final. Celtic currently occupies third position in the Super League and it seems that the cup competitions are their best chance of success this season but they will have to perform to their best if they are to get the better of Connie Morrissey’s side. The re-emergence  of Gerard O’Boyle in the first eleven must be a huge lift for Conor O’Grady’s side but he some of the younger players in the squad have really hit top form in recent weeks especially Levi Barrett, Daniel O’Toole and Jason Hunt. Manulla are aiming to win the Westaro Cup for a third year in a row and they are also mounting a serious title challenge as they remain just one point behind league leaders Westport United. Chris Maughan was recently named Super League player of the month for June and Manulla will need him to be at the top of his game if they are to get on top of the Celtic midfield. Compared to the other teams at the top of the table Manulla are finding it difficult to find the back of the net but in Anthony Elding they have a player capable of being the match winner in any game. A close game is expected on Sunday so don’t be surprised if it take extra time or even penalties to separate these two sides.   

Tonra Cup – Sponsored by Solar 21

Partry Athletic v Snugboro United (Sun 12pm)

The Tonra Cup final also takes place on Sunday where Partry Athletic will be the underdogs as they take on an in form Snugboro United side that clinched promotion from League One last weekend. Partry have hit form at just the right time but they will need to take it up another step on Sunday if they are to have any chance of getting the better of Declan Lavelle’s side. Partry don’t have an out an out goalscorer but they have plenty of players that are capable of being the difference between the sides with the likes of Ciaran Hennelly, Michael Lally or James Colfer regularly on the score sheet. Snugboro are on a nine game winning run and look odds on to become League One champions in the next few weeks. Sean Curry and Norby Karol are the focal point of their attack but they can also get goals from all over the pitch as was proven last weekend when Johnny Walsh hit a first half hat-trick against Manulla B. They have also been very strong defensively conceding only thirteen goals in their eleven league games. Snugboro won the McDonnell Cup last year on penalties but they will be hoping for a repeat of the earlier league meeting between the two sides where they won 2-0.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League

Bangor Hibs v Iorras Aontaithe (Sun 12pm)

A North Mayo derby takes place at Ballybeg Park on Sunday when unbeaten Iorras Aontaithe make the short journey to take on Bangor Hibs. Iorras look odds on to make an instant return to the Super League while Hibs look to be content with consolidating their place in the Premier League. Iorras have been in great form recently with Ryan Ruddy and Kyle O’Reilly adding to the goal scoring threat of Brendan Nallen. Hibs have struggled lately and there is no surprise that the absence of Brian McHale in a number of matches as been a contributing factor to their recent results.

Conn Rangers v Swinford (Sun 12pm)

Swinford are the best placed side to mount a promotion challenge to Kiltimagh/Knock United and a defeat on Sunday against Conn Rangers would deal them a huge blow in their pursuit of Aiden Flatley’s side. James Devaney looks back to his best form and this was evident in their last outing when he hit a hat trick against Bangor Hibs. Conn Rangers may still believe they have an outside chance of claiming second position but they will probably need to win all of their remaining games to give themselves any chance of making this a reality.

Westport B v Fahy Rovers (Sun 12pm)

At the other end of the table Westport United B host Fahy Rovers in a relegation six pointer as they aim to push on from their 1-0 win over Ballyhaunis Town two weeks ago. That win moved Westport two points clear of Fahy and Killala at the bottom of the table but a defeat on Sunday will see them return to the relegation zone. Fahy drew 1-1 with Conn Rangers last time out but they will need to start getting a few wins if they are to escape the drop like they did last season when they had a great end to the season.

Killala v Ballyhaunis Town (Sun 2.30pm)

The final game on Sunday is hard to call when Killala host Ballyhaunis Town at The Courthouse. Killala have only won one of their last seven league games as they have slipped to the bottom of the Premier League but they will see this game as a big chance to change that statistic when they meet a Ballyhaunis side who have yet to win away this year. Keith Robinson is joint leading scorer in the division so Killala will have to curtail him if they are to have any chance of picking up the points while they will need Rory Gallagher to be at his best at the other end of the field.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two

Newport Town v Castlebar Celtic B (Sat 6.30pm)

League Two leaders Castlebar Celtic B were crowned McDonnell Cup Winners last weekend when they beat Kilmore 1-0 after extra time. Player manager Bryan Mannion came off the bench in that game to score the winner and his side are now also clear favourites for the league title. These two sides also clashed two weeks ago in the league and it will take a massive effort from Newport to reverse the result from that game when Celtic ran out comfortable winners.

Hollister v Kiltimagh/Knock United B (Sun 12pm)

Hollister have the chance to move into second place on Sunday and they will fancy their chances of doing just that when Kiltimagh/Knock United make the journey to Belleek. Kiltimagh/Knock are still looking to pick up their first win of the season and they were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline when these two sides met two weeks ago.