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Weekend Review - 28th/29th April

27/04/18

Ballina Town 4 v 1 Ballyglass 21/04/18

There’s two big local derbies in the Super League this weekend as the Tonra Cup gets underway for League One teams.

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Ballina Town B v Partry Athletic (Sat 6.30pm)
Partry will attempt to leave their poor league form behind them when they travel to Belleek to take on Ballina Town B on Saturday evening. Ballina had an excellent start to the season but have only picked up one point from their last two games as they have slipped to third place in League One. Shane Devers and Dale Hopkins lead the goalscoring charts in the Division as Philly Devers side have shown they can be very prolific on their day. Partry will be hoping a win here will kick start their season as they will know that they have been far from their best in the league where they are still looking for their first win.

Manulla B v Kilmore (Sat 6.30pm)
Manulla B continued their brilliant start to the season with a 4-1 win over Mulranny United last weekend as Mossy Lally’s side made it four wins from four in the League and they will be expected to progress in the cup when Kilmore visit on Saturday evening. Kilmore have picked up all their points at home so far this year and they will be hoping to improve their away form by making it through to the Semi Finals and with Sean Brogan back to his best form after last year’s injury they could be capable of causing an upset especially after adding Padraig Doherty and Damien Barrett to their squad this week.

Crossmolina v Castlebar Celtic B (Sun 2.30pm)
Just two weeks ago Crossmolina were very impressive in their 4-1 win over Celtic B and it’s hard to see a different result when these two sides meet again on Sunday afternoon. Celtic B did earn a point last weekend away to Partry Athletic so Bryan Mannion will be hoping a cup run could be just what they need to help turn their around the poor start they have had to the season. Crossmolina are always difficult to beat at home but last weekend’s defeat to Killala showed they have frailties at he back as they threw away a 2-0 half time lead to lose by the odd goal in five.

Killala v Mulranny United (Sun 2.30pm)
Killala will be looking to continue their recent good form as they have won three in a row after an opening day defeat to Ballina Town B. Rory Gallagher’s return to action came in their 3-2 win over Crossmolina last weekend as he came off the bench to star in a second half comeback. Killala will be favourites to progress in this tie as Mulranny  have found been in indifferent form since they picked up their only three points against Partry Athletic on the first day of the season.

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Ballyheane v Manulla (Sat 6.30pm)
There’s a big local derby to kick-off the Super League action this weekend as Ballyheane take on Manulla on Saturday evening. It was in the corresponding fixture last July that Ballyheane more or less ended Manulla’s title ambitions as Jamsie Finnerty hit a hat trick in a 3-3 draw and goals are expected again this time around in what always proves to be an exciting clash. Manulla were disappointed to only pick up a point in last weekend’s clash against Kiltimagh/Knock United and if they are to challenge at the top of the table they will need to pick up three points on Saturday. Ballyheane have one win from two so they will be happy with their start to the season as they prepare for only their third game of the season  due to two games being postponed so far.

Kiltimagh/Knock Utd v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 6.30pm)

Two weeks ago, these two sides met in the Westaro Cup when Liam Flatley hit four goals for Celtic as an excellent second half performance seen them come away with a 6-1 win. Celtic are unbeaten in their opening three league games and have been in impressive form so far this season. Kiltimagh/Knock picked up their first point of the season away to Manulla last weekend so Aiden Flatley and his side will be encouraged as they look to cause a shock on Saturday evening. Stephen Wallace was on target in that game and they will need him to bring his previous Super League experience to the squad if they are to move up the table.

Straide & Foxford Utd v Westport Utd (Sat 6.30pm)
Before last weekend’s defeat to Claremorris many would have fancied Straide & Foxford United’s chances against the champions, but that defeat put a huge dent in their title ambitions. Westport are the only team to have won all of their opening league games so far but two of those wins have been against the sides that were promoted last season so much tougher games are on the horizon for John Russell’s side.

Ballyglass v Claremorris (Sun 2.30pm)
It’s only two weeks since these sides met in the Westaro Cup when Ballyglass came out on top after a 4-3 victory in extra time. Claremorris will be buoyed by their first win of the season last weekend against Straide & Foxford United where their main Dean Roddy was on target for the first time this season as he hit a brace. Jp O’Gorman was the difference between the sides in that cup game and his form this season has been excellent so far with five goals to his name. Claremorris won both games last season so Ballyglass will be looking to turn the tables this time around in this local derby.

Iorras Aontaithe v Ballina Town (Sun 2.30pm)
Table toppers Ballina Town travel to Carne Nash on Sunday where they will face an Iorras Aontaithe side still looking for their first points of the season. Ballina have been really impressive so far with Benny Lavelle leading the Super League goalscoring charts with seven goals but others have also looked particularly impressive with Jamie Cawley, Mark Duffy and Niall Casey in fine form. Iorras have got to sort out their defensive problems quickly as they have conceded an average of five goals a game in their opening four games but the fact that after this game they will have played the top 4 sides should give them hope going into the next part of the season.

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Ballyglass B v Snugboro United (Sat 6.30pm)

There’s a repeat of last weekend’s Tuohy Cup clash on Saturday evening as Ballyglass B will be hoping for a different result as they take on Snugboro United. Snugboro were 5-1 winners in that game and it’s hard to see anything but a win for Aaron Curry’s side this time around as well. Snugboro lie third in the Premier League while Ballyglass have picked up just a point which came in their last league game against Fahy Rovers.

Swinford v Ballyhaunis Town (Sat 6.30pm)
The game of the weekend in the Premier League takes place on Saturday evening when the two top goalscoring teams meet at James McEvaddy Park. Both sides had big wins in the Tuohy Cup last weekend and more goals are expected this weekend as they look to keep up their push for promotion. Swinford are not showing any effects from the departure of James Devanney to Manulla as Paddy O’Donnell, Peter McNicholas and Martin Murphy have had no problems in finding the net for Liam Foy’s side. Keith Robinson has led the line for Ballyhaunis both other like Dayo Adex and Hamad Althobhahey have also been in excellent form.

Glenhest Rovers v Westport United B (Sun 11.30am)
Top meets bottom at Belta in the early game on Sunday morning when Glenhest Rovers take on Westport United B. Glenhest are unbeaten so far this season and set down a marker when they inflicted a first defeat on Ballyhaunis Town last time out when Kevin Ward was the hero with both goals in a 2-1 win. Westport B have struggled to get a team on the pitch on more than one occasion already this season, so a good performance is needed here to get the interest going amongst the squad.

Achill Rovers v Bangor Hibs (Sun 2.30pm)
If either of these sides have their eyes on promotion this season this game already looks like a must win game so that they can stay in touch with the teams above them. Both sides have suffered one league defeat so far this season which came at the hands of Ballyhaunis Town. Achill have struggled defensively so far, and a lack of a regular keeper is an issue they need to address if they are to challenge at the top of the table. Hibs are as ever relying on Brian McHale to get their goals as the prolific striker has already scored in their first two games. David Doocey return to the heart of their defence has been a big plus to Jimmy Flannery’s side as he tries to plug the gap left by Andy Lavelle who retired at the end of last season.

Conn Rangers v Fahy Rovers (Sun 2.30pm)
Fahy Rovers may be near the bottom of the table, but they have only played two games and are unbeaten so far as they picked up a point in both those games. Eoin Prendergast got Conn Rangers winner in their 1-0 win over Ballyglass B two weeks ago as Joe Faughnan’s side earned their first win of the season which came after two early season defeats left them near the bottom of the table. Fahy suffered a heavy defeat in the cup last weekend at the hands of Ballyhaunis Town mainly due to the fact that just like last season they seem to be finding it hard to find the net.

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Hollister v Ballina United (Sun 11am)

One of the most eagerly awaited clashes so far this season takes place in Belleek on Sunday morning when Hollister take on Ballina United. Hollister currently top League Two with full points from their opening three games which have all amazingly been 3-2 wins. Last season’s League Two top goalscorer Danny Langdon got his first of the season last weekend against Claremorris B as Malachy McCarron was also on target again as he hit the winner from the penalty spot. Ballina United have had a mixed start to the new season with two defeats after their opening day win over Newport Burrishoole but there is nothing like a local derby to bring the best out of any side.

Newport Burrishoole v Claremorris B (Sun 2.30pm)
Newport Burrishoole and Claremorris B will be both looking for the win to keep in touch with Hollister at the top of the table when they meet on Sunday afternoon at Solar 21 Park. Claremorris B have a blend of youth and experience in their squad and look like they could be the ones to challenge for promotion this year but Newport are also capable of beating any team in this division on their day if they can get the best out of players like Stephen Barrett and Niall Mullarkey.

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