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Weekend Review - 31st March/1st April


  • Castlebar Celtic 1 v 1 Ballina Town
  • Castlebar Celtic 1 v 1 Ballina Town
  • Castlebar Celtic 1 v 1 Ballina Town

Castlebar Celtic and Manulla strike late to claim a point while Straide & Foxford United, Ballyheane and Westport United all picked up three points over the weekend.

In the Elverys Sports Super League Straide & Foxford United continued their good start to the season with a 4-1 win over Super League newcomers Kiltimagh/Knock United. S&F didn’t have it all their own way as Kiltimagh/Knock lead 1-0 at the break as Liam Groarke scored their first ever goal in the top division. For the second game in a row Straide & Foxford went into the second half a goal down but they turned it around once again thanks to goals from John Durkan (2), Daniel Gorman & Johnnie Cocozza.

In the other game on Saturday evening Ballyheane got their season off to a great start with a 2-0 win away at Claremorris who are still looking for their first points of the season. Ballyheane’s young side came away with the points thanks to two second half goals from Shea Benson and Ciaran Lyons.

On Sunday afternoon there were two big derbies with the first taking place at Celtic Park as Castlebar Celtic took on Ballina Town. Celtic’s long unbeaten home league record was under threat late into the game, but Colm Nevin found the net to ensure his side earned a share of the spoils with just under ten minutes remaining. Ballina Town look much more focused than they did last season as it was a very cagey first half display by both sides but the Town broke the deadlock early in the second half thanks to a Jamie Cawley goal.

The second big derby took place in Carramore as Ballyglass made the short journey to take on their near neighbours Manulla and both sides played their part in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Manulla were 2-0 up after forty minutes as Lucas De Paula scored both goals for Connie Morrissey’s side but Ballyglass pulled a goal back just before half time thanks to a superb freekick from Keelan McDonnell. Ballyglass came out fighting in the second half and within twenty minutes they found themselves in front as the ever reliable Jp O’Gorman struck twice and their only looked to be one winner at this stage. Ballyglass came within minutes of picking up a point away to Westport last weekend and they were hit right at the death once again as Manulla grabbed a valuable point when Johnny Burke headed a late equaliser to deny Tom Connolly’s side once again.

Westport United picked up their second win of the season as they put six past Iorras Aontaithe as they were much the more clinical side at United Park. Peter Corcoran opened the scoring early on with what was probably the goal of the game and Mikey O’Brien and Brandon Scahill added further goals before the break. Scahill made it 4-0 after less than ten minutes of the second half had elapsed before substitutes Adam Mulchrone and Jesper Frisch put the game well out of the reach of Iorras who did score a consolation goal from substitute Jason Boylan in between the final two Westport goals.

In the CastleCourt Hotel Premier Division Ballyhaunis Town and Swinford have set the early pace as Bangor Hibs got their first win of the season.
The early game on Saturday evening seen Ballyhaunis Town lay down a marker in the Premier League as they put seven past Westport United B. After their big win over Bangor Hibs in their opening game they once again showed their attacking intent at Solar 21 Park with goals from Cathal Carney (2), Dayo Adex (2), Keith Robinson (2) and Gary Higgins. Tommy Page’s side look like early season promotion favourites, but it is still very early in the season and they have a tough trip to Achill ahead of them next weekend

The second game at Solar 21 Park on Saturday evening saw Fahy Rovers and Glenhest Rovers come away with a share of the spoils as Glenhest hit a late equaliser to deny Fahy an opening day win. After a tense opening half ended goalless Fahy finally broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes remaining thanks to an acrobatic goal from Darren Creaby who was first to react as Glenhest failed to clear a corner. Glenhest to their credit kept plugging away and with their final attack levelled matters as Cathal Chambers freekick found it’s way into the back of the Fahy net via the crossbar.

Bangor Hibs had their goalkeeper Pat McHale to thank as they picked up their first three points of the season with a hard fought 2-1 win over Ballyglass B in Ballybeg Park. Mchale saved a second half penalty from Michael Flannery as Hibs held out to secure the victory. Brian McHale had Hibs in front midway through the first half with a great finish from a tight angle. Ballyglass were level just five minutes later as Darragh McNamara capitalised on a defensive mistake in the Hibs defence. Just before half time Hibs were back in front as Brian McHale played a great through ball to the excellent Cathal Doherty and he calmly finished past Nathan Prendergast in the Ballyglass goal to score what proved to be the winning goal.

In the early game on Sunday morning Swinford continued their winning streak as they continued to score for fun in a 4-1 win over Conn Rangers. Swinford took the lead through Joe Slevin but the sides went in level at the break as Eoin Prendergast scored Conn Rangers first goal of the season. Just like last weekend Swinford preformed much better in the second half and Paddy O’Donnell had them back in front in the 67th minute before Darragh Price and Niall Price ensured the three points of Liam Foy’s side with further goals in the 76th and 79th minute.

There was another 3-3 thriller in the Premier League as Achill Rovers kicked off their season by picking up a point away to Snugboro United. Achill took the lead on twenty five minutes when Kevin Lynch converted from the spot as he scored in his 18th consecutive season but Snugboro didn’t take long to equalise through Norbert Karol and before half time Alan Lyons added a second to put the home side ahead. Achill responded well as Brandon McGing levelled matters once again less than 10 minutes into the second half. The scoring was to continue as Sean Curry made it 3-2 to Snugboro before the final goal of the game came in the dying minutes as Snugboro scored an unfortunate own goal to ensure both sides got a point on the board.

The Three Store League One got underway this weekend with Ballina Town B, Manulla B, Kilmore and Mulranny United all getting their first three points of the season.

Ballina Town B began their season with a 2-1 win away to Killala in the big local derby in League One in what was a fiercely competitive game. Jason Muldoon and Shane Devers were amongst the goals for Philly Devers side and Aaron O’Boyle hit the lone reply for Killala. Killala also had a second goal ruled out as Marc McDonnell had to retake his first attempt from the penalty spot due to an infringement and he subsequently missed his second effort as Ballina held out to take all three points.

Mossy Lally’s Manulla B proved too strong for Crossmolina as they got their season off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Derek Greham’s side in Carramore. Shane Durkan proved the matchwinner as his second half brace was enough to secure all three points for the home side.

The two sides that were promoted from League Two last year met in their opening game of the 2018 season as Castlebar Celtic B made the journey to Drum to take on Kilmore. Kilmore couldn’t have asked for a better start as they hit six goals against their nemesis from last season. Michael O’Boyle’s side relied on Sean Brogan for goals last year but they had no such problems on Saturday as they had six different goalscorers with the goals coming from Niall Cawley, Liam Murphy, Jamie Flannery, Sean Brogan, Darren Keane and Shane Kennedy.

The only game in League One on Sunday afternoon was in Partry as Mulranny United got their season off to the perfect start with a 1-0 win against the home side. Partry can count themselves a little unlucky but credit must go to Mulranny who scored the winner midway through the second half.

In the Killeen Sports Ground League Two Hollister continued from where they left off last season as they started their season with a 3-2 win over Ballyvary Blue Bombers and Ballina United made a winning return to Mayo League football with a 1-0 win over Newport Burrishoole.