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Weekend Review - 7th/8th July


  • Ballina Town v Ballyglass - 08/07/2018
  • Ballina Town v Ballyglass - 08/07/2018
  • Ballina Town v Ballyglass - 08/07/2018
  • Ballina Town v Ballyglass - 08/07/2018

Ballina Town and Manulla to meet in the Westaro Cup Final after wins over Ballyglass and Straide & Foxford Utd while Snugboro United and Manulla B had huge wins at he top of their respective divisions

Westaro Cup Semi Finals

Ballina Town put last weekend’s defeat to Claremorris behind them with an emphatic 5-0 win over Ballyglass to reach the Westaro Cup Final. Dylan Edwards continued his goalscoring start in Belleek as he hit a hat trick with the other goals coming from Luke Honan and Benny Lavelle. Edwards scored 31 goals for Boyle Celtic in the Roscommon Premier Division last season and his signing has given Mick Duffy’s side an extra dimension in attack as they enter the key part of the season.

In the second semi final Manulla continued to live up to their cup pedigree with a 3-1 win over Straide & Foxford United at Green Road. Straide & Foxford went in front just before the half hour mark thanks to Johnnie Cocozza but Enda McGahon had Manulla back on level terms minutes later to leave the sides level at the break. It was to remain this way until near the end when Manulla finally broke the deadlock through a strike from Gerry Canavan. Gary McHale then put the tie beyond doubt when he completed the scoring minutes later to set up a mouth watering clash with Ballina Town in the final next month.

Elverys Sports Super League
Castlebar Celtic
kept their long unbeaten home record intact as they ended their four game losing streak as they battled back to earn a 1-1 draw with rivals Westport United. Westport had the chance to cut Ballina Town’s lead at the top of the table to six points and looked on course to do so after they took the lead on 28 minutes as Darren Browne headed home a corner as he found himself unmarked ten yards out. Celtic though were back on level terms just after the hour mark when Ger O’Boyle headed home a left wing cross to leave Gary Cunningham with no chance in the Westport goal to earn his side a share of the spoils.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League
Bangor Hibs
hit a late equaliser to deny Westport United B a massive three points at the bottom of the table. Westport looked like they had done enough to hold on as Michael Gibbons put in a man of the match performance in goal to deny Hibs on numerous occasions. Westport took the lead on twenty five minutes when Damien Gibbons headed them in front after a well worked move down the right wing. From them on Bangor had all the chances but just when it looked like the equaliser would never come Anthony Coyle headed home a Michael Reilly corner to deny Westport a crucial three points.

Conn Rangers moved above Ballyglass B and out of the relegation zone with a 6-0 victory over Ray Prendergast’s side. It was a big win for the North Mayo side and their best performance of the season came at just the right time. Luke Ruane scored twice with the other goals coming from Eoin Prendergast, Matthew Leneghan, Ger Lovett and Paul Hughes.
Swinford moved into joint second place in the Premier League and maintained their recent good run of form with a 3-0 win away to Fahy Rovers on Saturday evening. The young player of the month for April Martin Murphy was once again on target hitting two of the goals with the excellent Joe Slevin netting the other. Murphy has now scored in four of his side’s last five games as the youngster is showing exactly why he was a deserving recipient of the award earlier in the season.

Snugboro United
moved five points clear at the top of the division with a 2-0 win over second place Glenhest Rovers on Sunday afternoon. Ronan McTigue gave Snugboro the lead early in the first half and Jason Ormsby made the points safe for Aaron Curry’s side when he struck the second goal with about twenty minutes remaining.
Ballyhaunis Town took advantage of Glenhest’s defeat as they moved above them in the table with a 4-0 win over an understrength Achill Rovers side. Gary Higgins scored twice with Alan Canny and Dayo Adex grabbing the other goals.

Three Store League One
Manulla B
boosted their title chances with a massive 2-0 win over second place Ballina Town B on Saturday evening. Manulla took the lead in the first half as Roger Clarke was quickest to react as he finished to an empty net after a good save by the Ballina keeper. Manulla had to wait until injury time to put the game beyond doubt as Alan McHale hit the all important second goal. Ballina were awarded a spot kick in the dying moments of the game but they weren’t able to covert the chance as the effort went high over the bar.
Castlebar Celtic B moved further clear of the relegation zone with an important 5-3 win over Crossmolina on Saturday evening. Despite going a goal behind after just five minutes they hit five goals without reply to take control of the game and keep up their recent good run of form. Corey Scahill hit his first goals of the season as he stuck a hat trick with the other goals coming from Donal Irwin and Ruairi Nevin. Crossmolina did pull two goals back late on but Celtic stood firm to move five points clear of the relegation zone.

Killala moved to within two points of Ballina Town B in second place with a 7-0 win over a very understrength Mulranny United side on Sunday morning. The goals came from Ryan Sweeney (2), Aaron O’Boyle (2), Des McGowan, Matthew Langdon-Long and Kyle McLoughlin.

Partry Athletic dragged Kilmore right into the relegation race with a 2-1 win over the North Mayo men on Sunday afternoon. The win moved Partry to within a point of Kimore with four games remaining with Castlebar Celtic B a further two points ahead as the season enters its final weeks.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two
title hopes took a massive hit on Sunday morning as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat to local rivals Ballina United. Danny Langdon and Shane McKee were on target for Hollister while the Ballina United goals came from Martin McDonagh, Shane Maughan and Trevor Marshall.

Claremorris B moved to within two points of Hollister with a game in hand after a 5-0 win over Newport Burrishoole on Sunday afternoon. Claremorris B will have the chance to move to the top of the table in two weeks’ time when they meet Ballyvary Blue Bombers in that game in hand.