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Weekend Review - 8th/9th September

09/09/18

  • Hollister - League Two Champions 2018
  • Mayo League Chairman Gerry Sweeney presents the League Two Cup to Eamon Kenny
  • Hollister's Vinny Coen and Michael Lavin with the League Two Cup
  • Straide & Foxford United v Ballina Town - 09/09/18

Hollister are crowned Killeen Sports Gorund League Two Champions as Claremorris also got the win to join them in League One next season while Snugboro United secured promotion to the Super League

Hollister are the Killeen Sports Ground League Two Champions after a 2-1 win over neighbours Ballina United in Belleek. Finally after many years in the lower echelons of Mayo League Football the team who were founded in the mid seventies claimed their first ever League title. Manager Vinny Coen has ploughed an at times lonely furrow with this team for a long number of seasons but at long last he was ecstatic at his sides narrow and just about deserving victory in Belleek. With a large crowd present to witness Mayo League history unfold no one will begrudge Hollister their finest hour. For the record Daniel Langdon put Hollister ahead from the spot before Shane Maughan levelled before the break. The second half saw Ballina Utd have two gilt edge chances but these were squandered before Tony Loftus volleyed home the winner after Malachy McCarron flighted a freekick into the box. It was nervy from there to the finish but the men in blue and red held on for a famous victory.

Claremorris B were also celebrating on Sunday as they clinced promotion to League One with a 4-2 win over Newport Burrishoole. Clive Hennigan first half hat-trick had Claremorris well on their way to promotion but Newport made it a nervy finale as they pulled two goals back before Alan Fenwick finally put the result beyond doubt with a late goal that secured their promotion in their first season in League Two.

Elverys Sports Super League                                                                                                                                                                                        In the big game on Saturday evening Westport United moved six points clear of Castlebar Celtic in the race for second spot with a 2-0 win over their rivals at United Park. Westport took the lead on 15 minutes when Mark McDonagh fired home at the second attempt after Celtic failed to clear a freekick from the left hand side. Celtic piled on the pressure early in the second half but were hit for the killer second goal on seventy five minutes when Jack Murphy tapped the ball home after the Celtic keeper failed to hold on to a shot from the right hand side of the penalty area.

Claremorris moved level on points with Castlebar Celtic in third place with a convincing 3-0 over Manulla in Carramore on Saturday evening. The goals came from Simon Butler, Danny Broderick and Ronan Commons.

Ballina Town continued their winning run with a 4-2 win over neighbours Straide & Foxford United at Green Road. Ciaran Gaughan, Tommy Forde, Benny Lavelle were on the scoresheet for Mcik Duffy’s side while the fourth goal was an unfortunate own goal from a Straide & Foxford defender.
 
At the other end of the table Iorras Aontaithe’s relegation was confirmed as Kiltimagh/Knock United took a big step towards survival with a 3-1 win at CMS Park. Kiltimagh/Knock moved three points clear of Ballyheane with two games remaining as Liam Groarke and Jan Lapour ensured Aiden Flatley’s side picked up a crucial three points.

Ballyheane are still in with a chance of staying up after a 1-1 draw with Ballyglass on Sunday afternoon. The point leaves them three behind Kiltimgh/Knock United but a win over Iorras Aontaithe next weekend will set them up for a massive final league game against Aiden Flatley’s side

Swinford
remain in contention for promotion at the top of the Premier Division after a dramatic last-minute winner seen them past the challenge of Glenhest Rovers on Saturday evening. Credit must go to Glenhest for putting in such a strong performance as they returned to action following the terrible loss of David Walsh as they came from behind on three occasions and were unlucky to lose the game right at the death. The Glenhest goals came from Declan McManamon, Cathal Chambers and a Chris Rowland penalty while Kevin McDonagh and Peter McNicholas both scored twice for Swinford as they moved to within four points of Ballyhaunis Town as we enter the final few weeks of the season.

Ballyglass B are now on the brink of relegation after a 2-2 draw with Achill Rovers on Saturday evening. They now trial Conn Rnagers by six points with two games remaining and look odds to join Westport United B in League One next season.

Ballyhaunis Town lost two valuable points in their pursuit of league leaders Snugboro United, when they let a two goal lead slip to their hosts Fahy Rovers at Solar 21 Park on Saturday night.
The first half was fairly lacklustre affair in which Ballyhaunis dominated possession without creating too many scoring chances.
Ballyhaunis continued their dominance into the second half and were rewarded when Dayo Adex pounced on a loose ball in the Fahy box to put them deservedly in front on 55 minutes. Five minutes later Jarlath Carney made it 2-0 when he finished off a good team move with a deft chip over Joe Kane in the Fahy goal. The game seemed to be slipping away from Fahy at this stage, but the foothold that they needed, was provided by a Simon Duffy goal on 65 minutes. He latched on to a good through ball to slot home at the near post.In an amazing turnaround, Fahy were now well on top and chasing what 10 minutes earlier seemed like an unlikely point. With seven minutes to go, Fahy got the goal that they deserved as a well flighed free kick into the Ballyhaunis box from Fahy keeper Joe Kane was defected into the net off a Ballyhaunis defender.
Duffy had a chance to grab all three points for Fahy with the last kick of the game, but his free kick went just over the crossbar.

Snugboro United nineteen game winning run came to an end on Sunday afternoon as an out of form Bangor Hibs side caused a huge upset at Conway Park. Snugboro promotion was secured on Saturday night as Glenhest failed to beat Swinford and they had the chance to secure the title on Sunday but it wasn’t to be as Hibs came away with a 2-1 win. Snugboro dominated early on but it was Hibs that had struck first as Barry McAndrew gave them the lead just after the half hour mark. Snugboro hit back immediately after half time as Alan Lyons somehow scooped the ball home at the far post after Hibs failed to clear a long throw in from the left hand side of the box. At this stage it looked like their would only be one winner but Pat McHale was in outstanding form in the Hibs goal to deny Jason Ormsby and Sean Curry on numerous occasions. Hibs though hit the winner when young winger Donal Connolly finished with a low shot into the left hand corner of the net after a quick counter attack down the right hand side. Hibs held on as Snugboro threw everything at them and it will surly only be a matter of time before they pick up the Premier League title as they still lead by four points at the top with two games remaining.

Conn Rangers moved to within a point of safety with a 5-1 win over Westport United B on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Jason Farrell (2), Ben Stowe, Luke Ruane and James Noone were more than enough to secure a very important three points for the North Mayo side.

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