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Weekend Review 9th/10th September


  • Mayo League's Sean Molloy presents the Premier League Cup to Kyle O'Reilly
  • Iorras Aontaithe - Premier League Champions 2017
  • Iorras Aontaithe's Ryan Ruddy scored 4 goals in their 9-1 win over Swinford

Iorras Aontaithe pick up the Premier League trophy as Kilmore win promotion from League Two while relegation matters drew the headlines in the top two divisions.

In the Elverys Sports Super League Manulla ensured the title race goes down to the final day of the season with a 4-2 win over Claremorris. Claremorris did their best to spoil the party as they went ahead twice in the game but Jesse Devers brought Manulla level on the first occasion before Gerry Canavan tied up the scores after Claremorris hit the lead for a second time. Canavan made it 3-2 before they added a further goal to seal the three points late on.

Westport United make short work of Glenhest Rovers as they won 5-0 to go into their final game away to Claremorris knowing a point will be enough for them to retain the title. Phillip Keegan, Colm Keane and Peter Corcoran had the home side 3-0 up at the break before David Hoban and Keegan added further goals in the second half to leave John Brennan’s side on the brink of another league title. Glenhest on the other hand are still in danger of going down but they will go into their final game at home to Ballina Town knowing that a draw will be enough to see Ballyheane finish in the second relegation spot.

Ballyheane went into their game with Ballyglass knowing they needed to get at least a point to give themselves a chance of catching Glenhest Rovers and avoiding relegation to the Premier League. Even though Ballyglass had nothing to play for they still made life very difficult for Ballyheane and looked to have taken all three points as they led 3-2 going into the final few minutes. However Ballyheane did manage to get the equaliser and if they get a win over Achill Rovers in their final league game they could yet force a play-off with Glenhest Rovers in their bid to beat the drop.

Straide & Foxford United played their final home game of the season on Saturday evening and came away with the three points with a good win over Castlebar Celtic. Damian Frontczak gave the home side the lead on the half hour mark before Gerard O’Boyle levelled the scores just before half time. In an even second half the league’s top goalscorer John Durkan added to his tally as he hit the winner with twenty minutes to go which proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Ballina Town continued their strong finish to the season as they put seven past already relegated Achill Rovers on Saturday evening thanks to a hat trick from Ciaran Gaughan and further goals from Dylan McKee, Luke Honan, Eugene Gorman and Fabiano.

In the CastleCourt Hotel Premier Division Iorras Aontaithe picked up the Premier League trophy in style as they put nine past Swinford in a very one sided game at Carne Nash. Ivan Barrett put Iorras in front after eight minutes before Ryan Ruddy hit a hat trick in five minutes to leave Iorras 4-0 up at the break. Ruddy got his fourth goal on 51 minutes before Brendan Nallen also hit a hat trick and Kyle O’Reilly got his side’s ninth goal with a well struck free kick with three minutes remaining. After the game the Vice Chairman of the Mayo League Sean Molloy presented the trophy to Iorras captain Kyle O'Reilly as Iorras made an immeadiate return to the Super League.

In one of the big games at the bottom of the table Killala picked up what could prove to be a vital point as they drew 0-0 with Westport United B at the Courthouse but they will now go into their final game with Bangor Hibs needing to win to avoid the drop.

Crossmolina picked up a vital 3-2 win over local rivals Conn Rangers to give themselves a massive chance of staying up going into their final game against Westport United B. Shane Hennigan had Crossmolina in front before Conn Ranger hit back to level the scores. Ian Gordon then had the home side back in front before he made it 3-1 as he headed in his second goal of the game from a freekick. Conn Rangers pulled a goal back from the spot with six minutes remaining but Derek Grehem’s side held out to get their first win in seven league games.

Fahy Rovers remain in the relegation battle after a heavy 7-1 defeat away to newly promoted Kiltimagh/Knock United. The Kiltimagh/Knock goals were scored by Andy Leadbetter (2), Steven Wallace (2), Gavin Groarke, Liam Groarke and Steven Wallace. Fahy are now level on points with Killala and just one above Crossmolina going into their final game against Ballyhaunis Town in Solar 21 Park in two weeks time.

The game of the weekend took place at Ballybeg Park on Sunday afternoon as Bangor Hibs scored three goals in the final six minutes to come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 against Ballyhaunis Town as they secured a precious three points that moves them out of the relegation zone and within a point of safety. Playing with the strong wind Keith Robinson put Ballyhaunis ahead as he headed in a corner before he doubled his sides lead with the goal of the game shortly after to leave his side 2-0 in front at the break. Hibs introduced Tommy Conroy at the start of the second half and he made an immediate impact as he volleyed home within three minutes of coming on. Robinson looked to have sealed the points for Tommy Page’s side on seventy minutes but Hibs kept fighting right to the end and Mikie Conroy made it 3-2 on 85 minutes before Justin Healy levelled matters as he bundled home the eqauliser on 89 minutes. Deep into stoppage time Hibs scored the winner as Sean Ginty swung in a corner from the right that evaded everyone and flew into the top corner with the aid of the strong wind.  

Kilmore sealed promotion from the Killeen Sports Ground League Two as they brushed aside the challenge from Kiltimagh/Knock United B to join Castlebar Celtic in League One next season. Damien Barrett (2), Liam Keane, Michael Garrett, Terence Lavelle, Ryan Keane, Michael Lavelle and PJ Keane were on target as the boys in green signed off on their league season with an emphatic win.

In the other game in League Two on Sunday morning Castlebar Celtic B finished off their title winning season with a 3-2 win over Hollister.