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Westaro Masters League Review 29th November

01/12/17

Swinford B Masters Team

Ballina Town and Manulla have opened a five point gap at the top of the Masters Division 1 table after comfortable wins for both on Wednesday night last at Solar 21 Park.

Ballina got the night underway with a 5-1 victory against Castlebar Celtic. The North Mayo side got off to a flying start and led 3-1 at the break before extending their lead to four goals before Celtic pulled back a consolation in what was an at times fiery affair. Gaps in the Celtic defence as they looked for a way back into the game were exploited by the Ballina attack. Cormac O’Malley, Tom O’Connor, Aidan O’Hora and two goals for Noel Beattie saw Town pick up the three points. Ashley Stephenson and Russell Gibbons hit the goals for Celtic.

Manulla kept up with Ballina in the night’s second match when overcoming the game challenge of Westport United. A tight first-half saw the teams go into the break at 2-2 but Manulla blitzed their opponents in the early stages of the second half with four unanswered goals before United pulled back two late scores. Dermot McNicholas, John Hennelly and a double each for Des Campbell and Roger Clarke saw their side over the line. Kevin Joyce, David Cameron, Ian McLoughlin and Ger Corrigan hit the scores for Westport who finished the night at the bottom of the table.

Ballyhaunis Town moved off the bottom with their second win of the season and a perfect response to last week’s drubbing at the hands of Ballina with a 5-3 win over Straide & Foxford United. Colm Glavey hit four goals and Michal Krusina hit their fifth. United pushed late on to get back into the game but good defensive play kept their East mayo rivals two to the good. Brian joyce, Brendan Roche and Brendan McHugh with the goals for United.

In Division 2 Swinford got back to winning ways and consolidated their position at the top of the table with a big win over Manulla ‘B’ while Swinford ‘B’ kept pace with their clubmates at the top.

Kiltimagh & Knock United picked up their first win of the season in the night’s opening game with a highly entertaining 8-5 victory against Mulranny United. Colm Kelly was the star of the show with four goals and Cristian Calugaru hit two with Ray and Jerome Hunt also hitting the net. It keeps K&K’s three game unbeaten run going while moving them up the table. Michael O’Hara and four goals from Kris Jablonski kept Mulranny in the game but never close enough to their rivals.

Swinford ‘B’ kept their winning run going with a 4-3 win against a disappointing Conn Rangers. Many people’s early favourites for the Division 2 title have flattered to deceive this season and are yet to pick up a win on the field of play. Two goals from Paul Kenny and one each for Patrick McDonnell and Jakub Gawalkiewicz had Swinford ‘B’ coasting before Rangers pushed for a comeback which fell just short. Declan Sweeney, Sean Carey and a Trevor Warde penalty were the scorers for the North Mayo side.

In the night’s final game Swinford overpowered Manulla ‘B’ to storm to an 11-0 victory to get their season back on track after last week’s draw against Kiltimagh & Knock United. What many had expected to be a tight and tense game proved to be anything but as Swinford eased their way into a 6-0 half-time lead before adding five more after the break. Robert Quinn, Val Kenny, Gavin Gorarke, Kevin Crawley, two each for Joe Kelly and Eoin Gallagher and a Paul Halligan hat-trick keep Swinford top of the table.

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