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Calor Gas Cups Preview - Sun 13th October

11/10/19

Kiltimagh/Knock United and Conn Rangers meet in the Calor Gas Premier Cup Final on Sunday at Solar 21 Park as the Calor Gas Super Cup gets underway with four 1st round matches.

Calor Gas Premier Cup Final

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Conn Rangers (Sun 2pm)
Kiltimagh/Knock United and Conn Rangers meet in the Calor Gas Premier Cup Final in what is sure to be an entertaining game at Solar 21 Park. Both sides have been in free scoring form in recent weeks so plenty of goals are expected in the all Premier Division clash. Kiltimagh/Knock came out on top in both league encounters during the season and Conn Rangers will be keen to get revenge for the 7-2 defeat in CMS Park in July. Both sides are in good form going into the final as both came through the last few rounds without any major challenge. Kiltimagh/Knock have goals throughout their side with Liam Groarke, Dylan Webb, Lionel Jordan and Darragh Hanlon leading the way for Aiden Flatley’s side. Conn Rangers may have relied heavily on the goals of Eoin Prendergast during the season but in recent weeks Liam Durkin, Lorcan Towey and Conor Flynn have helped him out while Sean Holmes and Darragh Jordan have shown good form at the other end of the pitch. 

Calor Gas Super Cup 1st Round
Ballina Town v Ballyheane (Sun 12pm) - Ennischrone

Super Cup holders Ballina Town begin the defence of their title with a home tie against fellow Super League side Ballyheane in Ennischrone on Sunday afternoon. Ballyheane had a good win over Ballyglass in the FAI Junior cup in their last match and will be hopeful they can progress to the next round by causing a shock this weekend. They are in a good run of form with three wins in their past four games and Ashley Stevenson must be delighted with how his first season in charge has gone. Ballina won’t want to end the season without a trophy and recent form suggests they will be difficult to beat especially with having Ross Kenny back on their books. They have plenty of firepower in their squad and if they can get a stronger defensive unit in place they could find themselves getting to the later stages of the competition once again.

Ballyhaunis Town v Straide & Foxford United (Sun 12pm)
These two sides meet again only seven days after the relegation play-off that seen Ballyhaunis Town survive in the Super League with a 4-2 win over Straide & Foxford United. It was a massive win for Tommy Page’s side as they maintained their Super League status in their maiden year in the topflight and they will be slight favourites to progress on Sunday as Straide & Foxford attempt to get over the disappointment of relegation. Gary Higgins has proven to be the key man in the Town’s survival but they have also been much stronger at the back in recent weeks which helped them to pick up some crucial points in the closing stages of the season. Straide & Foxford were missing Johnny Jordan and Chris Moore for the play-off and their loss was heavily felt but even if they do return to the side this weekend it will be difficult for the North Mayo side to forget about last weekend that quickly.  

Snugboro United v Ballina Town B (Sun 12pm)
Snugboro United have had a tough season and their recent loss to Moy Villa in the FAI Junior Cup means they will be far from favourites when they take on Premier Division side Ballina Town B. Ballina have had an exceptional season going unbeaten in the league as they finished eighteen points clear of Swinford in second place. They have a good mix of youth and experience throughout their side with Daniel Gorman providing the leadership to the likes of Ryan Moran, Shane Devers and Pj Gilmartin. Ballina will see this cup as a chance to test themselves against the top sides in Mayo and none of the Super League sides will fancy meeting them if they make it into the draw for the Quarter Finals.

Westport United v Ballyglass (Sun 12pm)
Westport United usually come good at this time of the year and going on their recent big win in Iorras they will be confident of making it into the next round with a win over Ballyglass on Sunday afternoon. Ballyglass have been a side in freefall during the second half of the season as Tom Connolly’s side have only picked up one win in their last eleven games so a trip to United Park to take on Westport United would have been far from the draw they would have hoped for. Westport have been gradually adding a few new faces to the side throughout the past few years with Peter Corcoran, Mikey O’Brien and Jack Murphy now household names in the starting eleven. Added to that Jesper Frisch, Darren Browne and Joe Lawless are in good form they will be expected to make it to the last eight by getting their third win over Ballyglass this season

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