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Calor Gas Super Cup Quarter Finals Preview


Castlebar Celtic v Ballina Town - 07/04/19

The Calor Gas Super Cup Quarter Finals take centre stage this weekend with Castlebar Celtic taking on Ballina Town at Celtic Park in the pick of the ties

Castlebar Celtic v Ballina Town (Sun 11am)

There is only one place to start as the tie of the round takes place at Celtic Park when the Super League Champions take on Ballina Town. Castlebar Celtic began their cup campaigns last weekend with a 5-1 win over Glenhest Rovers and with Jordan Loftus in the form of his life they will be confident of making it to the semi finals. Loftus has now scored an amazing six hat-tricks in seven games and if Ballina are to have any chance they will have to keep the ace striker quiet on Sunday morning. Cup holders Ballina will be keen to put last weekend’s FAI Junior Cup defeat to Westport United behind them but will know that they will suffer the same feat this weekend if they don’t show a much improved performance. They just couldn’t get going in that defeat as they rarely threatened the Westport goal and will need Benny Lavelle, Jamie Cawley and others to rediscovered the form that had seen them lose just one game in fourteen before last weekend.  

Ballyglass v Straide & Foxford United (Sun 11am)
Ballyglass caused the shock of the round as they left the Sports Park with a 1-0 win over Westport United in the previous round and they will be favourites to progress when Straide & Foxford United visit Michael Keaveney Park. It was a massive win for Tom Connolly’s side as they put a run of nine games without a victory behind them. They had a really poor end to their league campaign but will now fancy their chances of getting past a Straide & Foxford side that were recently relegated from the Super League. Jp O Gorman was back in the side for that win over Westport an his presence makes them a much more appealing outfit in attack. Straide & Foxford have relied on a few of their more experienced players as they came so close to staying up and they were key to their win over Ballyhaunis Town in Round 1.  

Claremorris v Snugboro United (Sun 2pm)
Snugboro came through a thrilling 1st Round match against Ballina Town B and now face fellow Super League side Claremorris in this Quarter Final clash. It was a big win for Aaron Curry’s side and a run in this cup could put a different outlook on what has been a disappointing season. Claremorris haven’t played since the middle of September but have already had two wins over their opponents during the season and will be favourites to progress if they have their key players available. Rokas Mikuchis was their top scorer this season but Simon Butler and Dean Roddy have also contributed a fair amount of goals between them. Snugboro’s lack of a striker has been an issue all season but the fact that they scored six in the previous round should give them confidence going into this tie.

Swinford v Manulla (Sun 2pm)
Manulla face the lowest ranked team left in this competition when they travel to James McEvaddy Park to take on newly promoted Swinford. Liam Foy’s side will welcome the chance to get a taste of what to expect in the top division next season when they take on one of the best cup sides in Mayo on Sunday. Swinford have a wealth of attacking talent with Martin Murphy, Joe Slevin, Paddy O’Donnell and James Devaney to call on they are sure to cause problems for a Manulla defence that have kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games. They have put faith in youth during the season and Jack Livingstone, Ruairi Henry and Darragh Byrne don’t look out of place in a top four Super League side. Chris Maughan and Gerry Canavan are also in good form so an away win is expected on Sunday but don’t be surprised if Swinford push them all the way as they are always hard to beat at home.

There are also twelve Mayo sides in Connacht Cup action this weekend and a full list of fixtures can be found by clicking on the link below

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