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Calor Gas Super Cup Quarter Finals Review


After an eventful day in the Calor Gas Super Cup it was Ballina Town, Ballyglass, Manulla and Snugboro United who made it into the draw for the semi finals

Calor Gas Super Cup Quarter Finals

Cup holders Ballina Town are still on course to defend their title after they needed a penalty shootout win to get past Super League Champions Castlebar Celtic in a thrilling game at Celtic Park. Ballina settled much quicker than Celtic and found themselves two goals ahead inside the opening twenty minutes as Dylan Edwards hit a double as he got back amongst the goals for Mick Duffy’s side. Celtic though soon got back into the game and were level before the break as Jason Hunt and Liam Flatley were on target for the home side. Ballina were back in front midway through the second half as Edwards completed his hat-trick but Celtic were level again eight minutes later as Jordan Loftus sent Mark Duffy the wrong way from the penalty spot. There were no further goals as the teams couldn’t be separated an the tie was decided by a penalty shootout which Ballina came out on top as they scored all four attempts and they will now face Snugboro United in the semi-finals on Saturday.

In the other early kick-off Ballyglass were much too strong for Straide & Foxford United as they ran out 6-1 winners to seal their place in the semi-finals. After knocking out Westport United in the previous round Tom Connolly’s side went into this game full of confidence and looked like they were back to the form they showed earlier in the season. Ryan Connolly hit a hat-trick while Liam Hughes scored a double and the sixth goal came through Jp O’Gorman.

There was plenty of drama in Concannon Park as Snugboro United came from two goals down to stun Claremorris and progress with a 4-2 win after extra time. At half time most people had Claremorris in the draw for the semi finals as they held a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Cathal Walsh and Oisin Brady. Snugboro scored a hatful of goals in the previous round and they were soon back in the game as player manager Aaron Curry found the back of the net. Ten minutes later and Jason Ormsby had levelled the tie and the sides were headed for extra time with Snugboro looking like the side that would go on to win it. That proved the case as Conor Sloyan and Johnny Walsh both scored in extra-time as Snugboro made it through to the semi-finals where they will have a home tie against the holders Ballina Town on Saturday.

Manulla were within minutes of exiting the Calor Gas Super Cup as Swinford nearly pulled of a shock at James McEvaddy Park earlier today. Callum Cairns was the star of the first half as his double had Swinford 2-1 in front at the break. Manulla though rallied in the second half and were soon back in the game and fought back to lead 3-2 before Peter McNicholas and the Joe Slevin looked like they had done enough to win it for the home side. Manulla though fought to the end and Gerry Canavan broke the hearts of the home side with a late equaliser to force the game into extra time. Callum Cairns came within inches of getting his third of the game as he hit the post in the first half but it was Manulla who were celebrating at the end as Shea Benson hit the winner with five minutes remaining. Gary McHale (2) and Jesse Devers were the other scores for the eventual winners.

Connacht Cup Round 2

In the Connacht Cup both Moy Villa and Partry Athletic caused cup upsets as they beat fellow Mayo League sides Kiltimagh/Knock United and Glenhest Rovers respectively. Conn Rangers, Achill Rovers and Ballina Town B also made it into the third round draw while Castlebar Celtic B, Westport United B and Iorras Aontaithe’s seasons came to an end over the weekend.

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