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Elverys Sports Super League & Killeen Sportsground League Two kick-off this weekend.


Elverys Sports Super League Players at Official Launch Night

Last weekend the new Mayo Football League season got underway but this weekend sees some mouth-watering clashes as the Elverys Sports Super League kicks-off.

Ballina Town are in action in the quarter finals of the Connacht Cup when they travel to Galway to take on Galway Bohs on Sunday so they’re game with Claremorris has been postponed but there are another four games taking place that will make for an interesting opening weekend.

On Saturday evening there are two games taking place in the Elverys Sports Super League with Manulla making the short journey to Ballyglass and Iorras Aontaithe hosting Castlebar Celtic. Ballyglass finished 7th last season but will be hoping to challenge at the top end of the table this time round and have added a few notable signings to their squad during the off-season. Andrew Cunnane and Joe Loughran have come in from Ballyhaunis Town, Peter Quinn from Swinford and Keelan McDonnell has joined from Manulla. Their opponents have also added to their squad with goalkeeper Ian Corry joining from Kiltimagh/Knock United and former League of Ireland striker Anthony Elding has also joined the Carramore based club. Manulla will be expecting to kick on from last season where they won both the Westaro Cup and the Connacht Gold Super Cup and make a challenge for the League title this time round.

Ciaran Kelly’s Catlebar Celtic travel to Carne Nash to take on Iorras Aontaithe where both sides will be expecting to have a better season than last year. Kelly took charge at Celtic recently and has wasted little time in bringing in a few new faces which he hopes will help his side challenge for the title. Ryan McManus has come in from Sligo Rovers and Ben McGarry who Kelly will also knows from his days at Sligo Rovers U19’s has also come into the squad. Iorras have added a number of players from Kilmore and manager Martin McIntyre will be hoping that this will help his side consolidated their Super League status as they have struggled to make their mark over the past few seasons.

On Sunday, last year’s Premier A champions Glenhest Rovers travel to the Sports Park to take on the current Super League Champions Westport United in what one would expect to be a very tough opening fixture. Last season Glenhest relied on a very good defensive unit which amazingly started the season by conceding only one goal in their first seven league games. The Super League will provide a stern test to the side but Glenhest’s young squad will not fear the challenge. Chris Rowland leads his side from the middle of the park but with players like John O’Malley, Levi Barrett and Pat Mulchrone they are well capable of holding their own against most teams. Westport on the other hand are once again the team to catch and are favourites to retain their crown. Most of last season’s squad are back on board and they have also added one or two youngsters that will be hoping to make an impression this season. Peter Corcoran scored in last week’s Charity Shield Final victory over Manulla and they will also be looking to others to make the breakthrough to the first team squad.

In the final Super League game also on Sunday, Ballyheane host Conn Rangers in what is sure to be another difficult game to call. In this fixture last season Ballyheane came out on top on a 6-3 scoreline with a flurry of goals in the last half hour after Conn Rangers had led 2-1 after 60 minutes. Conn Rangers Johnnie Cocozza got a hat trick that day and they will be hoping that he and others in the squad continue to impress as they start their second season of Super League football. Ballyheane have finished in the top half of the table over the past two seasons and have a squad capable of doing so again this season. They are a side capable of beating any of the other challengers on their day and if they can put a consistent run together they could be up near the top come the end of the season.

In the newly sponsored Killeen Sportsground League Two, only two games take place on the opening weekend. Ballyvary Blue Bombers take on Snugboro in Keelogues and Mulranny travel to Ballyglass to take on Ballyglass B. League Two will be difficult to call this year with only one B team in the Division but all six sides will fancy their chances of promotion to League One. Snugboro

The remaining two divisions got under way last week and Round 2 takes place this weekend. In the CastleCourt Hotel Premier League. Achill Rovers, Kiltimagh/Knock United and Straide & Foxford United picked up three points last weekend and the three sides will be hoping to make it two wins from two this weekend. Kiltimagh/Knock United host Westport United B on Saturday evening, while Straide and Foxford travel to Partry to take on Partry Athletic. The other Saturday evening game will see Bangor Hibs and Charlestown Athletic take to the field for the first time as the sides meet in Ballybeg Park. Killala and Swinford will also be playing for the first time this season when they play Achill Rovers and Fahy Rovers. Killala first game sees them making the tough trip to Achill while Swinford will have home advantage against Fahy Rovers who will be hoping to put last week’s defeat to Kiltimagh/Knock United behind them.

In the Tim Hastings Volkswagon League One, there is also a full round of fixtures. Promotion favourites Ballyhaunis Town take on in form Crossmolina on Saturday and the other game that evening sees Ballina Town B make the short journey to Mount Falcon to take on their local rivals Conn Rangers B. On Sunday Manulla B will be looking to pick up their first points of the season when they have home advantage as Moy Villa travel to Carramore on the back of an impressive opening day victory over Castlebar Celtic B.

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