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11/09/20

Castlebar Celtic v Manulla - 15/09/2018

The league tables are beginning to take shape as we begin Round 5 of the league campaign as Castlebar Celtic host Manulla in Superleague and Conn Rnagers meet rivals S&F United in the Premier Division

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Ballyhaunis Town v Claremorris (Sat 5.30pm)
Two sides with only three points on the board meet in Station Rise on Saturday evening when Ballyhaunis Town take on Claremorris. After their big win against Manulla in their last home game Ballyhaunis were brought back down to earth last weekend as Ballyheane put six past them in a one-sided clash at Pat Quigley Park. Claremorris also have only one league win so far this season and surprisingly find themselves at the wrong end of the table. The fact that two of those defeats have come against Ballyheane and Glenhest Rovers means this match is seen as a must win with Westport United, Ballina Town and Castlebar Celtic to come before the break in the season.

Glenhest Rovers v Ballina Town (Sat 5.30pm)
Glenhest Rovers came from behind to get their first league win of the season in Claremorris last weekend and the newly promoted side take on league leaders Ballina Town in Beltra on Saturday evening. That was a big win for Glenhest as they moved up the table and the fact that four different players were on the scoresheet is a good sign for Declan Nevins’s side. Ballina are the form side in the division and with Benny Lavelle in top form they look like they are going to be a real threat to Castlebar Celtic and Westport United. Lavelle scored his third hat-trick in four games in last weekend’s big win over Ballyglass but other like Jamie Cawley, Dylan McKee and Fabiano are also in form in the attacking third of the pitch. 

Castlebar Celtic v Manulla (Sun 11am)
Super League champions Castlebar Celtic title defence took a huge blow on Thursday evening with a 2-0 defeat to Westport United and on Sunday morning they face their fierce rivals Manulla who will be aiming to move six points ahead of Michael McNicholas side. They are starting to feel the absence of Gerard O’Boyle and Cathal Coyne in their defence in recent weeks and the addition of so many new players to the first eleven has meant they have been far from consistent so far this season. Manulla lie three points ahead of Celtic and three behind the league leaders after three wins from four games but they are yet to meet any of their title rivals. Shea Benson and Aiden Dunleavy both scored twice in last weekend’s win over Swinford and with Gerry Canavan giving all his focus to Roger Clarke’s side they are sure to be a handful for Celtic on Sunday morning. 

Ballyglass v Westport United (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyglass suffered a heavy defeat in Ballina last weekend and on Sunday afternoon they face the other side with a 100% record in the league when Westport United visit Michael Keaveney Park. Westport have been really impressive in the league so far especially in defence having conceded only one goal so far in their opening four games while it’s in midfield they seem particularly strong with a wide range of options available to Mickey Feeney. Ballyglass have given themselves a chance of making the top five at the break of the season but they will also be aware that a few defeats could land them in in a relegation battle especially in this shortened season.

Swinford v Ballyheane (Sun 2.30pm)
Swinford are still looking for their first win of the season and their home tie with Ballyheane on Sunday afternoon is one they would have targeted to pick up all three points. They lost three players to injury last weekend in their defeat to Manulla and the loss of Ritchie Dalton and Martin Murphy will be felt if they don’t regain fitness before the game this weekend. Ballyheane finally got their first win of the season last weekend with a convincing 6-0 win over Ballyhaunis Town. Ashley Stevenson’s side seem to be missing the presence of Ben Edeh in the side as the young striker added a different dimension to their squad last season. Nathan Reilly Doyle and Imoh Atoi are their main goalscoring threat and if they can tighten up at the back they are more than capable of moving up the table. 

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Conn Rangers v Straide & Foxford United (Sat 5.30pm)

When the fixtures came out in July one of the most eagerly anticipated matches was going to be this North Mayo clash as Conn Rangers host rivals Straide & Foxford United in Mount Falcon on Saturday evening. Conn Rangers sit at the top of the table with four wins from four while Straide & Foxford had to wait until last weekend to get their first win against Manulla B. Conn Rangers have been the dominant side in their opening four games but despite creating a host of chances they have only scored seven goals in those matches. With their defence looking very strong and Eoin Prendergast finally of the mark they are sure to cause plenty of problems for Aiden Flatley’s side. Straide & Foxford were very impressive in that win over Manulla B as they put five past Mossy Lally’s side where Michael Guilfoyle and Conor Hanahoe back in the side they added the pace they were missing in the previous week’s defeat in Killala.

Manulla B v Fahy Rovers (Sat 5.30pm)
Both these sides will see this game as a chance to move up the table and away from the relegation battle after some difficult results in recent weeks. Manulla had a heavy 5-1 defeat at Green Road last time out while Fahy failed to build on their win over Ballina Town B with back to back defeats against Westport United B and Killala. It’s in front of goal that both sides are yet to find their feet this year with only five goals in four games and they will struggle to get into the top half of the table if these stats don’t change in the next few weeks. Manulla B have reached the semi finals of the Calor Gas Premier Cup last Thursday week as Matty Nolan and Roger Clarke got the goals in a win over Partry Athletic and they will need the experience of these players if they are to survive in the Premier Division. Fahy have found it difficult to get into the top half of this division for a number of seasons and going on the opening few weeks they look like been involved in another relegation battle in a few months time.

Westport United B v Kiltimagh/Knock United (Sat 5.30pm)
Two of the form sides in the Premier Division meet at United Park on Saturday evening when Westport United B take on Kiltimagh/Knock United. Westport had a 4-1 win away to Iorras last weekend as they moved to nine points from three games but if they have serious thoughts of winning the title they will need to pick up the points on offer this weekend against another side that have an identical record to themselves. Dylan Duane move from Achill Rovers has worked out well for the young midfielder and he already has four goals to his name this season while Mark McNally and Pj Calvey are still doing a good job of leading the line for Westport’s second team. Kiltimagh/Knock appointed Giles McDonagh as manager this season and the Roscommon man has made them a team full of attacking intent as Dylan Webb, Darragh Hanlon and Iarla Carty have been three players that have really impressed the new man in charge. They have also thightened up at the back and the five goals they conceded to Iorras in their second game seems to have been a blip as they have kept a clean sheet in the other three league games.

Ballina Town B v Snugboro United (Sun 11am)
Two sides that were tipped to be fighting it out for promotion meet in a bottom of the table clash in Belleek on Sunday morning when Ballina Town B take on Snugboro United. Snugboro are yet to pick up a win as they sit on two points from their opening four games while Ballina have lost three games in a row since their opening round win against Straide & Foxford United. Ballina suffered a very heavy defeat against Kiltimagh/Knock United last weekend and the absence of players like Conor Quinn who has moved up to the first team is having a huge effect on the Premier Division Champions. Snugboro looked dangerous in their opening two games as they drew with Iorras Aontaithe and Manulla B but recent results have shown they will find it hard to avoid finishing in the bottom five at the break in the season.

Killala v Iorras Aontaithe (Sun 2.30pm)
A few weeks ago it looked like Killala would struggle to adapt to life in the Premier Division but two wins from two has moved them right up the table and a win on Sunday could move them above their opponents Iorras Aontaithe. Killala were very impressive in the win over Straide & Foxford United and dug out a 1-0 victory over Fahy last weekend thanks to a goal from Rory Gallagher but it’s been players like Iarla Quinn, Mathew Langdon Long and Fin Lacey that have been to the fore for Vincent Kearney’s side. Iorras were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline against Westport United B last Saturday and even though they are one of the top scoring sides in the division it’s at the other end they are having trouble as they have conceded an average of three goals per game this season.  

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Achill Rovers v Kilmore (Sat 5.30pm)

In the Saturday evening game in League One Kilmore make the long journey to Achill Rovers in a game that both sides need to win if they are to keep up with the two sides above them in the table. Achill are two points behind the visitors in the table but with a game in hand they will feel they are still in with a shout of promotion even if they have only picked up one win in their first three games. Cory Kilbane and Sean McNamara have been their goalscorers so far while Pat Francis Gallagher will have to plan for this game without Sean Scott Cafferkey who misses the game due to suspension. Kilmore have a number of injury concerns throughout their squad with Brendan Gilbert, Liam Keane and Padraig McGinty all in danger of not making the squad on Saturday evening. Sean Brogan should return to the first eleven after missing the defeat to Moy Villa last weekend while there is huge competition for places throughout the squad with a number of new faces joining the team in recent weeks.

Crossmolina v Newport/Mulranny Wanderers (Sun 11am)
Crossmolina find themselves in a relegation battle after failing to pick up any points in their first four games and on Sunday morning they face a tough task when unbeaten Newport/Mulranny Wanderers are the visitors to Abbeyview. The west Mayo side put six past Claremorris B last weekend as Niall Muldoon scored five in an impressive performance but it’s at the other end of the pitch that they have a solid foundation having continued their form from last year conceding only one goal in their opening three games. Crossmolina difficult stat to the season has been a huge surprise but even though they are yet to pick up any points they have been really competitive in all their games so far. They have a new look to their side this year with players like Kevin Campbell playing in defence but they will need to start to settle pretty quickly if they are to move of the bottom of the table.

Moy Villa v Partry Athletic (Sun 2.30pm)
Partry Athletic picked up an important win last weekend as they got of the mark with a 3-1 win over Crossmolina. This weekend they visit joint league leaders Moy Villa who are on maximum points after three games. John Paul Sweeney got his first goal after his return to Mayo League football in that win and it was also noteworthy to see veteran defender Donal Bourke on the scoresheet. Moy Villa have been justifying their favourites tag for the title with three wins from three games and they are the top goalscorers in the division as John Durkan, Luke Ruane and Ciaran Gaughan have all been finding the net on a regular basis. 

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Castlebar Celtic B v Westport United C (Sat 5.30pm)

They tie of the weekend in League Two is in Celtic Park on Saturday evening when an experienced Castlebar Celtic B side take on the young guns of Westport United C. Once again it was Terry Maughan that was the man in form with a double in their last outing against Crossmolina B while Bryan Mannion’s return to the side paid instant dividends as he also scored in that win. Westport United C are by far the youngest side in the Mayo League this season and they have had a good start to life in League Two with two wins from their opening three games. Adam Diamond Keane has already got three goals to his name while keeper Danny O’Hara was also on target last weekend as his long clearance flew over everyone and into the back of the Ballyvary net. 

Hollister v Crossmolina B (Sat 5.30pm)
A north Mayo derby takes place in Belleek on Saturday evening when Hollister take on Crossmolina B. Crossmolina B have only one point on the board and are finding it difficult in their first season of league football while Hollister have one win so far but will feel they were unlucky not to pick up something in their other two games where they lost to the two sides currently in the top two in Kiltimagh/Knock United B and Castlebar Celtic B. Danny Langdon is their danger man up front but their weakness seems to be in defence where they will need the experience of Malachy McCarron to tighten up a far from watertight back four. 

Ballyvary Blue Bombers v Conn Rangers B (Sun 11am)
Ballyvary Blue Bombers search for their first win of the season continues on Sunday morning when Conn Rangers B are the visitors to Keelogues. The Bombers lost to a very exciting young Westport United C team last time out and any hopes they have of promotion will disappear if they don’t pick up a win this weekend. Colm Kelly has joined from Kiltimagh/Knock United and his experience could be a huge help to Alan Campbell’s side while at the other end of the pitch they have yet to replace the pace that Jamie McArdle offered them last season. Conn Rangers B have settled back into life in League Two after an absence of a few years and a win this weekend would move them right back into the promotion race after picking up four points from their opening three games.

 

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