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Weekend Preview - 18th/19th August


Westaro Cup Final - Manulla v Ballina Town

There’s a full round of league action this weekend as the race for promotion and relegation becomes a bit clearer across all four divisions.

Elverys Sports Super League

Iorras Aontaithe v Ballyglass (Sat 6.30pm)
If Iorras Aontaithe are to have any chance of survival they need to pick up the three points on offer when fellow relegation strugglers Ballyglass visit Carne Nash. A win would move Iorras to within two points of Tom Connolly’s side who themselves are in a bad run of form picking up only one point from their last five games. Iorras suffered two big defeats in recent weeks as they continue to find it difficult to score goals as their lacklustre attack has only scored eighteen league goals so far. Ballyglass also need the win as they remain just a point above the relegation spots going into the final five games.

Westport United v Claremorris (Sat 6.30pm)
Westport United face a tough task if they are to remain in second place as they welcome a Claremorris side that are on a ten game unbeaten run to United Park on Saturday evening. Westport were knocked out of the Connacht Champions League last weekend and they will be determined to qualify for that competition next season by holding onto their current second place position. Claremorris despite their long unbeaten run still remain three points behind Westport in second so they will know they will probably need to pick up the three points on offer if they are to have any chance of claiming that very important second place spot.

Ballyheane v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 6.30pm)
Ballyheane stay in the Super League is under threat as they face into the final part of the season. Castlebar Celtic are the visitors to Pat Quigley Park this weekend as Michael McNicolas side will be looking to put pressure on the sides above them in the race for second place. Ballyheane’s plight is mainly due to their blunt attack who have scored less than a goal a game so far this season leaving them a point behind Kiltimagh/Knock United and Ballyglass in the race for survival. 

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Ballina Town (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballina Town will be glad to get back to league action after last weekend’s defeat in the Westaro Cup Final. They need just two wins from their last five league games to claim the title but they will be wary of the challenge that Aiden Flatley’s side pose especially after they came away with a very impressive 4-2 win in Celtic Park a few weeks ago. Ballina will hope to have Dylan McKee and Tommie Forde back in the starting eleven as they look to move to within a win of the title. Kiltimagh/Knock have put themselves in a good position to survive in the top division and even a point here would set them up perfectly for their final league games where they play three of the sides around them in their last four games.

Manulla v Straide & Foxford United (Sun 2.30pm)
Straide & Foxford United are now in a 4 team battle for second place after they only managed to pick up two points from the last nine available. On Sunday they travel to Carramore to take on recently crowned Westaro Cup Champions Manulla. Manulla have moved well clear of the relegation zone in the past few weeks and they will be a dangerous side for anyone to meet after their big win over Ballina Town last weekend.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League
Fahy Rovers v Bangor Hibs (Sat 6.30pm)

Fahy Rovers continued to move up the table with a 1-0 win over Conn Rangers last weekend as they made it three wins form four to more or less guarantee their place in the Premier Division for next season. Their solid defensive unit has been key to these wins and they will be favourites to pick up another three points on Saturday when Bangor Hibs are the visitors to Solar 21 Park. Hibs are on a bad run of form which included two heavy defeats against Conn Rangers and Achill Rovers. They will need to get some of their main players back into the team if they are to pick up the points they need to secure their safety for another season.

Glenhest Rovers v Achill Rovers (Sat 6.30pm)

Both these sides got back to winning ways last weekend with wins over Westport United B and Bangor Hibs respectively. Glenhest remain four points behind second place Ballyhaunis Town with just five games remaining and they cannot afford any more slip ups if they are to make an immediate return to the top division. Achill are very close to safety and they will go into this game full of confidence after their win last weekend.

Ballyglass B v Ballyhaunis Town (Sun 11.30am)
Ballyhaunis Town are now in pole position to join Snugboro in the Super League next season after Cathal Carney last minute free-kick was enough to see them grind out a 2-1 win over Swinford. They have one of the best attacking sides in the League with Gary Higgins, Dayo Adex and Andrew Cunnane the men in form in recent weeks. Ballyglass B are on a five game losing run and this will need to stop soon if they are to avoid joining Westport United B in League One next season.

Swinford v Westport United B (Sun 11.30am)
Swinford’s promotion hopes were dealt a huge blow in that defeat to Ballyhaunis Town last weekend but this weekend’s fixture gives them a chance to keep their faint hopes alive as they take on bottom side Westport United B in James McEvaddy Park. They have really felt the absence of Martin Murphy from their starting eleven in recent weeks as his form had been key as they reached the Tuohy Cup Final and had them in a good position in the league before they went on three game losing streak.

Conn Rangers v Snugboro United (Sun 2.30pm)
Snugboro’s amazing winning streak is now at sixteen games and they can move another step closer to a return to the Super League with a win over Conn Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Sean Curry was back amongst the goals as he hit two in the 5-0 win over Ballyglass B but they have also got plenty of other who have stepped up to the mark in recent weeks as Curry hit a dry spell. Conn Rangers are four points clear of the drop but know they will probably need another two wins to stay up. They will not be expected to get one of those wins against the league leaders this weekend but they would be delighted if they could take a point from the toughest game they will face before the end of the season.

Three Store League One
Crossmolina v Ballina Town B (Sat 6.30pm)

Ballina Town B can move a step closer to promotion with a win over local rivals Crossmolina on Saturday evening. Ballina’s excellent attacking play as been too much for most sides in the division with Dale Hopkins and Shane Devers leading the goalscoring charts in the division as their side has scored 54 league goals in just 12 league games. This is Crossmolina final league game of the season and they know a point will secure their survival in the division after last weekends win over Partry Athletic where Kevin Campbell returned to the side with two goals.

Killala v Partry Athletic (Sat 6.30pm)

Killala are right on the heels of Ballina Town B in the race for promotion but they will no they can’t afford anything other than a win if they are to take the race to the final league game. They had a massive 2-1 win over Manulla B last weekend and home advantage should be enough to see them past the challenge of Partry Athletic who are more or less safe for another season as they moved away form the bottom of the table in recent weeks

Manulla B v Kilmore (Sat 6.30pm)
Manulla B missed the chance to seal promotion last weekend with that defeat against Killala but they have another chance this weekend if they can grab all three points against relegation threatened Kilmore. Kilmore are in real danger of going down but have the chance to move above Castlebar Celtic B with a win on Saturday to leave them ahead of their rivals going into the final league game in two weeks time.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two
Ballyvary Blue Bombers v Claremorris B (Sun 2.30pm)

Ballyvary Blue Bombers have won five of their last seven league games including a 5-2 win over Newport last weekend to move into the promotion spots in League two. On Sunday they have the chance to move to the top of the table if they can defeat the current League leaders Claremorris B in a top of the table clash. These two sides have been impossible to separate in their two previous league meetings this season with both games ending in a draw so another close game is expected on Sunday afternoon.

Hollister v Newport Burrishoole (Sun 2.30pm)
Hollister looked odds on for promotion a few weeks ago but they now find themselves in third place after only taking one point from the last nine available. On Sunday they will be back in the top two if they pick up the three points on offer against Newport Burrishoole on Sunday afternoon. They have already beaten Newport in their previous two league meetings this season but they will need to improve their current run of form in their final three matches if they are to seal a place in League One next season.