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Weekend Preview - 1st/2nd August


Tha Calor Gas Cups second round take place this weekend while Castlebar Celtic and Westport United are in Connacht Cup action on Sunday

Calor Gas Super Cup Round 2

Glenhest Rovers v Claremorris (Sun 2.30pm)
Glenhest Rovers caused a shock in the 1st Round with a 1-0 win over Manulla and with another home draw they will fancy their chances of making the semi finals when Claremorris are the visitors to Beltra on Sunday. Cathal Chambers got the only goal in that game and his return to the side is a big plus for the newly promoted Super League side. Chris Rowland is still their key player but on last years showing he now has much more help around the park as others like Kevin Warde, Declan McManamon and Sean Nevin were amongst their top performers. Claremorris had and impressive 4-2 win over Swinford in their 1st round match as Rokas Mikuckis continued his form from last year with a well taken hat-trick. Goals are not often an issue for this young side with Dean Roddy and Finian Brady another two players capable of causing problems for most defences. Andy Peters return should help at the back but they will have been disappointed to have conceded twice in that opening game after racing into a four goal lead.

Calor Gas Premier Cup Round 2 

Westport United B v Claremorris B (Sat 7pm)

On Saturday evening Claremorris B travel to United park to take on Westport United B in the first of two games in the Calor Gas Premier Cup this weekend. Westport got past Achill in Round 1 where PJ Calvey (2), Niall Quinn and Conor Calvey were on target in a 4-3 win over the islanders. Claremorris B were far too strong for Ballyvary Blue Bombers in their first round tie as Newton Carlos Silva was the star of the show with two goals on his debut for the East Mayo side. Claremorris B have a strong side in place this season but they have a big task ahead of them this weekend playing a side that won promotion to the Premier Division last year.

Fahy Rovers v Partry Athletic (Sun 2.30pm)
Fahy Rovers were the only side to receive a bye into Round Two so this will be their first game of the season when Partry Athletic are the visitors on Sunday afternoon. Partry had a tight 1-0 win over Kilmore in the 1st Round where a first half penalty from Ciaran Hennelly proved to be the difference. They have lost long time servant Paul McAlpine at the back have had to use Hennelly and Tom Byrne there in recent weeks as they search to find a solution to his departure. Fahy’s John Kelly and Simon Duffy were two of the key players in the Premier Division last year and John Creaby will be looking to these two to continue that form this season.

TP Brennan Connacht Cup 5th Round
Westport United v Tuam Celtic (Sun 2pm)

Westport United will look to put the disappointment of last weekend’s FAI Junior Cup Quarter Final exit behind them when Tuam Celtic visit United Park on Sunday. Westport will be huge favourites for this tie as Tuam Celtic play in the second tier of the Galway League and have just started preseason training in preparation for the beginning of their new season at the end of August. Westport now have a settled side and with the likes of James O’Donnell back from injury and James McGrath fully settled into the side they look like they can challenge on all fronts this season.

Athenry v Castlebar Celtic (Sun 2pm)

Castlebar Celtic have a huge task ahead of them on Sunday when they visit Athenry to take on the FAI Junior Cup semi finalists on Sunday afternoon. Athenry had a huge win over Rush Athletic in the Quarter Final last weekend with a familiar face to Mayo League sides Jackson DeSilva picking up the man of the match award. DeSilva played for Manulla in the 2018 season and the Brazilian led the blues to Westaro Cup success with a man of the match performance at centre back in the final. Colm O’Donovan, Adam Duffy and Nathan Ward grabbed the goals last weekend but this side have quality all over the pitch and Celtic will need to be at their best if they are to make it through to the Quarter Finals. Celtic lost their opening game of the season against Ballina Town in the Calor Gas Super Cup but their performance on the day deserved a lot more from the game.    


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