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Weekend Preview - 1st/2nd September


Ballina Town v Westport United - 25/08/2016

Ballina Town can be crowned Super League Champions on Sunday morning while League One is set for a dramatic conclusion on Saturday evening.

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Claremorris v Iorras Aontaithe (Sat 5.45pm)
Iorras Aontaithe have been threatened with relegation for most of the season and it now looks like they will need to win at least three of their four remaining game to pull of a miracle escape. They visit Claremorris on Saturday evening looking for their first win in five league games. Claremorris will be looking to put last weekend’s disappointing cup exit behind them as they try to keep their faint hopes of finishing in second place intact.

Ballina Town v Ballyheane (Sun 12.30pm)
Ballina Town will be crowned Super League champions if they pick up the three points on offer when Ballyheane make the journey to Belleek on Sunday morning. Mick Duffy’s side kept their double hopes alive by reaching the Connacht Gold Super Cup Final last weekend and it will be a huge surprise if they don’t pick up their first piece of silverware this weekend. Their young squad have been far and away the best side in the league this season averaging over four goals a game and only conceding eleven goals in fourteen games. Ballyheane find themselves in the relegation spots going into their final four games but any points gained on Sunday will be a big bonus as they will be targeting wins in their final three games against the teams around them to survive in the top division for another season.

Castlebar Celtic v Straide & Foxford United (Sun 12.30pm)
The last time these two sides met in Celtic park Straide & Foxford United found themselves on the end of a very heavy defeat as they exited the Connacht Gold Super Cup. Celtic are in the best position to catch Westport United in second place especially as they have to face John Russell’s side next weekend. A win on Sunday will set them up perfectly for that encounter and they will go into the game full of confidence after last weekend’s big comeback in Claremorris. Straide & Foxford have found the going tough of late but they are capable of putting together a run that could yet see them trouble Celtic and Westport for that crucial second spot.

Manulla v Westport United (Sun 12.30pm)
Manulla are one of the form sides in the Super League with five wins from their last six league games and on Sunday they will provide a stern test for Westport United who begin a difficult three-week period where they also play Castlebar Celtic and Ballina Town. Manulla are now well clear of the relegation zone and they will be delighted with their recent Westaro Cup win over the league leaders Ballina Town while Westport won’t relish a trip to Carramore where they already suffered a defeat this season in the Westaro Cup.

Ballyglass v Kiltimagh/Knock United (Sun 12.30pm)
Two sides that remain in relegation trouble meet at Michael Keaveney Park on Sunday morning when Ballyglass take on Kiltimagh/Knock United. Ballyglass will be aware that another win should be enough to keep them up and they will see this home tie with Kiltimagh/Knock United as the perfect opportunity to get those crucial three points. They had a big 4-1 win over Iorras two weeks ago when they showed a lot of courage to come back from a goal down at half time. Kiltimagh/Knock are a point above the drop zone and they will be determined to get revenge on Tom Connolly’s side after they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat earlier in the season.

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Achill Rovers v Swinford (Sat 5.45pm)

Swinford faint promotion hopes are still alive but they are relying on Ballyhaunis Town dropping at least six points in their final four games to have any chance of reaching the Super League. On Saturday evening they travel to Fr. O’Brien Park to take on Achill Rovers who look like finishing in a comfortable mid table position. Achill are usually difficult to beat at home but this season their home form has deserted them as they have only won 2 from 7 at the Valley as they found the drop down from the Super League difficult to adapt to at first.

Westport United B v Ballyglass B (Sat 5.45pm)
If Ballyglass B are to survive in their first season in the Premier Division they will have to pick up all three points on offer when they travel to United Park to take on Westport United B on Saturday evening.  After six defeats in a row they now find themselves four points behind Conn Rangers in the race for survival. Westport United B have resigned themselves to playing League One football next season and their relegation will be confirmed this weekend if they don’t pick up the three points in this bottom of the table clash.

Ballyhaunis Town v Conn Rangers (Sat 5.45pm)
Ballyhaunis Town can move a step closer to promotion to the Super League with a win over relegation threatened Conn Rangers on Saturday evening. Tommy Paige’s side have picked up maximum points in their last five league games and also booked a place in the Connacht Gold Premier Cup Final with a win over Castlebar Celtic B on Sunday. Conn Rangers remain four points above the drop zone but this gap could be much smaller on Saturday night if they fail to pick up any points in this difficult away assignment. After wins over Ballyglass B and Bangor Hibs they looked to be moving well clear of the drop zone but they have failed to pick any points in their last two league matches after defeats to Fahy Rovers and high flying Snugboro United.

Snugboro United v Fahy Rovers (Sat 7.45pm)
Snugboro United face another side on a good run of form when Fahy Rovers visit Conway Park on Saturday evening as they attempt to make it eighteen wins in a row and move to within a point of being promoted to the top division. Last weekend they also reached the final of the Connacht Gold Premier Cup where Kevin Curry and Jason Ormsby were in top form for Aaron Curry’s side. Ormsby has now scored five goals in seven matches and the winger has really made a big impact in the second half of the season. Fahy have won four of their last five league games and are now safe from relegation and can look forward to a comfortable end to their season where they hope to top it all off by playing a league match on their new pitch in Fahy in the next few weeks.

The Three Store Ballina League One reaches it’s conclusion on Saturday evening with all but one of the teams in action having something to play for. Manulla B, Ballina Town B and Killala are fighting it out at the top of the table while Kilmore and Castlebar Celtic B are trying to avoid the last relegation spot.

Castlebar Celtic B v Manulla B (Sat 5.45pm)
Manulla B clinched promotion two weeks ago but still need to better the result of Ballina Town B on Saturday evening if they are to be crowned champions. They will be hot favourites to achieve this but they will know that Celtic could also need the points to avoid relegation. Manulla have led this division from the start of the season and Mossy Lally’s side would be hugely disappointed if they were to allow Ballina Town B to overtake them on the final day. Celtic will have to plan without their player manager Bryan Mannion who is suspended and his absence will certainly increase the odds of a Manulla win.  

Ballina Town B v Partry Athletic (Sat 5.45pm)
Ballina Town B can join Manulla B in the Premier Division next season with a win over Partry Athletic on Saturday evening. John Conway’s side are in great form in recent weeks as the top goalscorers in the Mayo League have won their last three league games scoring fifteen goals in the process. Shane Devers and Dale Hopkins are the men in goalscoring form but others like Jason Muldoon and Jordan Delaney have also been crucial to their promotion push. Partry have noting to play for but they will be hoping to finish their season on a high and would love to upset the party in Belleek by taking something from the game.

Kilmore v Killala (Sat 5.45pm)

Both of these sides go into this game with a lot to play for as Kilmore have to win to have any chance of staying up while Killala need the three points to give themselves a shot at catching Ballina Town B in second spot. Kilmore’s recent form suggests they will need a miracle to get the three points as they are on a seven game losing streak but they will be encouraged by the fact that they did pick up a point in Killala earlier in the season when the sides drew 0-0. Killala are unbeaten in their last three league outings with Kyle McLoughlin, Darragh Ferguson and the ever-reliable Rory Gallagher leaving them in with a shout of promotion going into their final game.

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Ballina United v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sun 12.30pm)

Ballyvary Blue Bombers go into the their final league game knowing a win will guarantee them promotion to League One. They have hit form at the right time of the season with Paul Basquille and Shane Foy two of their top performers as they have gone unbeaten in their last four league games including big wins over Hollister and Claremorris B. Ballina United have noting to play for but they can do their neighbours Hollister a favour if they can pick up a win on Sunday morning. Ballyvary’s last defeat did come at the hands of United so they will be very wary of the threat they pose as they also lost to them in the McDonnell Cup semi-final.

Claremorris B v Hollister (Sun 12.30pm)
A few weeks ago both these sides looked odds on for promotion but it know looks like only one of them will make the jump up to League One. They have met on three occasions already this season with Hollister coming out on top on two occasions and a last minute James Ruane goal earning Claremorris a point in their most recent game. Hollister have only picked up four points from their last four games but they know a win on Sunday will seal a historic promotion for Vinny Coen’s side.