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Weekend Preview 22nd/23rd August


Iorras Aontaithe v Snugboro United - 16/08/2020

Westport United and Glenhest Rovers look to make Connacht Finals on Sunday while their are games across all four divisions in the second week of our league season

TP Brennan Connacht Cup Semi Final

West United v Westport United (Sun 2pm)
Westport United go into the semi final of the Connacht Cup in brilliant form but on Sunday they face their toughest task to date as the travel to Galway to take on West United in The Swamp. West United have been drawn at home for all five rounds so far an they’ve made full use of home advantage with wins over Ballisodare United, Ballyheane, Galway Hibs and Carbury. Nathan Ward is a player of real quality and his goals were key in the last two rounds. Their defence is held together by a strong centre back pairing of Keith Lee and Dennis Lydon and the Galway side will be hoping of going one better when they finished as runners up in 2017. Westport strength in dept has been important in recent weeks as the new league season has kicked off in the middle of their Connacht and FAI cup runs. They now have huge competition in the squad and this has led to some top class performances throughout the side especially from players like Cian McAllister, Peter Corcoran and Mickey O’Brien. Added to that Darren Browne, Phil Keegan and Gary Cunningham have also started the season well the Covies will feel they are well placed to make it back into a Connacht Final for the first time since 2012.

TP Brennan Connacht Shield Semi Final
Glenhest Rovers v Colemanstown United (Sun 2pm)  

The 2019 FAI Club of the Year are the visitors to Beltra on Sunday afternoon when Glenhest Rovers host Colemanstown United in the semi final of the Connacht Shield. The Galway League Division 1 side have had a tough route to this stage especially as they needed two late goals to get past the challenge of NUIG in the quarter final a few weeks ago. Dylan Grady, Richie Lally and Eoin Kenny are players to look out for in the Galway side who are yet to get their domestic season underway after the 2019 season was curtailed in March. Glenhest will be favourites to progress and with Chris Rowland making a return to the starting eleven in their opening league game last weekend they are sure to be able to be a match for the Galway side. Cathal Chambers, Kevin Warde and Pat Mulchrone are also key players in attack while Sean Nevin and Adrian Rowland are their main men at the other end of the pitch. 

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Ballina Town v Swinford (Sat 6pm)

Swinford picked up the first point of the campaign last weekend as they drew with Glenhest Rovers but they face a much stiffer test this weekend when they make the short journey to Belleek to take on Ballina Town. Ballina looked very impressive as they put six past Ballyhaunis Town with Brendan Lavelle starting the season in excellent form as he hit four goals while Fabiano hit the other two. The new management team of Philly Devers, Mark Beattie and Jono Heffernan have settled in quickly and they already have the side playing a good brand of football. Swinford know they haven’t long to get themselves used to their new surroundings and with Westport United and Manulla to come in their next two games they could find themselves in a relegation battle early on. The loss of James Devanney was evident last weekend but they do have players that can cause most defences problems but they will need to start showing that talent sooner rather than later.

Manulla v Ballyheane (Sun 11am)
An early season derby is always a good way to get a squad up to match speed and there aren’t many bigger than when Manulla and Ballyheane meet in the league. Last season they shared a win apiece in their league meetings with home advantage proving to be key on both occasions. Manulla were delighted to pick up the three points last weekend against Claremorris as Enda McGahon’s strike proved to be the difference between the side. The absence of Gerry Canavan is sure to be felt in Roger Clarke’s side but if they can get another win or two before he returns it might set them up for a challenge at the top of the table in the months ahead. Ballyheane started the season with a defeat against Westport United but they will be encouraged by their first half display where Dean Fadden gave them the lead and they had a few other chances to keep in touch with Westport. 

Claremorris v Ballyglass (Sun 2.30pm)
Two sides that suffered defeats in their opening game meet on Sunday in Concannon Park when Ballyglass make the short journey to take on rivals Claremorris. Ballyglass looked on course to cause the shock of the weekend as they led Castlebar Celtic 2-0 at the break, but they couldn’t keep the Super League champions at bay as they conceded six second half goals. Claremorris are expected to be one of the favourites to get into the top five after the first round of games but last weekend’s defeat to Manulla was a major blow to Mark Peters side even at this stage pf the season.

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Conn Rangers v Killala (Sat 6pm)

There’s a North Mayo derby to look forward to in Mount Falcon as Conn Rangers host Killala on Saturday evening. Conn Rangers have three points on the board after a difficult opening encounter against Westport United B where centre back Owen McNamara scored the winner in a 2-1 win. They enjoyed plenty possession in that game as Liam Durkin impressed in midfield and created numerous chances but found Michael Gibbons in top form in the Westport goal to deny them a bigger margin of victory. Killala will be looking for their first points of the season after an opening day defeat to Manulla B. The absence of Mark McDonnell from the starting eleven is a huge loss to Vincent Kearney’s side and they will be hoping that he is now a step closer to being fully fit after damaging his ACL in March. Iarla Quinn got his first league goal in that defeat last weekend and they will need their younger players to compliment the likes of Aiden Ferguson and Rory Gallagher who are still two of the key players for the newly promoted side.

Snugboro United v Manulla B (Sat 6pm)
Snugboro United showed great determination against Iorras Aontaithe as they came from behind on four occasions to take a point from Carne Nash last Sunday. Jason Ormsby was in top form in front of goal as he hit a hat-trick while Dylan Felle scored the late equaliser. On Saturday evening they face Manulla B who have three points on the board after a win in Killala. Cian Mannion and David Leneghan grabbed the goals for Mossy Lally’s side who will be delighted with getting an away win to get their season off to the perfect start. 

Straide & Foxford United v Westport United B (Sat 6pm)
Straide & Foxford United first game at Green Road is on Saturday evening when Westport United B are the visitors as both sides look for their first win of the season. Straide & Foxford could not stop a free scoring Ballina Town B last weekend, but a few players did impress especially Michael Guilfoyle who got both goals for Aiden Flatley’s side. Westport B had Michael Gibbons to thank for keeping the score down in their narrow defeat against Conn Rangers as the experienced net minder made a string of important saves throughout the game. PJ Calvey hit his third goal of the season in that game and the frontman looks to be their main threat in front of goal. 

Fahy Rovers v Ballina Town B (Sun 2.30pm)
Fahy Rovers face the difficult start of ending Ballina Town’s B’s twenty three game unbeaten run in the league when the Premier Division champions visit them on Sunday afternoon. Fahy had a disappointing opening day defeat to Kiltimagh/Knock United and even at this early stage it looks like they won’t be challenging for promotion as has been the case for the past few seasons. Ballina Town B have began this season as they ended the last with Shane Devers already showing that his golden boot in this division last season was no fluke as he scored three in that opening day win over neighbours Straide & Foxford United.    

Iorras Aontaithe v Kiltimagh/Knock Utd (Sun 2.30pm)
Iorras Aontaithe were disappointed to drop two points in their opening game as they lost the lead on four occasions in a high scoring draw against Snugboro United. On Sunday Kiltimagh/Knock United are the visitors to Carne Nash as Ivan Barrett’s side look for their first three points of the season. Iorras have added some youngsters to their squad this season as John Ginty, Dara Padden and Billy O’Connor made their league debuts in that thrilling drawn game and they will add to the talent already in the squad where Brendan Nallen, Eamon Carey and Niall Geraghty will provide the experience. Kiltimagh/Knock United got a much needed win in their opening league game as Dylan Webb and Conal Mooney were on target in their opening day defeat of Fahy Rovers. They came within a few points of promotion last season and will be hoping that that they can bridge that gap this time around as they look to get back to the top division after a two year absence.

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Partry Athletic v Newport/Mulranny Wanderers (Sat 6pm)

Partry Athletic had the bye last weekend so they will get their league season underway on Saturday evening when they host Newport/Mulranny Wanderers in Partry. They have already reached the semi finals of the Calor Gas Premier Cups with a win over Kilmore in the first round and a 4-1 win over Premier Division side Fahy Rovers in the Quarter Finals. Newport/Mulranny were one of the few sides to keep a clean sheet last weekend as Stevie Patten hit the only goal in a win over Kilmore. They are very strong at the back with centre back pairing Tim Davitt and Shane McManamon particularly impressive in that opening day win. Damian Doyle and Jack Tuffy are another two players to look out for in what is a very organised side.

Kilmore v Claremorris B (Sat 6pm)
Nathan Ring’s late penalty earned Claremorris B a point against Achill Rovers last weekend and on Saturday evening they make the long journey to Drum to take on Kilmore as they go in search of their first win of the season. Kilmore left Solar 21 Park disappointed after their 1-0 loss to Newport/Mulranny Wanderers but will be heartened by the work rate of the team led by the excellent Dylan McAndrew at centre half. They will hope to have Liam Murphy back this weekend as his absence was felt as they failed to create many clear-cut chances against Newport/Mulranny. 

Achill Rovers v Crossmolina (Sun 2.30pm)
Two sides that have not been in the same division for many a year finally meet in a league match when Crossmolina visit Fr. O’Brien Park on Sunday afternoon. Crossmolina lost a seven goal thriller to title favourites Moy Villa in their opening game but they will be encouraged by the performance as Shane Hennigan proved to be their key player in a late comeback. Achill felt they left two points after them in Claremorris as they conceded a late penalty to share the spoils at Concannon Park. Dean Guthrie is back with the islanders after a season playing for Newport/Mulranny and he made an instant impact as he scored on his return to the club. Patrick Gallagher’s side are always tough to beat at the Valley and they will be expecting to keep it that way this season as they look to make an instant return to the Premier Division.

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Crossmolina B v Kiltimagh/Knock United B (Sat 6pm)

Crossmolina B already look like they may be in for a long season if their first few results are anything to go by and on Saturday they face a side tipped for promotion when Kiltimagh/Knock United B are the visitors to Abbeyview. Crossmolina fell to a heavy defeat against Conn Rangers B last weekend while they also exited the Calor Gas Premier Cup after Moy Villa were much too strong for the North Mayo side. Kiltimagh/Knock needed a late winner from John Kelly to take the three points in their opening weekend win over Hollister. Kelly, Gavin Groarke and Thomas Gillespie are all dangerous options going forward for James Costello’s side and if they can improve at the back then they might just live up to their early season expectations

Westport United C v Conn Rangers B (Sun 11am)
Westport United have introduced a third team to the Mayo League this season and they will get their season underway on Sunday morning when Conn Rangers B visit United Park. Very little is known about the new side except that it will be mainly made up of younger players who are playing at this level for the first time. Conn Rangers B looked very impressive last weekend as they had six different scorers in the win over Crossmolina B and with a good mix of youth and experience throughout the squad they look like they will be challenging at the top of the table this season.

Hollister v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyvary Blue Bombers were unlucky not get a win in their opening game as Castlebar Celtic needed a late penalty from Terry Maughan to take a share of the spoils. It seems that Alan Campbell has transformed the Bombers and that they will be much more competitive this season after finding the going tough for the past two seasons in this division. Hollister returned to the league after a years absence last weekend and they were unfortunate to suffer a 2-1 defeat as Kiltimagh/Knock United B hit a late winner through John Kelly. Vinny Coen has put together a decent size squad for the season ahead and with Malachy McCarron at the back and Danny Langdon up front they are going to be a threat against most of the sides they come up against.



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