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Weekend Preview 25th/26th July


Westport United have the chance to make it to another FAI Junior Cup semi final on Sunday when Oliver Bond Celtic visit United Park while the Connacht Cups also resume this weekend

FAI Junior Cup Quarter Final

Westport United v Oliver Bond Celtic (Sun 2pm)
These two sides have waited a long time to face each other after the match was originally scheduled to be played in March but the prize on offer remains the same as they look to book a place in the last four. Dublin based side Oliver Bond Celtic have beaten some big teams to reach this stage including Ferrybank AFC in the previous round. In Jimmy McHugh they have a striker who had been in brilliant form before the lockdown and others like Mikey Malone and Willo McAdams are also players capable of causing damage this weekend. Westport couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2020 season as they eased past Ballyglass in the Calor Gas Super Cup last Saturday. The addition of James McGrath has been a big plus for Mickey Feeney during this competition but it’s the experienced players like Darren Browne, Gary Cunningham and Phil Keegan that have been to the fore in their cup run so far. Youngsters like Peter Corcoran, Mikey O’Brien and Jack Murphy have now become regulars in the side and with not too many fitness worries Feeney will have a difficult time in choosing a first eleven on Sunday. Due to government guidelines the attendance will be limited but as usual the game will be live on Facebook (Striker Online Facebook Page) and will also be broadcast live on Mid West Radio and both media outlets are sure to have plenty tuning in when the match kicks-off at 2pm

TP Brennan Connacht Cup Round 5
Ballyglass v Ballinasloe Town (Sun 2pm)

Ballyglass new management team had a tough introduction to first team management as they fell to a heavy defeat against Westport United last weekend. On Sunday Ballinasloe Town are the visitors to Michael Keaveney Park in the Connacht Cup as both sides look to book a place in the last eight. Ballinasloe are far from the side they were a few years ago as their mid table position in the Roscommon league suggests but the Galway based side always seem to reach the latter stages in this competition.

Castlerea Celtic v Conn Rangers (Sun 2pm)
Castlerea Celtic will look to put last weekend’s disappointment behind them when Conn Rangers are the visitors to Roscommon on Sunday. A final day defeat to St Peters meant they lost out on the league title by a solitary point as the Athlone based side retained their title with a 3-2 win. Conn Rangers had a 5-2 win over Kiltimagh/Knock United B but this will be a much bigger test for the North Mayo side. Rangers have added a number of players to their squad this season and they will be expected to be contending for the Premier Division title come the end of November. Craig Reape,  Owen McNamara and Jason Farrell are back involved while Eoin Prendergast, Conor Flynn and Liam Durkan will look to continue the form they have shown in recent seasons.   

Carbury v Manulla (Sun 2pm)
Manulla make the journey to Bee Park to take on the Sligo champions Carbury on Sunday afternoon. Manulla made it all the way to the final last year but it is a different looking side that travel to Sligo this weekend. They suffered a surprise defeat to Glenhest Rovers in their first game back last weekend where it was their wastefulness in front of goal that cost Roger Clarke’s side. Carbury currently trail Manor Rangers by a point at the top of the Sligo/Leitrim league but they will win the title if they win their four remaining league games. The fact they are fighting on a number of fronts may help Manulla but they will need to be at their best if they are to be in the draw for the Quarter Finals.

TP Brennan Connacht Shield Round 4
Manulla B v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 7pm)

Glenhest Rovers got their season of to the perfect start on Sunday with an impressive 1-0 win over Manulla in the Calor Gas Super Cup. This weekend they face Manulla’s second side as they travel to Carramore to take on Mossy Lally’s side. The return of Cathal Chambers brought instance success as he hit the winner in that cup win and with all the familiar faces still involved from last season they could be a surprise package in the Super League when it starts up next month. Manulla B have yet to play their first game since the restart but a cup run is never beyond any side managed by Lally.

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Moyne Villa (Sun 2pm)
Kiltimagh/Knock United will be expected to progress to the Quarter Finals when Galway side Moyne Villa travel to Mayo on Sunday afternoon. Kiltimagh/Knock had a very good win over Iorras Aontaithe in the Calor Gas Premier Cup on the opening weekend while Moyne Villa are in the difficult position of not having played a game for months and probably only beginning their pre-season training for when their league kicks-off in September. Giles McDonagh is now in charge at CMS Park and having retained the majority of the squad from last season his aim will be to get this side back to the Super League while any cup run will also be a bonus.

Colemanstown Utd v Kiltimagh/Knock United B (Sun 2pm)
While Kiltimagh/Knock United are in action as CMS Park Kiltimagh/Knock United B will also take on a Galway side as they travel to take on Colemanstown United. They put in a very good performance as they lost 5-2 to Premier Division side Conn Rangers in the cup last weekend.  It was an excellent performance from the East Mayo side and they will fancy their chances of making it through to the next round when they travel to the current FAI Club of the Year Colemanstown United on Sunday afternoon. The Galway based side season was cut short after the Galway League voided the league so they will now have to wait until September to get back to league action.

Claremorris B v Corofin (Sun 2pm)
Claremorris B put in a strong second half performance against League Two side Ballyvary Blue Bombers to progress to the 2nd Round of the Calor Gas Premier Cup last Saturday. Debutant Newton Carlos Silva made an instant impact as he scored twice in the 5-2 win. They have a very good blend of youth and experience in their side and with the likes of Mick Mullee still grabbing goals they are sure to cause plenty of problems for their Galway opponents. Corofin are the visitors to Concannon Park and having already beating Kilmore in the previous round they will fancy their chances of making it into the Quarter Final draw.


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