Elverys Sports Super League
Ballina Town v Westport United (Sat 5pm)
There is only one place to start and that is the top of the table clash in the Super League when the two sides with 100% records meet in Belleek on Saturday evening. Something will have to give this weekend as free scoring Ballina Town come up against a Westport defence that has only conceded one goal in their first six league games. Ballina’s new management team have really gotten the best out of Benny Lavelle and the star striker as netted eighteen league goals so far as their side as averaged five goals a game. Jamie Cawley, Dylan McKee have also shown their attacking capabilities in those wins while Conor Quinn’s introduction to the side has also been a huge plus. Westport needed a late goal from substitute Mikey O’Brien to see of Glenhest Rovers last weekend as Mickey Feeney’s side maintained their perfect start but it’s their strong defence that they will look to as they attempt to put a halt to Lavelle and the prolific Ballina attack.
Castlebar Celtic v Ballyhaunis Town (Sat 5pm)
League champions Castlebar Celtic could find themselves looking at the prospect of finishing in the bottom five at the half-way point in the league if they fail to return to winning ways when Ballyhaunis Town visit Celtic Park on Sunday. After a decent start to their title defence they have now lost four on the trot and find themselves twelve points behind Westport United and Ballina Town at the top of the table. The loss of Ger O’Boyle and Cathal Coyne have hit them hard at the back as their usually reliable defence is now conceding goals at an alarming rate. Ballyhaunis remain in the bottom two with four points on the board and will look to add to Celtic’s woes and pull of another shock result as they did against Manulla a few weeks ago.
Glenhest Rovers v Manulla (Sun 11am)
Manulla go into Sunday morning’s game with Glenhest Rovers in the title race as they lie just three points behind the league leaders Westport United and Ballina Town ahead of this weekend’s fixture. They will remember their previous meeting earlier in the season when Glenhest progressed in the first round of the Calor Gas Super Cup as Cathal Chambers scored the only goal. Manulla were fortunate to secure all three points last weekend against Ballyglass but with a number of players due to rejoin the squad they will be delighted with how their season has gone so far. Glenhest came within minutes of taking a point against Westport United last weekend and Declan Nevin’s side have proven a stubborn side to beat even though they have only four points on the board. They are finding it difficult to score goals as their lack of a recognised striker has seen them score only seven league goals so far this season as Kevin Warde has yet to find the form that he showed last season.
Swinford v Claremorris (Sun 2.30pm)
Swinford picked up their second point of the season last weekend as they drew with Ballyhaunis Town and they will be hopeful of their first win when a wounded Claremorris side visit James McEvaddy Park on Sunday afternoon. Claremorris were on the end of a heavy defeat to Ballina Town last weekend and Mark Peters side will be wary of the fact they have Westport United and Castlebar Celtic to come in their final games before the break in the season. Swinford early season injuries have hampered their chances of making a real go of their first season in the Super League but with some players starting to make a return to the squad they will be expecting to be much more competitive in the next few weeks.
Ballyglass v Ballyheane (Sun 2.30pm)
After the first few weeks of the season it looked like Ballyheane would be in another relegation battle but Ashley Stevenson’s side are now looking at finishing in the top five after three wins in a row. On Sunday they make the short journey to Ballyglass who themselves will be relatively pleased with how their season has gone so far. They were very unfortunate not to pick up any points in last weekend’s defeat to Manulla as they missed a host of chances as they lost out in a five goal thriller. Ballyheane on the other hand took their chances as they got a win over Super League champions Castlebar Celtic as Sean Tuffy, Jack Rochford and Imoh Atoi were on target for Ashley Stevenson’s side. A win for Ballyheane will more or less guarantee their spot in the top five while Ballyglass will be looking the other way if they fail to pick up any points with just two more games to come before the break.
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Conn Rangers v Iorras Aontaithe (Sat 5pm)
There’s also a top of the table clash taking place in the Premier Division as league leaders Conn Rangers take on third place Iorras Aontaithe. Eoin Prendergast early season form has been a concern for Nigel Reape’s side but his double in last weekend’s win over Fahy Rovers will have given both men a confidence boost. They have been very strong at the back so far this season and they will need to be at their best again this weekend when they face one of the form teams in the division. Dylan Walker is their main danger man in attack but he has plenty of help in the goalscoring department as Jason Boylan, Kyle O’Reilly and Ryan Ruddy are also in a goo run of form. At the other end of the pitch Iorras are leaking goals and Conn Rangers will look to take advantage a defence that has conceded an average of three goals per game so far this season.
Manulla B v Kiltimagh/Knock United (Sat 5pm)
Manulla B have the tough task of taking on Kiltimagh/Knock United on Saturday evening as Mossy Lally’s side aim to not only be the first side to get a point at CMS Park but also the first side to score a goal there against Giles McDonagh’s side. Kiltimagh/Knock have not only been good at the back they also are the top scorers in the division as Darragh Hanlon and Dylan Webb lead the way at the top of the goalscoring charts in the division. Manulla B are involved at a battle at the other end of the table and are yet to get a settled side on the pitch as they have began the season in very inconsistent form.
Straide & Foxford United v Fahy Rovers (Sun 11am)
Straide & Foxford United have turned their season around in recent weeks as three wins in a row as propelled them into the top half of the table. On Sunday morning they will be confident they can continue that run when Fahy Rovers visit Green Road. Aiden Flatley’s side have been very impressive during that run which included a win over league leaders Conn Rangers two weeks ago. While Straide & Foxford are on a winning run their opponents are looking for their first win in five games as they have struggled to replicate the form, they showed in their only league win which came against Ballina Town B.
Killala v Ballina Town B (Sun 2.30pm)
Only a point separates these two North Mayo rivals at this stage of the season but a win for either will give them a great chance of making the top five when they meet at The Courthouse on Sunday afternoon. It’s been a relatively tough season so far for the current Premier Division champions but recent form shows that they seem to be heading in the right direction after three defeats in a row left them in the relegation zone a few weeks ago. Killala’s lack of goals has been an issue so far this season as their regular top scorer Rory Gallagher yet to find the target from open play while the youngsters introduced to the squad over the past few seasons are yet to find some consistent performances for Vincent Kearney’s side.
Westport United B v Snugboro United (Sun 2.30pm)
Westport United B title hopes took a hit last weekend as they drew 2-2 with Ballina Town B but they will be expected to get back on track this weekend when winless Snugboro United visit United Park on Sunday afternoon. They face three of the bottom four sides in their next three fixtures so they will know they are still in with a chance of staying close to the top of the table some the break in three weeks-time. Snugboro just cannot get a win on the board and the fact that they have scored just one goal in their last four games show where the problems are for Aaron Curry’s side. A win on Sunday though could see them move out of the bottom two as Fahy Rovers and Manual B are also struggling to put results together.
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Moy Villa v Claremorris B (Sat 5pm)
Moy Villa have been of form in recent weeks as they dropped five points in their last two games but they have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways on Saturday evening when bottom of the table Claremorris B visit Attymass. Hugh Langdon’s side failed to take advantage of playing against ten men for over fifty minutes as they drew with Newport/Mulranny Wanderers last weekend but a big positive was seeing both Luke Ruane and John Durkan back amongst the goals. Claremorris B were unlucky not to pick up anything against Crossmolina last weekend but a defeat here could leave them in a precarious position going into the second half of the season.
Achill Rovers v Newport/Mulranny Wanderers (Sun 2.30pm)
Achill Rovers defeat to Kilmore on Thursday evening leaves them in the relegation places in League One and on Sunday they host neighbours Newport/Mulranny Wanderers in a huge derby game in Fr. O’Brien Park. Achill lost Cory Kilbane to a toe injury last weekend and his presence was missed in that defeat on Thursday night. There may be six places between them in the table but a win for Achill on Sunday would see them move to within three points of their local rivals. Newport/Mulranny strong start to the season came to a surprising halt two weeks ago when they lost to Crossmolina but they will have regained a lot of confidence from their performance in their 2-2 draw with Moy Villa last weekend where they had to play for over fifty minutes with ten men after keeper Paul Cafferkey was sent off late in the first half. They have the best defensive record in the division but Cafferkey’s suspension will mean an enforced change to their usual back five.
Kilmore v Partry Athletic (Sun 2.30pm)
Kilmore moved level on points with Partry on Thursday evening with an impressive win over Achill Rovers where they recovered after conceding an early goal to put three past the Islanders in a rearranged game at Solar 21 Park. On Sunday the two sides meet in Drum and the winners will go into the second half of the season with a real prospect of promotion. Partry have recovered from a tough start to their league season to win three games in a row as Neil Donnelly’s team have improved in the final third of the pitch with Dean Shaughnessy their leading scorer while John Paul Sweeney and Jonathon Lawerence have also impressed. Kilmore defence has been key to their improvement in form this year as they have conceded just six goals in their opening five games but the addition of James Kelly, Colin Barrett and Evan Ivers has given them new options in attack and all three players were impressive in that win over Achill. The sides already met this season when Partry progressed with a 1-0 win in the Calor Gas Premier Cup first round and another close encounter is expected on Sunday.
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Hollister v Conn Rangers B (Sun 11am)
A North Mayo derby gets the action underway in League Two on Sunday morning when Hollister host Conn Rangers B in Belleek. Hollister still harbour hopes of promotion but failure to pick up the three points on Sunday will leave them with too much to do in the second half of the season. Conn Rangers only win came against bottom side Crossmolina B on the opening day, but a local derby is sure to get the pulses racing amongst their squad this weekend.
Castlebar Celtic B v Kiltimagh/Knock United B (Sun 11am)
Castlebar Celtic B and Kiltimagh/Knock United B will look to put pressure on Westport United C as the two teams in joint second place meet at Celtic Park on Sunday morning. Celtic’s experienced players have seen them push for promotion as Bryan Mannion, Terry Maughan and Stephen Jennings have been in fine form but they have also introduced a number of younger players into the squad as was evident last weekend when Dylan Howley and Ethan Minogue made their senior debuts. Kiltimagh/Knock were disappointed to suffer their first defeat of the season last weekend at the hands of Ballyvary Blue Bombers and James Costello’s side will be looking to avoid a second defeat in a row as their normally excellent attack failed to ignite in that defeat to the Bombers.
Crossmolina B v Westport United C (Sun 2.30pm)
It’s top against bottom at Abbeyview on Sunday afternoon when Crossmolina B take on Westport United C. The young guns of Westport have been very impressive in their first season playing in the league and with only two players over eighteen registered they seem to have a long future at the club especially players like Adam Diamond Keane, Ted Horan and Joe Sweet who have been in superb early season form. Crossmolina on the other hand are finding life in League Two much tougher and are just looking to be competitive as they continue to look for the first win of the season.