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Weekend Preview - 3rd/4th October

02/10/20

The Super League and Premier Division enter the penultimate week before the break as the second half of the season gets underway in League One and League Two

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Ballyheane v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 5pm)
Ballyheane have been the surprise package in the Super League in recent weeks as four wins in a row has seen them move into fourth place in the table. On Saturday evening they host a Glenhest Rovers side that are in a relegation battle as they sit joint bottom of the table even though they have been very competitive in all seven league games so far this season. With only eight goals in seven games they are relying on a strong defensive effort to get results and they will have to be at their best this weekend when they travel to Pat Quigley Park to take on Ashley Stevenson young attacking outfit. Nathan Reilly Doyle hit a hat-trick in last weekend’s win over Ballyglass and with Imoh Atoi and Dara Ludden have also been amongst the goals recently while Liam Irwin has been one of their best performers after committing to soccer this season.

Swinford v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 5pm)
Swinford welcome Super League champions Castlebar Celtic to James McEvaddy Park on Saturday evening in a confident mood as they moved out of the relegation zone last weekend as James Devaney scored four to secure their first win of the season against Claremorris. It was a much needed three points for Liam Foy’s side and the other positive was a clean sheet as Ryan Convey saved Claremorris best chance which came from the penalty spot. They face a Celtic side that returned to winning ways last weekend even though they had to come from a goal down to take all three points against bottom of the table Ballyhaunis Town. Celtic are still to find any of the form they showed last weekend, but they will have been encouraged to see players like Paul Walsh and Davitt Neary make their debuts throughout the season.

Ballyhaunis Town v Ballyglass (Sun 11am)
This is a key game for both sides as Ballyhaunis Town look to move out of the relegation zone and Ballyglass need the points as they attempt to finish in the bottom half of the table come the break in the season. Ballyhaunis only win came against Manulla at Station Rise earlier in the season and they will hope that home advantage will prove to be the decisive factor this weekend. Ballyglass are also looking for their first win in a while as they are on a four-game losing streak where their lack of goals has been a major factor in these defeats. They lost a number of key players since last season and it’s not only the attacking players they are finding hard to replace where the absence of Niall Gallagher in goal was always going to be tough to replace.

Manulla v Ballina Town (Sun 11am)
The two sides with realistic hopes of catching Westport United at the top of the table meet in Carramore on Sunday morning when Manulla take on Ballina Town. Ballina suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend in the top of the table clash with Westport and could have done with a more favourable fixture than having to face Roger Clarke’s side who are on a four game winning streak. Despite having the best attack in the division, they struggled to break down a resilient Westport side and Manulla will pose more of the same as they have only conceded six goals in their opening seven games. Manulla welcomed Sean Morrissey back into the starting eleven last weekend and he had an immediate impact as he scored the equaliser in the 2-1 win over Glenhest Rovers. Gerry Canavan was missing for that game and if he’s available on Sunday he could have a massive impact on the final result.

Claremorris v Westport United (Sun 2.30pm)
Claremorris look like a side destined to be in a relegation battle come the end of November and the last thing they would have wanted after their heavy defeat to Swinford last weekend is to have to face an unbeaten Westport United side on Sunday afternoon. Claremorris are on a four game losing run where they have conceded an average of five goals a game and with Castlebar Celtic to come next weekend they look odds on to finish in the bottom half of the table at the break. Westport’s strong defence has been the key factor in their unbeaten start to the season and the blend of youth and experience has blended in well in front of Gary Cunningham. Mark McDonagh and Mikey O’Brien gave pace down the flanks while Joe Lawless is still one of the best centre backs in the county as was shown in his outstanding performance in the win over Ballina Town last weekend

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Iorras Aontaithe v Straide & Foxford Utd (Sat 5pm)

Straide & Foxford United are one of the form sides in the division as they’ve put together a four game winning streak but they face a very difficult task on Saturday evening when they make the journey to the Erris Peninsula to take on Iorras Aontaithe who lie just a point above them in the table. Aiden Flatley’s side recovered from a terrible start to the season as players like Kienan Smyth, Michael Guilfoyle and Tony McDermott have put in some outstanding performances in that winning run. Iorras player manager Ivan Barrett must be concerned with their defensive record so far this season as even though they are up there with the top scorers in the division their defensive record is more suited to a team lying in the bottom half of the table. 

Snugboro United v Fahy Rovers (Sat 5pm)
The bottom two sides in the Premier Division meet in a relegation six pointer at Edward Conway Park as Snugboro United host Fahy Rovers. Aaron Curry’s side were within minutes of their first win of the season as they drew for the third time this season last weekend against Westport United B. They are beginning to get a settle side on the pitch but they will know that a defeat here could really leave them with a mountain to climb in their final six games. Fahy though haven’t been fairing much better and have only picked up one point in their last five games as they have dropped into the relegation zone.

Westport United B v Killala (Sat 5pm)

Westport United B’s faint title hopes were ended last weekend as they needed a late John Foy goal to earn a point against bottom of the table Snugboro United. On Saturday evening they host a Killala side that are also in a relegation battle after they suffered three heavy defeats in a row. Westport could yet end up in the bottom five at the break in the league as they currently sit in fifth place but with Manulla B to come next weekend they will fancy their chances of making the cut. Killala’s defensive frailties have been exposed in those three defeats and their lack of a natural goalscorer is also of concern for Vincent Kearney and Peter McDonnell.

Ballina Town B v Manulla B (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballina Town B will still feel they can make the top five at the break in the season but a win on Sunday against Manulla b is a must with league leaders Conn Rangers to come next weekend. They looked like they were back to their form from last season in their recent win over Killala as they put five past their local North Mayo rivals. Ryan Moran’s move back to the club has been a big plus for the side while Jordan Delaney, Pj Gilamrtin and Shane Devers are also in good form this season. Manulla B have been a difficult side to beat but their inability to turn draws into wins has left them only two points above the relegation zone. Last weekend they held Kiltimagh/Knock United scoreless as they picked up another point but the lowest scorers in the division could really do with showing a bit more attacking intent if they are to stay ahead of those in that relegation zone.

Kiltimagh/Knock Utd v Conn Rangers (Sun 2.30pm)

The final game in the Premier Division sees the top two meet at CMS park as Kiltimagh/Knock United aim to retake the lead at the top of the table on Sunday afternoon. On the other hand a win for Conn Rangers would move them five points clear of their rivals and in pole position with just six games remaining. Kiltimagh/Knock were held to a surprising 0-0 draw at Manulla B last weekend as the top scorers in the division were kept scoreless for the first time this season. In Darragh Hanlon and Dylan Webb they have two of the top three scorers in the division as Giles McDonagh’s side have scored more than double the goals that their opponents have so far in the league. Just like Conn Rangers they don’t concede too many goals as both sides have only let in five goals in their opening seven league games with Kiltimagh/Knock yet to concede a goal at CMS Park. Conn Rangers have been dominant in most of their games so far but they are yet to find their full attacking rhythm with Eoin Prendergast and Owen McNamara leading the scoring charts for them on three goals each.  

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Moy Villa v Crossmolina (Sat 5pm)

Moy Villa got back to winning ways last weekend with an emphatic 4-1 win over Claremorris B as they moved a point clear at the top of the table. On Saturday they meet a Crossmolina side that have recovered from a tough start to the season to claim two wins in their last two games. They were unlucky to lose to Moy Villa in the opening game of the season and with Ger Haran and Shane Hennigan starting to form a good partnership upfront there is sure to be plenty of goals just like there was in that seven goal thriller. Moy Villa’s Luke Ruane is the leading scorer in the division but John Durkan and Ciaran Gaughan have also scored their fair share of goals in the first half of the season. They have a very similar team to the one that clinched the League Two title last season on their return to Mayo League Football and they are the favourites to add another trophy to their cabinet with similar performances in the second half of the season. 

Achill Rovers v Claremorris B (Sat 5pm)
At the other end of the table Achill Rovers and Claremorris B will be looking to move out of the relegation zone when the two sides meet at Fr. O’Brien Park on Saturday evening. Achill will have been encouraged from last weekend’s performance as they got an important point against Newport/Mulranny Wanderers but they will know that they will need to start picking up wins if they are to avoid a second relegation in two seasons. Claremorris lie a point behind their opponents in the table and they are on a three-game losing streak as they struggle to get anywhere near the same eleven on the field from week to week. The sides drew 2-2 when they met earlier in the season but a point apiece might not be enough if either side are going to get themselves out of the bottom two in the coming weeks.

Kilmore v Newport/Mulranny Wanderers (Sun 2.30pm)

Kilmore moved into second place in the table last week after picking up wins over Achill Rovers and Partry Athletic over a four-day period. On Sunday they face a Newport/Mulranny side that are looking for their first win in four games after their excellent start to the season came to a halt in a defeat to Crossmolina a few weeks ago. Only a point separates them as we enter the second half of the season and a win for Newport/Mulranny will move them back in front in the race for promotion. Both sides have only conceded seven goals in their opening six games and another low scoring match is expected as was the case when they met on the opening day of the season when Stephen Patten hit the winner for Newport/Mulranny.

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Hollister v Kiltimagh/Knock United B (Sat 5pm)

Hollister boosted their chances of promotion with a win over Conn Rangers B last weekend but their hopes could be dashed if they fail to beat an inform Kiltimagh/Knock United B. Danny Langdon leads the goalscoring charts in the division after he hit four in that win over Conn Rangers while Martin and Josh Delaney are another two players that have shown their ability in recent weeks. Kiltimagh/Knock came from two goals down to claim all three points against Castlebar Celtic B last time out as James Costello’s side put themselves in prime position for promotion. Thomas Gillespie has continued his good form from last season but it was the experienced Gavin Groarke that was the hero last weekend when his late penalty completed the comeback against a devastated Celtic side.

Crossmolina B v Conn Rangers B (Sun 11am)
The two sides that occupy the bottom two places in League Two meet at Mount Falcon on Sunday morning. Crossmolina have only a single point on the board but will go into the game with renewed confidence after coming within minutes of causing a huge upset against league leaders Westport United C. Conn Rangers only win came against their opponents earlier in the season but since that there only other point came against Kiltimagh/Knock United B. 

Castlebar Celtic B v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyvary Blue Bombers had the bye last weekend but it may have come at the wrong time for Alan Campbell’s side as they got themselves back into the promotion race with wins over Conn Rangers B and Kiltimagh/Knock United B. On Sunday afternoon they travel to Celtic Park to take on a Castlebar Celtic B side that were annoyed to have given away a two goal lead last weekend as they slipped out of the promotion places at the top of the table. Pat Lynch is the man in form for the Bombers with four goals in his last two games but the fact that they kept two clean sheets in those wins will have been a huge positive for the East Mayo side. The sides drew 2-2 when they met on the opening day of the season but the Bombers will know that anything other than three points and they will more than likely be playing in League Two again next season. Celtic have a very exciting attack with Stephen Jennings, Kevin Quinn and Bryan Mannion their main threats and if they can get Terry Maughan to rekindle his early season form they will feel they can get back into the promotion places in the coming weeks. 

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