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Weekend Preview 5th/6th September

04/09/20

Westport United take on Salthill Devon in the Connacht Cup Final at Solar 21 Park on Sunday while league action continues across all four divisions

TP Brennan Connacht Cup Final
Westport United v Salthill Devon (Sun 2pm in Solar 21 Park)

Westport United are back in the Connacht final for the first time since they last won it in 2012 but they are coming up against a formidable Salthill Devon side that are playing in their first final since 1995. Westport were a minute from elimination in the semi final as they needed a late goal from Phil Keegan to force extra time and penalties against another Galway side West United. Westport are the form side in Mayo and Mickey Feeney faces a tough task of picking his first eleven with so many players in form throughout the squad. Other than the penalty shoot-out win in the semi final they have made light work of Ballinasloe Town, Tuam Celtic, Cliffoney Celtic and Merville United in earlier rounds. Salthill have already knocked out two top sides in Mayo as they had a 4-3 win over Ballina Town in the Last 32 and a comprehensive 6-0 win over the Super League Champions Castlebar Celtic in the Quarter Final. Mikey Fox is their star man up front and the hitman scored a hat-trick in that win over Castlebar Celtic while also netting the winner in their semi final win over St. Bernards. The game kicks-off at 2pm and is been broadcast live by the Connacht Football Association.

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Ballina Town v Ballyglass (Sat 6pm)

Both these sides had important wins last weekend as Ballina Town got the better of Castlebar Celtic in a nine-goal thriller while Ballyglass put four past Glenhest Rovers to earn their second win of the season. Benny Lavelle is a man in form with nine goals so far this season including all five in that win over Celtic. Ballina have three wins from three and are level on point with Westport United at the top of the table and they have a chance to move clear of them with Westport in Connacht Cup action this weekend. Ballyglass were a side tipped to struggle this season but going on their first three games they have more than an outside chance of making the top five at the break in the season. Liam Hughes has started the season in good form up front while Mossy Lally and Keelan McDonnell are another two players that are playing at the top of their game.

Manulla v Swinford (Sat 6pm)
Manulla suffered a shock defeat against Ballyhaunis Town last weekend and on Saturday evening. They will be hoping to get back to winning ways when Swinford visit Carramore. Roger Clarke’s side lack of a top-class striker could cost them as the season goes on as the likes of Gerry Canavan can’t always be relied on to come up with the goods. Swinford have put in some creditable performances in recent weeks despite losing to Ballina Town and Westport United and they will have targeted games like this to get the points they need to move away from the bottom two. Johnny McNulty has been playing as a makeshift striker but the return of Martin Murphy and Paddy O’Donnell to the bench last weekend will have given Liam Foy’s side some hope as they got some minutes under their belts in that defeat to Westport. 

Claremorris v Glenhest Rovers (Sun 11am)

Glenhest Rovers have found it difficult on their return to the top division with their only point so far coming against fellow promoted side Swinford. On Sunday morning  they travel to Concannon Park to take on Claremorris where they will feel they will need to pick up at least a point with Ballina Town and Westport United to come in their next two games. Claremorris picked up their first win of the season last weekend with a win over Ballyheane and Mark Peters side will be hopeful that it will be the win that kick starts their 2020 season. They have some real attacking threat in their team and with Dean Roddy and Rokas Mikuckis they have two strikers that would get in most sides in the top division. Finnian Brady, Simon Butler and Oisin Brady are other players that pose an attacking threat and if they can find some form Peters side will be challenging at the other end of the table in a few weeks’ time.

Ballyheane v Ballyhaunis Town (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballyhaunis Town travel to Pat Quigley Park this weekend to take on Ballyheane in a confident mood after a brilliant win over Manulla last weekend. They rode their luck at times but a terrific rear-guard performance with Jarlath Carney putting in a man of the match performance at centre back. Ballyheane will go into the game knowing they need to start putting points on the board sooner rather than later as they are still to pick up their first point of the season. They have lost their opening three games and are struggling to score having found the net only twice in those three games. They have a very young side and will look to players like Jack Tuffy, Nathan Reilly-Doyle and Moo Paw to lead the team in the last third of the pitch.

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Iorras Aontaithe v Westport United B (Sat 6pm)

Iorras Aontaithe continued their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive 3-1 win over Ballina Town B last weekend and on Saturday they take on the second team of Westport United who themselves have picked up six points from their opening three games. Iorras showed huge improvements at the back in that win over Ballina after conceding eight goals in their first two games but it’s at the other end of the pitch that they have been really impressive. Dylan Walker and Ryan Ruddy offer lots of pace to their attack and Walker in particular is a superb finisher and a man in form so far this season. Westport were promoted to the Premier Division last year and they will be delighted with their start to the season as not only have they six points on the board in the league but have also progressed to the semi-finals of the Calor Gas Premier Cup. Mark McNally and PJ Calvey are always a threat up front and with Michael Gibbons and Niall Quinn holding things together at the back they are always a difficult side to beat at home or away. 

Straide & Foxford United v Manulla B (Sun 11am)
Straide & Foxford United are rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division and going by last weekend’s defeat to Killala they are going to need huge improvements if they are to make a move up the table. On Sunday morning Manulla B are the visitors to Green Road as Aiden Flatley’s side look to get their first points of the season. Killala scored a late winner to deny them a draw last Sunday but anyone watching that match will have seen that Killala missed at least seven or eight guilt edge chances. Michael Guilfoyle was suspended for that game and they really miss his presence in attack as they struggled to find an out ball in that defeat. Manulla B put last weekend’s defeat to Conn Rangers behind them on Thursday night as they made it through to the semi-finals of the Calor Gas Premier Cup with a 2-1 win over Partry Athletic.

Fahy Rovers v Killala (Sun 2.30pm)
Killala needed an injury time winner from Fin Lacey to see off the challenge of Straide & Foxford United last Sunday as they secured a deserved first win of the season. They caused Aiden Flatley’s side all sorts of problems as Nathan Brown, Michael O’Hora, Rory Gallagher and Cathal Boland all looked dangerous in the numerous attacks Killala had on the Straide & Foxford goal. Fahy have continued the sort of form they have shown in recent seasons as they find it difficult to win a few games on the trot but on their day, they will cause problems for most teams in the division.  

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Ballina Town B (Sun 2.30pm)
Ballina Town B have failed to show the form that seen them go unbeaten in this division last year and at this early stage they already look in danger of not making the top five after two defeats in their first three games. This Sunday they travel to CMS Park to take on Kiltimagh/Knock United who are looking like real promotion contenders even at this early stage of the season. Dylan Webb, Darragh Hanlon and Iarla Carty have all had good starts to the season and if they can tighten up at the back they will be serious contenders come the end of the season. Ballina Town B seem to have lost the defensive stability they had last season and any side that would have lost Ryan Moran and Daniel Gorman are sure to find that the creativity in attack is not what it was either. 

Snugboro United v Conn Rangers (Sun 2.30pm)
Conn Rangers are the only side in this division to have nine points on the board and they will be favourites to make it four wins from four when they visit Edward Conway Park to take on Snugboro United on Sunday afternoon. Conn Rangers have the best defensive record in the division as Nigel Reape side have only conceded two goals in the league and if Eoin Prendergast can find the form he showed last season they look like they are going to maintain there good start to the season. Snugboro just like Straide & Foxford United are yet to pick up a win this season in the league but their opening day draw in Iorras is sure to give them huge hope that they can be a match for any side in this division on the day. They have a new look squad this year and they will need to gel together quickly if they have any chance of making the top five at the break in the season.

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Kilmore v Moy Villa (Sat 6pm)

Title favourites Moy Villa have lived up to their billing so far this season as Hugh Langdon’s free scoring side have hit twenty-four goals in their four league and cup games this season. Former Super League top scorer John Durkan has hit eleven of those goals and his partnership with Luke Ruane would cause havoc for any defence. Ciaran Gaughan is also showing the form he showed at Ballina Town earlier in his career and other like Nigel Lackey and Andrew Ruane have also shown some good early season form. On Saturday evening they travel to a rejuvenated Kilmore side who have surprised many with two wins from their opening three games. Kilmore will know this is their toughest task to date and will remember two heavy defeats to the Attymass based side last season. Last weekend they shut Crossmolina out with an impressive defensive performance considering they were missing two of their first choice back four and with some of these players returning this weekend they will be hopeful of causing a major shock.

Newport/Mulranny Wanderers v Claremorris B (Sat 6pm)
Newport/Mulranny Wanderers have ha the perfect start to their league season with two wins from two and they will be expected to add to their points tally when Claremorris B are the visitors to Solar 21 Park on Saturday evening. Newport/Mulranny had one of the best defensive records last season and they have continued where they left of with only one goal conceded so far this season. Shane McManamon and Tim Davitt are key players in their team as they hold together a well organised defence but others like Jack Tuffy and Damien Doyle are players that keep things moving further up the field. Claremorris bounced back from a defeat to Kilmore with an impressive 2-1 win over Partry Athletic last weekend as Shane and Niall Tracey caused huge problems for Niall Donnelly’s side. The brothers only signed for the club last week and their immediate impact was there for all to see last weekend. They have a young side but can also call on players of experience as Alan Fenwick and Mick Mullee is vital in the squad and a win on Sunday would see them move ahead of their opponents in the table

Partry Athletic v Crossmolina (Sun 2.30pm)
Partry Athletic welcome Crossmolina to Partry on Sunday afternoon as both sides go in search of their first points of the season. Crossmolina came very close to promotion last year but going on their early season form they will be fighting a relegation battle this time around. In Shane Hennigan they have one of the top strikers in the division but if he’s not firing, they seem to struggle to break sides down. The addition of Stewart Griffen in midfield is a huge plus for Michael Canavan’s side but he will need to get more out of Kevin Campbell and Ian Gordon if they are to move up the table. Partry early season cup form has deserted them in recent weeks but Neil Donnelly will know that his side is capable of much more but their lack of a goalscorer seems to be a huge issue for the South Mayo side. Their cup run also came to an end on Thursday evening as Premier Division side Manulla B knocked them out at the Quarter Finals stage with a 2-1 win in Partry.

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Crossmolina B v Castlebar Celtic B (Sat 6pm)

Crossmolina B picked up their first point of the season last weekend as they drew with Ballyvary Blue Bombers but they face a tougher task this weekend when Castlebar Celtic are the visitors to Abbeyview. Celtic’s experienced players have been to the fore for Stephen Moran’s side with Terry Maughan, Stephen Jennings and Nicky Canning getting the goals in last weekend’s win over Hollister. Crossmolina’s first point of the season came as a surprise to many but the new side were always going to take a while to settle into playing at this level. Niall Goggins has been used by both of their junior teams this season and the youngster has already scored twice while Patrick Lindsay and Fergal Duffy have also shown glimpses of quality for the North Mayo side.

Westport United C v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sat 6pm)
Ballyvary Blue Bombers had an encouraging draw with Castlebar Celtic B on the opening day of the season but after three games they are still looking for their first win and a trip to United Park to take on a young Westport United C team isn’t an ideal for player manager Alan Campbell’s side. Campbell and Simon Lavin are suspended for this game and their loss makes it an even bigger task for the team from Keelogues. Westport themselves though were disappointed to give up a two goal lead as they conceded three quick goals in their 4-3 loss against Kiltimagh/Knock United B last weekend. Adam Diamond Keane has been their outstanding performer in their first two games as the young attacker has scored three league goals. 

Conn Rangers B v Kiltimagh/Knock United B (Sun 11am)
Kiltimagh/Knock United B continued their excellent start to the season as they made it three wins from three with a late comeback against Westport United C last Sunday. They are a much-changed side from last season as players like Thomas Gillespie and Christy Conlon have much more of an influence on the side. On Sunday morning they face a tough task as they face Conn Rangers B in Mount Falcon. The North Mayo side have one win from two and will be confident of ending the East Mayo sides winning run. Luke Clayton, Ciaran Traynor and Kevin McDermott are just three players that look like they have more to offer and have all been on the scoresheet in those opening games.

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