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Weekend Preview - 8th/9th September


Ballina United v Hollister - McDonnell Cup Final 2018

The League Two title will be settled this weekend as Hollister and Claremorris B fight it out for top spot while Snugboro United could clinch the Premier Division title.

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Westport United v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 5.45pm)

The only thing to play for now at the top end of the Super League table is the second place spot and Westport United can more or less guarantee that position with a win over rivals Castlebar Celtic on Saturday evening. Both sides had good wins last weekend so they will go into the game full of confidence but Celtic will know that they need the win more than Westport as we enter the final stages of the season. Jason & Gerry Hunt are in good goalscoring form for Michael McNicolas side while Darren Browne, Jesper Frisch and Brandon Scahill are the men in form for John Russell’s side.

Manulla v Claremorris

Claremorris got back to winning ways with a win over Iorras Aontaithe last weekend and they will still feel they have an outside chance of finishing second if they can win their three remaining games. On Sunday they face Manulla in a derby game and if their previous meeting this season is anything to go by where they drew 3-3 we should be in for a cracking game in Carramore as both sides prepare for the external cups that begin at the end of the month.

Ballyheane v Ballyglass (Sun 2.30pm)
The bottom of the table is where the main focus now lies in the Super League with Ballyheane, Kiltimgah/Knock United and Iorras Aontaithe battling it out to avoid the two relegation spots. After last weekend’s demolition at the hands of Ballina Town, Ballyheane entertain near neighbours Ballyglass on Sunday afternoon as they aim to stay in touch at the bottom of the table. They trail Kiltimagh/Knock United by just one point and will aim to stay in touch with the East Mayo side until they meet on the final day of the season. Jp O’Gorman was back in the Ballyglass side last weekend and he scored four in their win over Kiltimagh/Knock to more or less secure their safety in the top division.

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Iorras Aontaithe (Sun 2.30pm)

Iorras Aontiathe must avoid defeat in their meeting with Kiltimagh/Knock this weekend to prolong their relegation battle while a win would move them to within two points of safety and in with a real chance of a miracle escape. Kiltimagh/Knock have looked the most likely to move away from the drop zone in recent weeks but they still remain just a point clear of Ballyheane. Both these sides have really struggled to find the net regularly and this has been the main reason that they have ended up in a battle at the wrong end of the table.

Straide & Foxford Utd v Ballina Town (Sun 2.30pm)
There’s a North Mayo derby in Foxford on Sunday afternoon when Straide & Foxford United welcome the newly crowned League Champions Ballina Town to Green Road. Straide & Foxford season has petered out in recent weeks as they have only picked up two points in their last five games. Ballina Town have averaged five goals per game in their last five league games as they have ended the season in even better goalscoring form. Mick Duffy’s side are aiming to finish the season in good form as they still have the Connacht Gold Premier Cup Final to look forward to next month.

CastleCourt Hotel Premier League
Ballyglass B v Achill Rovers (Sat 5.45pm)

Ballyglass B’s hopes of survival were dented last weekend when they lost to Westport United B and their relegation could be confirmed this weekend if they fail to beat Achill Rovers and Conn Rangers pick up the three points against Westport. Ballyglass are on an eight-game losing streak but they will be aware that their last victory came against their opponents this weekend. Achill will be determined though to get revenge for that defeat earlier this season when they went down on a 5-1 scoreline to the East Mayo side.

Fahy Rovers v Ballyhaunis Town (Sat 5.45pm)
Ballyhaunis Town can move a step closer to promotion if they can beat a battling Fahy Rovers side on Saturday evening. Ballyhaunis are in great form as they are on an eight-game winning streak and Tommy Page’s side look odds on to join Snugboro in the Super League next season. They are the top scorers in the division with Dayo Adex, Cathal Carney and Jarlath Carney scoring the majority of their goals in recent weeks. Fahy are in a very safe midtable position and they will be delighted not to find themselves in a relegation battle for the first time in many weeks.

Swinford v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 5.45pm)

Glenhest Rovers remain in the promotion race but Damian Walsh’s side face the difficult task of getting back to football action after the heartbreaking loss of their centre back David Walsh in an accident two weeks ago. David had been a key member of their squad for numerous seasons and his loss leaves a huge void in the club. Swinford are still in with a shout of catching Ballyhaunis Town but they will need to win their three remaining games if they are to catch Tommy Page’s side. Martin Murphy was back in the side last weekend and he had an immediate impact as he scored in their win over Achill Rovers.

Conn Rangers v Westport United B (Sun 2.30pm)
Conn Rangers have the chance to move a step closer to survival at the bottom of the table when they welcome Westport United B to Mount Falcon on Sunday morning. Conn Rangers have lost their last three league games but still have safety in their own hands and a win on Sunday should more or less guarantee Premier League football for another season. Westport B have a very small chance of staying up but they must win their final three games and hope that Conn Rangers fail to pick up any points. They gave themselves a small bit of hope with a win over Ballyglass B last weekend but in all reality they know they will be playing in League One next season.

Snugboro United v Bangor Hibs (Sun 2.30pm)
Snugboro United’s promotion will be confirmed on Sunday afternoon if they pick up a point against an out of form Bangor Hibs side. There is also the possibility that they could be crowned champions if they pick up the three points and Ballyhaunis Town fail to win on Saturday evening. A win would also bring their winning run to nineteen games in all competitions and it’s hard to see anything but that happening this weekend. Hibs are having a real tough end to the season as they have fallen to some heavy defeats in recent weeks. They are still not mathematically safe but their early season form looks to have ensured they will remain in the Premier Division next season.

Killeen Sports Ground League Two
Hollister v Ballina United (Sun 2.30pm)

Hollister missed the chance to win the title last weekend as they drew 1-1 with Claremorris B and they still need a point against neighbours Ballina United to secure promotion while a win will secure a historic title for Vinny Coen’s side. Ballina United though have already beaten their rivals twice this season including a win in the McDonnell Cup Final and they will go into this game high on confidence after their 8-1 win over Ballyvary Blue Bombers last weekend. These two sides know each other very well and United will relish the chance of denying their rivals a first league title.

Newport Burrishoole v Claremorris B (Sun 2.30pm)
Claremorris B should seal promotion on Sunday afternoon when they take on bottom of the table Newport Burrishoole in Solar 21 Park. Claremorris know a win will secure their promotion and they could be crowned league champions if Hollister fail to beat Ballina United. Newport have failed to threaten Paul Ryan’s side in their two previous meetings this season and it will be a huge shock if they are to deny Claremorris a promotion to League One on their first season back in League football.