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Weekend Review - 25th/26th August


Ballina Town and Castlebar Celtic to meet in a repeat of last years Connacht gold Super Cup Final while Snugboro United and Ballyhaunis Town progress to the Premier Cup Final

Connacht Gold Super Cup

Ballina Town set up a repeat of last years Connacht Gold Super Cup Final as a brilliant second half performance seen them past the challenge of Westport United. The sides went in level at the break after Brandon Scahill equalised for Westport after Dylan Edwards had given Mick Duffy’s side the lead. In the second half Ballina up their performance levels and Dylan McKee had them well in control midway through the half as he scored twice. Mark Birrane then made it 4-1 before Mikey O’Brien pulled a goal back for John Russell’s side. Ballina though wrapped up the tie as Edwards added his second of the day in injury time to restore Ballina’s three goal lead.

The game of the night took place at Concannon Park as Castlebar Celtic came from 3-0 down to make it through to the final after a penalty shootout win over Claremorris. Claremorris looked odds on to make the final as they raced into a three goal lead within the opening twenty minutes as Celtic struggled to get to grips with their dynamic attack. Ronan Commons, Danny Broderick and Oisin Brady had Claremorris in control but it was at this stage that Celtic finally got to grips with the game and Ger O’Boyle was instrumental in the comeback as he had reduced their arrears to just one goal by half time as he pulled one goal back almost immediately and added a second eight minutes later. O’Boyle then completed his hat-trick five minutes after the break to bring the sides level and it remained this way until Jason Hunt put Celtic in front in extra time. Just when it looked like Celtic had done enough Claremorris equalised through Finian Brady with two minutes of extra time remaining and the tie had to be settled with a penalty shootout. Celtic were the ones celebrating at the end as they came through on a 5-3 scoreline to set up a repeat of last years Connacht Gold Super Cup Final where they lost to Ballina Town.

Connacht Gold Premier Cup
Snugboro United
reached their second cup final of the season as they recorded a 4-2 win over Manulla B to make it seventeen wins on the trot. Kevin Curry got his side off to the perfect start as he scored after only five minutes and Curry made it 2-0 after twenty minutes when he scored a brilliant lob from all of 40 yards. Jason Ormsby then made it 3-0 on forty-four minutes and Norbert Karol then made the game safe for Aaron Curry’s side with their fourth goal a minute later. Manulla B did pull two goals back in the second half but it was Snugboro who progressed to the final for a second year in a row.

Ballyhaunis Town set up a Connacht Gold Premier Cup Final with fellow Premier League high flyers Snugboro United after a 4-1 win over Castlebar Celtic B in Celtic Park. After a goalless first half it took Ballyhaunis less than five minutes to take the lead as Dayo Adex finished expertly from inside the area. Adex made it two shortly after and the game looked over when Celtic player manager Bryan Mannion was sent off for a second bookable offence. Celtic though fought back and cut the Ballyhaunis lead in half when Michael Maughan struck a brilliant freekick on seventy five minutes. The next goal was always going to be very important and it went the way of Ballyhaunis as a Celtic defender chipped his own keeper to score an unfortunate own goal. Adex then wrapped up his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box.