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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 11

31/01/20

Swinford A Masters Team 19/20

Castlebar Celtic take over at the top of Division 2 while Ballina Town moved to within three points of Westport United at the top of Division One

Castlebar Celtic have moved to the top of the Division Two table, after their emphatic win over Ballyhaunis Town propelled them ahead of Achill Rovers and Kiltimagh/Knock United, who could only manage to draw with each other. With only three games remaining, the promotion race is as exciting and tense as could be imaginable, and is sure to lead to a blockbuster final three weeks of the season. Celtic's goal scorers on the night were Ashley Stevenson (6), Brian Thompson, Eamon Crean, Kevin Malone, Stephen Jennings, Amro Elabbas and an own goal, with Pat McGee finding the net for Ballyhaunis.

Claremorris picked up all three points against a determined Straide and Foxford United side, as they stay in touch with second place Ballina Town and continue their impressive season back in Division One. The final score finished 5-3 to the South Mayo side, with goals coming from Conor O' Groarke (3), Padraig Ring and James Cullinane. Micheal Smyth, Stephen Gallagher and Mick Prendergast found the net for Straide and Foxford United, who continue to battle for survival.

Manulla B produced an excellent display in their 5-2 win over Claremorris B. The win was Manulla B's second of the season, and sees them stay off the bottom of the table and close the gap to the sides above them. Alan Rumley and Darragh Lyons bagged a brace each, with Mick Cuffe continuing his fine goal scoring form with the fifth. Ger Slattery and Kevin Duggan were on target for Claremorris B.

Ballina Town secured their seventh win out of nine in Division One, thanks to a clinical 7-2 win over Fahy Rovers on Wednesday evening. Former Mayo League Football of the Year Tom O' Connor scored an impressive hat trick, with further goals coming from Mick Duffy, Eamonn Cawley, Damien Dempsey and Mark Beattie. Tommy Gill and Colin Napier were on target for Fahy Rovers.

The promotion race in Divison Two took centre stage as Achill Rovers and Kiltimagh/Knock United went head to head in what turned out to be an enthralling tie between the title contenders. The 4-4 draw ended up suiting neither, with both sides chasing the three points that would leave them one step ahead of the chasing pack. As it happens, Celtic are top on 25 points, with KKU in second on 24 and Achill Rovers on 23, which will leave an exciting final three rounds. For Achill, Ray McNamara (2), Martin Moran and Mark Davitt found the net, with James Carty (2), Robert Walsh and Jerome Hunt on target for KKU.

Manulla ensured that they stay in touch with the top three in Division One, thanks to a 5-3 win over Swinford B in a competitive and tense affair between two evenly matched sides on the evening. Mick Cuffe and new Chris Moore both scored two each for Manulla, with David Sheridan also scoring at a vital stage of the game. For Swinford B, Brian Kelleher, Keith Robinson and Paul Kenny scored three first half goals, as Manulla eventually pulled away in the second half.

Swinford rounded off the night with a 3-1 win over Conn Rangers, as they secured their second win of the season with an energetic and efficient performance. Pawel Staranowicz scored a brace for the eventual victors, with David Golden adding the third. Trevor Ward found the net for Conn Rangers.

Player of the Day: Ashley Stevenson produced some moments of class as he scored six goals for Celtic in their important win over Ballyhaunis.
Goal of the Day: Paul Kenny's superb free kick from distance for Swinford B was as impressive as it was emphatic.
Goalkeeper of the Day: Mick Kilgallon made a string of impressive saves for Manulla B in their win over Claremorris B.

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