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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 13

16/02/20

Castlebar Celtic Masters Team 2019/20

There were double celebrations in Solar 21 Park on Wednesday night, with wins for Westport United and Castlebar Celtic securing respective title wins and promotion.

Westport’s win over second place Ballina Town confirmed the three points they needed to claim back to back titles, while Celtic’s win over Claremorris B means that they bounce back into Division One at the first time of asking.

Castlebar Celtic headed into their tie with Claremorris B knowing that any potential slip up could be pounced upon by the chasing pack of Achill Rovers and Kiltimagh/Knock United. However, their promotion destiny was in their own hands, with three points securing their passage back to Division One. They produced a ruthless, clinical performance with goals from Ashley Stevenson (4), Brian Thompson (2), Eoin Carney, Stephen Jennings and Peter Burke leading them to a comfortable win. For Claremorris B, Carlos O’ Gara (3), Brendan Vahey and John Connolly were on target.

Fahy Rovers took a huge step towards survival in Division One, as they defeated relegation rivals Straide and Foxford United 8-3 on Wednesday night. While the score line suggests that this was a comfortable win for Fahy, it was far from that, as they required some outstanding goalkeeping fro Paul Walsh, who inspired his side to victory. Tommy Gill (3), Declan Kelly (2), Larry Joyce, Colin Napier and Guillaume Viadie were on the score sheet for the victors, with John O’ Hara (2) and Andy Neary finding the net for Straide and Foxford United. The win leaves Fahy Rovers five points clear of their opponents, having played all of their games, with Straide and Foxford having two games remaining, against Swinford B and Westport United respectively.

Achill Rovers are one win away from dining at the top table next season, as their win over Manulla B leaves them two points clear of Kiltimagh/Knock United in second place, with just one game remaining. Their 11-5 win was greeted with relief and delight at the end of the tie, with goals coming from Mark Davitt (4), Brian Gallagher (3), Manus O’ Donnell, Martin Moran, Michael O’ Hara and Ray McNamara. Alan Rumley and Michael Cuffe bagged a brace each for Manulla B, with Keith Bourke also on the score sheet.

Swinford B and Claremorris played out a cracking 17 goal thriller, with the South Mayo side coming out on top, 9-8 in the end of an enthralling encounter. The win for Claremorris secures a top three finish for them, while it also consigned Swinford B to relegation, which is extremely tough on a side who have been competitive in every single one of their fixtures this season. For Claremorris, Padraig Ring (4), Conor Groarke (2), Dermot Costello, Micky Mullins and Jarlath Vahey were on target, while Keith Robinson (4), Johnny McNulty, Paul Kenny, Brian Kelleher and Jakub Gawalkiewicz found the net for Swinford B.

Ballyhaunis Town and Conn Rangers had to settle for a share of the spoils, with a 3-3 draw the conclusion to this entertaining tie. With both sides content with their mid table finishes for the season, a draw was certainly the fairest result, with some excellent play existent from at either end. Trevor Warde, Eanna McHale and Mark McHale found the net for Rangers, with Pat McGee, Paul Finn and an own goal on target for Ballyhaunis.

Westport United’s tenth win from ten confirmed back to back titles for the red and black, as they defeated an under strength Ballina Town side 5-3. Dave Hoban came up with two more important goals for his side, like he so often has, with Mark McNally, Austin O’ Malley and Danny Scahill adding the goals and confirmed the win. Eamonn Cawley, Tom O’ Connor and Aidan O’ Hora found the net for The Town, who will now regroup ahead of the Cup, which is something they can definitely set their sights on having a crack at.

Kiltimagh/Knock United have kept their promotion hopes alive, but will be relying on other results if they are to leapfrog Achill Rovers into second place on the final day. Goals from Damien Gallagher, Jerome Hunt and Colm Kelly led them to a comfortable 3-0 win over Swinford on Wednesday night. They will face Manulla B in the final round of the season, needing a win and hoping that Ballyhaunis Town can cause an upset against Achill Rovers later on in the evening.

Player of the Day: Mark Davitt was once again a key figure for Achill Rovers in their important win over Manulla B.

Goal of the Day: Tommy Gill’s half volley for Fahy Rovers was sweet as a nut.

Goalkeeper of the Day: Paul Walsh was outstanding between the sticks for Fahy Rovers, making a double save late in the game that will live long in the memory.

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