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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 14

22/02/20

Westport United - Westaro Masters Division 1 Champions 2019/20

The curtain came down on another successful Mayo Masters League campaign on Wednesday night, as the thrills, spills and drama of the past 13 weeks culminated in an enthralling final round of fixtures.

Kiltimagh/Knock United entered their final game of Division Two against Manulla B knowing that they needed all three points if they were to have any chance of promotion, given that they started the evening two behinds Achill Rovers, who were sitting pretty in second place. Despite a poor opening, where Manulla B went 4-0 up inside 20 minutes, KKU showed character and desire to recover and eventually win the tie 7-5, with goals coming from Rober Walsh (2), Damien Gallagher (2), Declan Corless, Jerome Hunt and Andy Leadbetter. Colin Walsh netted a hat trick for Manulla B, with Michael Cuffe and Keith Bourke also on target.

Ballina Town concluded their impressive season with the ruthless execution of Manulla, who finish in fourth place following a somewhat inconsistent season. The Town have produced some excellent displays over the course of the season, and are a match for any side when they have a full complement of players, which could make for an exciting cup campaign. Tom O’ Connor (5), Malachy McCarron (3), Mark Beattie (2), Eamon Cawley (2) and Cormac O’ Malley found the net for the Town. For Manulla, their new Super League manager Roger Clarke (2), Chris Moore and Gary Dillon were on target.

Castlebar Celtic secured the three points they needed to go up as champions of Division Two, as their 10-4 win over Swinford left them top of the pile at the end of proceedings on Wednesday night. Celtic entered the tie two points ahead of Achill, and knew a win would mean silverware as they return to Division One at the first time of asking. Ashley Stevenson’s rich vein of goal scoring form has been pivotal to Celtic’s surge up the table, and he scored another five on the night, along with goals from Peter Burke (2), Declan Flynn (2) and Captain Stephen ‘Jynxny’ Jennings. Eoin Gallagher scored two for Swinford, along with an Eddie Moore strike and an own goal.

Despite already being crowned champions of Division One, Westport United succumbed to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Claremorris, in one of the most thrilling, yet topsy turvy ties of the season. At half time, the score line read a barely believable 7-1 to Claremorris, who, despite having to deal with the mother of all fight backs from Westport in the second half, held on for an excellent 9-7 victory. Padraig Ring (3), Dermot Costello (2), Conor Groarke, Michael Mullins, Conor O’ Keefe and James Cullinane found the net for Claremorris, who have had another excellent season, with David Hoban (4), Mark McNally (2) and Vinny O’ Malley on target for Westport United.

Achill Rovers took care of business in their tie against Ballyhaunis Town, securing the three points they needed to leapfrog Kiltimagh/Knock United back into second place, and in the process confirm their promotion to Division One for next season. Achill were made to work extremely hard for this one against a spirited Ballyhaunis Town side, and had a few nervy moments, before holding on for a valuable 4-3 win. Brian Gallagher (2), Manus O’ Donnell and Kris Jablonski got the goals for victors, with AP Kelly (2) and Kevin Shannon on target for Ballyhaunis.

Swinford B finished off their season with an impressive victory over Straide and Foxford United, finishing the game as 7-3 victors after an entertaining tie between the sides. Paul Kenny scored three outstanding goals for the victors, with further strikes coming from Johnny McNulty (2) and the prolific Keith Robinson (2). John O’ Hora bagged a brace for Straide and Foxford United, including one superb strike from distance, with Stephen Gallagher also on target.

Conn Rangers rounded off the season’s league action with a 6-3 victory over Claremorris B, which in turn secured fourth place for the North Mayo men. Trevor Warde (2), Eanna McHale, John Clarke, Liam McHale and Brian McHale were on target for the eventual winners, while John Connolly (2) and Brendan Vahey found the net for Claremorris B, who finished the season in sixth place.

Castlebar Celtic - Westaro Masters Division 2 Champions 2019/20

Player of the Day: Peter Burke was the catalyst for a superb team performance from Castlebar Celtic, as they secured the Division Two title.

Goal of the Day: Chris Moore’s produced a wonderful dink which ozzed class for Manulla against Ballina Town.

Goalkeeper of the Day: Thomas Regan was inspirational for Swinford B, as they finished the season with an excellent win over Straide and Foxford United.

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