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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 2


Kiltimagh/Knock United Masters League Team 19/20

The bitterly cold edge was taken off a wet Wednesday evening by the red hot finishing of participants in the Mayo Masters League, with 61 goals shared in the seven games at Solar 21 Park

Kiltimagh/Knock United secured their second win in as many games in Division Two, as they held off a late fight back from Claremorris ‘B’ to win 4-2. James Carty was in fine form for the victors, scoring a splendid hat trick, with the ever clinical Andy Leadbetter also on target. Jason Connolly and Brendan Vahey were on the score sheet for Claremorris ‘B’, who managed to wrestle their way back to 3-2 with seven minutes remaining, before Carty’s third goal of the evening confirmed victory for KKU.

Manulla picked up their first win to jump to second in the table, with a comfortable 5-1 win over Straide and Foxford United. While the score line may flatter the victors, they were full value for the three points, with goals coming from John Kelly (two), Gary Dillon, James Cunningham and Roger Clarke. Stephen Gallagher was responsible for Straide and Foxford’s solitary reply, early in the second half.

Ballyhaunis Town produced a fine display in their 4-2 victory over Swinford, as they pick up their first three points since returning to the Masters League. AP Kelly, Martin Conlon, Karl Lyons and the classy Paul Finn were on the score sheet for Ballyhaunis, with Nigel Quinn and Robert Purdy responding for Swinford.

Reigning champions Westport United are most certainly the team to beat again this season, as their star studded outfit cruised to a 7-1 win over neighbours Fahy Rovers in Division One’s second game of the evening. Vinny O’ Malley, David Hoban and Mark McNally bagged a brace each, with Danny Scahill also on target, while Tommy Conroy scored for Fahy Rovers.

Achill Rovers are two from two so far in Division Two this season, with another excellent performance securing a 4-3 win over Conn Rangers in a competitive and pulsating tie. The sides went back and forth throughout the tie, before Mark Davitt’s late winner separated the sides at the death. Davitt bagged two for Achill, with Ray McNamara and Manus O’ Donnell also on target. For Conn Rangers, Shane Sweeney scored twice, with Eanna McHale adding the third.

If any side could challenge Westport United in Division One, an energetic and mobile Claremorris side are sure to be up there. They moved on to four points from two games on their return to the top table, thanks to a 6-4 win over Ballina Town. The victors raced into and early five goal lead, but a spirited comeback from a proud Ballina side made Claremorris work for their three points over the course of the 50 minutes. Padraig Ring (three), Dermott Costello, Conor O’ Keefe and a marvellous David Grant finish hit the net for south Mayo men, with Mark Beattie, Eamonn Cawley, Malachy McCarron and Tom O’ Connor scoring for Ballina Town.

Manulla ‘B’ and Castlebar Celtic shared just the 20 goals between them in the final game of the night, with Celtic coming out 11-9 winners in a kamikaze tie in Division Two. Stephen ‘Jynxy’ Jennings scored six for Celtic, with Declan Lavelle (three), Kevin Malone and Eamonn Crean putting the icing on the cake. For Manulla ‘B’, Michael Cuffe (three), Keith Bourke (two), Sean Burke, Derek Duffy, Colin Walsh and Stephen Costello were on target.

Player of the Day: Vinny O’ Malley’s velvet touches and moments of magic were a joy to behold on Wednesday evening.

Goal of the Day: Quite a few contenders, but David Grant’s superb solo goal for Claremorris gets the nod.

Goalkeeper of the Day: Achill Rovers’ Colm Cafferkey inspired his side to an excellent win over Conn Rangers.

Third Eye: As if Westport weren’t already stacked with talent, Wednesday evening saw the Masters debut of multiple Super League and FAI Junior Cup winner Shaun Tagg, who still anchors the defence of Mickey Fenney’s first team.

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