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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 4

28/11/19

Conn Rangers Masters League Team 19/20

Week four of the Mayo Masters League produced another action packed seven games, with goals, saves and drama aplenty to keep spectators excited and engaged.

Conn Rangers picked up their first win of the season, producing a determined and spirited performance to defeat a gallant Swinford in the opening game of Division Two. The first half was a tame affair, as both sides took time to get going, with Swinford leading 1-0 at the break thanks to an Eoin Gallagher goal. However, Conn Rangers rallied in the second half, with goals from Eanna McHale (2), John Clarke, Shane Sweeney and Eddie O’ Hora securing a 5-4 win. Enda Campbell (2) and David Golden rounded off the scoring for Swinford.

Ballina Town picked up their second win in a row, defeating Fahy Rovers 8-4, with the result creating two leagues within one league in Division One, with the top four now five points clear of the bottom three, consisting of Fahy, Swinford ‘B’ and Straide and Foxford United. Cormac O’ Malley and Eamonn Cawley were both in fine form for ‘The Town’ bagging a hat trick each, with former Mayo League Footballer of the Year Tom O’ Connor scoring a brace. For Fahy, Tommy Conroy, Larry Joyce, Conor Ryan and Colin Napier were on the score sheet.

Claremorris ‘B’ stay within striking distance of the top two in Divison Two, after they summoned Manulla ‘B’ to their fourth defeat in four, thanks to a 7-2 win. While the game was only 3-2 at the interval, a dominant Claremorris ‘B’ side pulled away in the second half, adding four unanswered goals to their three in the first half. Brendan Vahey (3), Niall Kitching, Christy Heffernan, Paul Ryan and Kevin Duggan were on target for the victors, with Mick Cuffe and Alan Rumley finding the target for Manulla ‘B’.

Manulla moved to the top of Division One, albeit with Westport United having a game in hand, as they overcame Swinford ‘B’ 7-3 in Division One’s second game of the evening. John ‘Bird’ Kelly continues to inspire those around him with his work rate and endeavour, and he bagged a hat trick to go along with goals from Malachy Byrne, David Sheridan, James Cunningham and Roger Clarke. For Swinford ‘B’, Patrick McDonnell found the net twice, with Johnny McNulty also on target.

Achill Rovers impressive performance sees them climb to the summit in Division Two, as they secured their third win from four, thanks to a hard fought 4-2 win over Kiltimagh/Knock United. In a tense and competitive encounter between two evenly matched sides, Mark Davitt proved to be the difference over the 50 minutes, as he kept up his impressive early season form, by banging in a hat trick, with Martin Keane also on target for Rovers. For KKU, who slip to third in a closely fought race, Colm Kelly and Gavin Groarke were on target.

Claremorris and Straide and Foxford United played out an 11 goal thriller on Wednesday night, with the boys in green coming out on top with a 6-5 win, maintaining their unbeaten record in the process. Padraig Ring scored an impressive hat trick, with Conor O’ Keefe, Dermot Costello and the inspirational David Grant rounding off the scoring for Claremorris. Straide and Foxford United had goals from Stephen Gallagher (2), Chris Moore, John O’ Hora and the extremely impressive Andy Neary.

Ballyhaunis Town had an evening to remember, as they romped to a 12-1 victory over Castlebar Celtic in the final game of Division Two. The win sees the East Mayo side move to second place in the table, and despite the fact that Ashley Stevenson put Celtic in front early on, once Paul Finn equalised, Ballyhaunis never looked back. Finn was the star of the show, adding three more goals to his early equaliser, with further goals coming from Martin Conlon (3), Pat Magee (2), Karl Lyones, Jason Power and Lorcan Higgins, on a famous night for the Town.

Player of the Day: Paul Finn....silky smooth skills and clinical finishing led Ballyhaunis to a massive win.

Goal of the Day: Tom O’ Connor showed wonderful vision to spot Fahy Rovers’ goalkeeper Paul Walsh off his line, before executing his lob with aplomb.

Goalkeeper of the Day: Declan Sweeney was solid as a rock between the sticks for Conn Rangers, as his side got their first win of the season.

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