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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 5

05/12/19

In week five of the Mayo Masters League, Westport United regained top spot in Division One, while Achill Rovers continued their fine form and continue to be the pace setters at the top of Div 2

Kiltimagh/Knock United stay within touching distance of Achill Rovers at the top, as they kicked off proceedings by comfortably dispatching of Castlebar Celtic, thanks to an impressive 8-3 win. KKU are the second team in a week to capitalise on a wide open Celtic rearguard, and their goals came from Andy Leadbetter (2), Kieran Jennings (2), Gavin Groarke, Anthony Coyle, Damien Gallagher and Robert Walsh. Declan Lavelle, Declan Flynn and Eoin Carney were on the score sheet for Celtic.

Westport United and Manulla locked horns in the opening game of Division One; with reigning champions Westport knowing three points would leave them two points clear of Manulla, with a game in hand. And despite a spirited performance from Manulla, it was the men in red and black who eventually secured the three points, winning 5-2 courtesy of a clinical second half display. Dave Cameron was the star of the show, scoring a hat trick, with Mark McNally and Martin Geraghty also on target. Gary Dillon and James Cunningham found the net for Manulla.

Achill Rovers were in superb goal scoring form on Wednesday night, as they showed no mercy, defeating Swinford 12-2. The West Mayo men now have 28 goals in just five games, and look like a side who are staging a serious push for silverware and promotion. The towering Martin Keane helped himself to four goals, with Mark Davitt (2), Mark Doolan (2), Martin Moran, Manus O’ Donnell, Tommie Joyce and Brian Gallagher rounding off the scoring. Robert Purdy and Dom O’ Donoghue found the net for Swinford.

Claremorris and Fahy Rovers played out a five goal thriller in the second game in Division One. Despite going toe to toe for the majority of the tie, it was eventually Claremorris who came away with the maximum points, with a late James Cullinane strike securing a 3-2 win, as the South Mayo men keep pace with Westport United and Manulla. David Grant and Dermott Costello had twice given Claremorris the lead, with Guillaume Vaidie and Tommy Gill doing their best to keep Fahy in the tie, with their goals.

Ballyhaunis Town and Claremorris B shared the spoils in an exciting encounter in Division Two, with a tense and tight affair finishing 3-3. Claremorris B held the lead three times, thanks to goals from Ger Slattery (2) and Kevin Duggan. However, Ballyhaunis never say die attitude and spirit has been well noted in the opening stages of the league, and this was prevalent as they equalised three times to secure a point, with goals coming from Pat Magee, Aiden Paul Kelly and Martin Conlon.

Ballina Town picked up their third win in a row, as they produced another clinical display to defeat Swinford B 8-4. Tom O’ Connor has been one of the top players in the league thus far, and he continued his fine form by netting an impressive hat trick, with Eamonn Kenny (2), Malachy McCarron, Damien Dempsey and Kieran O’ Malley also on target for the Town. Keith Robertson scored a hat trick for Swinford B, with Patrick McDonnell also on target. 

Manulla B and Conn Rangers shared both the points, and ten goals, as they finished the night with an exhilarating 5-5 draw. Conn Rangers took an early two goal lead, but a well marshalled Manulla eventually went into a 5-3 lead, before a late surge from Rangers secured the draw. For Manulla, the Cuffe brothers, Michael and Paraic, bagged a brace each, with the energetic Keith Bourke also on target. Eanna McHale scored a hat trick for Conn Rangers, with Mark McHale and Brian McHale also on target.

Player of the Day: Dave Cameron....inspired Westport United to an important three points, thanks to his selfless defensive work and clinical finishing. 

Goal of the Day: Gary Dillon hit a wonderful free kick for Manulla against Westport United, one which most ‘keepers in the county would struggle to keep out of the net. 

Goalkeeper of the Day: Despite a late concession, Fahy Rovers’ Paul Walsh produced a string of impressive saves for his side.

Third Eye: It’s always a treat when a goalkeeper scores, and this was no different when Kieran O’ Malley found the net for Ballina Town, with a superb strike from inside his own box which flew into the top corner.

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