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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 7


Castlebar Celtic Masters Team 2019/20

The curtain came down on the Mayo Masters League for 2019, as the over 35’s of the fifteen teams in this year’s league take a well earned three week sabbatical before play resumes in January

Westport United look to have one hand on the Division One crown, with a five point gap opened up on second place in Claremorris, while in Division Two, it will take a mammoth effort to prevent Achill Rovers and Kiltimagh/Knock United from progressing up the divisions, with both sides battling it out to see who can clinch top spot.

Castlebar Celtic sealed their second win in a row to finish the year in third spot, as they overcame a determined Swinford side 5-3 in the opening game of Division Two. Eamonn Crean netted a hat trick for the hoops, with Ashley Stevenson and Declan Flynn rounding off the scoring. For Swinford, Ronan Connelly bagged a brace, with Enda Campbell also on the score sheet.

Ballina Town held their nerve late on to record an impressive 7-5 win over Manulla, as they leapfrogged their opposition into third place. The Town have displayed some scintillating attacking football throughout the first half of the season, second only to runaway leaders Westport in the goals scored column. Malachy McCarron and Derick Tansey scored two each, with Cormac O’ Malley, Eamonn Cawley and Tom O’ Connor also on target. Manulla, who will be looking to move up the gears upon the restart, had goals from Malachy Byrne (2) and Kevin Mannion (2) and Gary Dillon.

Achill Rovers are one of only two undefeated sides in the league, and they kept up their impressive form with a 9-2 demolition of Ballyhaunis Town on Wednesday evening. The former FAI Club of the Year now have six wins from seven, and stay six points clear of third place. Their goal scorers on the night were Martin Keane (2), Manus O’ Donnell (2), Mark Davitt (2), Martin Moran, Alfie Fee and an own goal, while Paul Finn scored twice for Ballyhaunis Town.

The top two in Division One went head to head in a mouth watering clash, as Westport United took on the most realistic challengers to their throne, Claremorris. While the South Mayo side held a 2-1 lead for a large part of the first half, a late flurry of goals just before the interval from the seasoned Westport side proved to be the difference, as they controlled the second half before sealing a 5-2 win. Dave Hoban (2), Mark McNally, Martin Geraghty and a sweet Vinny O’ Malley strike done the damage, with the ever impressive David Grant scoring twice for Claremorris.

Kiltimagh/Knock United
show no signs of slowing down in Division Two, as they remained one point off top spot, thanks to a clinical display which led to a 6-1 win over Manulla B. Their third win in a row leaves them in an excellent position heading into the second half of the season, with a five point gap between themselves and Castlebar Celtic. Kieran Jennings, Gavin Groarke, Colm Kelly, Brian Flatley, Jerome Hunt and Damien Gallagher were all on target for KKU, with Michael Cuffe bagging Manulla B’s solitary reply.

Lonan O’ Farrell produced one of the finest individual performances seen in Masters Football for some time, as he inspired his Straide and Foxford United side to a vital three points, and their first win of the season, with a 6-4 win over Swinford B on Wednesday night. Amazingly, O’ Farrell scored all six goals for S and F, helping himself to more than one screamer along the way. For Swinford B, still searching for their maiden three points, Paul Kenny scored twice, with Keith Robinson and Patrick McDonnell also on the score sheet.

Claremorris B and Conn Rangers played us out with a six goal thriller and a share of the spoils the fairest result in a pulsating 3-3 draw. Niall Kitching, Christy Heffernan and Brendan Vahey were on target for Claremorris B, with Conn Rangers’ goals coming from Liam McHale, Aiden McLoughlin and Eanna McHale.

Player of the Day: Only one winner here – Lonan O’ Farrell’s performance speaks for itself.

Goal of the Day: Colm Kelly’s half volley from distance almost took the net off, in KKU’s comfortable win over Manulla B.

Goalkeeper of the Day: Stephen Murphy produced a couple of crucial saves in Castlebar Celtic’s hard fought win over Swinford.

Third Eye: The sight of 2018 Mayo League Footballer of the Year Derick Tansey lining out for Ballina Town’s Masters will surely send shivers throughout the rest of the division. 

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