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Westaro Masters League Review - Week 8

10/01/20

Manulla B Masters League Team 19/20

Claremorris closed the gap at the top of Division 1 as Westport United had a night off while Achill Rovers maintained their lead at the top of Division 2

The return of the dominating lights of Solar 21 Park on a Wednesday night, along with the excitement and joy despite the crisp, chilling air could mean one thing and one thing only; it was time for the masters players of Mayo to whip out the new boots that arrived on the morning of December 25 and head for Solar 21 Park in Castlebar as we head towards the business end of the season.

The East Mayo derby between Ballyhaunis Town and Kiltimagh/Knock United kicked off the action in Division Two, and it was KKU who secured their fourth win in a row, thanks to a resounding 5-1 win. Andy Leadbetter and James Carty both bagged a brace each for the victors, with Damien Gallagher also on the score sheet. Damien Matthews found the net for Ballyhaunis Town.

Castlebar Celtic cemented their hold on third place in Division Two, after a commanding second half display saw them run out 8-2 winners against Conn Rangers. Goal scorers on the night for the Hoops were; Kevin Malone (3), Ashley Stevenson, Marty McNicholas, Eoin Carney, Eamonn Crean and Stephen ‘Jynxy’ Jennings. Trevor Warde and Shane Sweeney goals had Conn Rangers level at the interval, before Celtic pulled away in the second half.

Fahy Rovers put clear daylight between themselves and the drop zone in Division One, as put in their most impressive display of the season in their 8-3 win over Swinford ‘B’. Tommy Gill and Colin Napier inspired this victory for Fahy, with Gill bagging four goals and Napier helping himself to a hat trick. Guillaume Vaidie was also on target for the victors, with Tim Moriarty, Keith Robinson and Brian Kelleher on the score sheet for Swinford ‘B’.

Achill Rovers picked up where they left off in 2019, as they secured all three points thanks to an emphatic 7-1 victory over Claremorris ‘B’. The win sees the West Mayo men stay a point clear at the top of the Division Two table, and adds continued momentum to an already well oiled machine. Achill’s goal scorers on the evening were Tommie Joyce (2), Ray McNamara, Manus O’ Donnell, Martin Moran, Mark Davitt and Brian Gallagher. John Connolly found the net for Claremorris ‘B’.

Another energetic display from a dynamic Claremorris side strengthened their grip on second place, as they defeated Manulla 8-1 in Division One’s final game of the night. Mickey Mullins and Conor O’ Keefe both bagged a brace each for the victors, with the impressive Conor Groarke, Dermott Costello, Michael Mullee and James Cullinane rounding off the scoring. John Kelly rustled up Manulla’s solitary response.

Manulla ‘B’ began 2020 with a bang, thanks to a resounding victory over Swinford, which secured their first win of the season, and in doing so, leapfrogged themselves above Wednesday night’s opposition and into seventh place. Alan Rumley, Mick Cuffe and Keith Bourke all scored two apiece, with further goals coming from Jason Flynn and Colin Walsh. Enda Campbell, David Golden and Robert Purdy were on target for Swinford.

Player of the Day: Conor Groarke pulled the strings for Claremorris in their big win over Manulla.

Goal of the Day: Damien Gallagher’s fine strike for Kiltimagh/Knock United in the opening game of the night was the pick of the bunch.

Goalkeeper of the Day: Mick Kilgallon made a string of impressive and equally important saves for Manulla ‘B’, as they defeated Swinford.

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