News Report

News Report

Weekend Preview 19th/20th September


Newport/Mulranny Wanderers take on Moy Villa in a top of the table clash in League One as Ballina Town and Westport United look to extend their unbeaten start at the top of the Super League

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Westport United v Glenhest Rovers (Sat 5.30pm)
Westport United put their Connacht Cup Final defeat behind them last weekend with a 2-0 win in Ballyglass as they kept up their 100% start to the league season. With fellow league leaders Ballina Town to come next weekend Mickey Feeney’s side will be looking to make sure they go into that game level with the North Mayo side. Their strength in dept has been key to their success so far this season with Feeney now having a strong panel to call on no matter who the opponents are. Glenhest will probably be happy enough with their start to the season as they sit just above the relegation zone but they will also know they will need to start to pick up a few more points if they are to avoid a relegation battle come the end of November. 

Ballyheane v Castlebar Celtic (Sat 5.30pm)
After successive defeats Castlebar’s Celtic title hopes hang by a thread and the last thing they need is a trip to local rivals Ballyheane as they attempt to get back to winning ways. Celtic just don’t look like the side they were last season and with so many changes to the squad Michael McNicholas seems to have a rebuilding job on his hands. Even the addition of Neil Douglas made little difference in their defeat to Manulla last weekend but his integration into the squad is sure to have a positive impact in the weeks ahead. On the other hand Ballyheane have picked up two wins in a row with successive wins over Ballyhaunis Town and Swinford. They are now looking towards a top half finish and with Ballyglass and Glenhest to come in their next two games they will feel that this is a realistic aim.

Ballyhaunis Town v Swinford (Sun 11am)

The two sides in the relegation spots in the Super League meet on Sunday morning when Ballyhaunis Town host Swinford at Station Rise. Swinford head into this game still looking for their first win of the season but if they can turn some the fortunes around they can move off the bottom of the table with a win over Ballyhaunis who lie just two points ahead of them. Liam Foy’s side have been very competitive in the majority of their games this season but their lack of a goalscoring threat has been their undoing in those games. James Devaney’s return from injury seen him get twenty minutes of the bench last weekend and Foy will be tempted to recall him to the starting eleven this weekend. Ballyhaunis may have got a win over Manulla recently but their defensive fragilities have been exposed in recent weeks as they conceded ten goals in the defeats to Ballyheane and Claremorris. Just like Swinford they are finding goals hard to come by and look like they will be in a relegation fight just like they were last season.

Claremorris v Ballina Town (Sun 2.30pm)

Ballina Town will look to extend their winning start to the season on Sunday when they travel to Concannon Park to take on Claremorris. Claremorris looked in trouble when they found themselves two goals down at half time last weekend against Ballyhaunis Town but a brilliant second half display seen them earn their second win of the season. Ballina look to be in unstoppable form as Brendan Lavelle leads the scoring charts with thirteen goals while the like of Fabiano, Duane Helly and Jamie Cawley look to have rediscovered the brilliant form they showed two years ago.

Manulla v Ballyglass (Sun 2.30pm)
Manulla remained in the title race as an excellent first half performance seen them pick up an important win in Celtic Park last Sunday. Gerry Canavan, Aiden Dunleavy and Lorcan Conroy were on target in that win but the defensive display they put in was also noteworthy as they kept Celtic at bay for most of the game. This weekend they welcome Ballyglass to Carramore as the local rivals meet for the first time this season. Ballyglass were tipped to struggle this season and other than a heavy defeat to Ballina Town a few weeks ago they have been very competitive even against the stronger sides in the division. Ballyglass have played all of the sides ahead of them in the table and a result here will set them up nicely for a run at finishing in the top half of the table with Glenhest Rovers, Ballyhaunis Town and Swinford to come in their final three games before the split in the division. 

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Fahy Rovers v Conn Rangers (Sat 5.30pm)

Conn Rangers perfect start to the season came to a halt last weekend as Conor Sherry hit the only goal in their defeat to Straide & Foxford United. On Saturday they travel to Fahy who never make life easy for anyone that travels to their new home. Rangers lack of goals is sure to be of huge concern to Nigel Reape and his management team especially the from star of striker Eoin Prendergast who has only hit the net on one occasion so far this season. They have a really settled defence in place and if they can get it right at the other end of the pitch, they will have little problems getting back to winning ways. Fahy Rovers are in a familiar place as they have been for the last few seasons as they float around the bottom of the table but with a shorter season they will no that the relegation battle will be much closer this year. Simon Duffy has yet to hit the form he showed last season and even though they seem to have a solid enough defence they like most sides in relegation trouble are finding it tough to take their chances with a lack of quality in the final third of the pitch.

Snugboro United v Straide & Foxford United (Sat 5.30pm)
Snugboro United’s quest for their first league win continues on Saturday evening when an inform Straide & Foxford United side visit Edward Conway Park. Aaron Curry has used a lot of players so far this season and the lack of a settled team has seen their performances drop of late. Just like last season they are struggling for goals as they are still to replace the goals Sean Curry brought to the team as they won three promotions in a row. Straide & Foxford have now settled into life in the Premier Division and last weekend’s win over league leaders Conn Rangers has moved them right back into the hunt for promotion. Aiden Flatley moved Chris Downey to centre back for the last two games and his experience has led to a change of fortunes for their defence while John O’Hara and Michael Guilfoyle are in good form further up the pitch.

Ballina Town B v Westport United B (Sun 11am)
Current Premier Division champions Ballina Town looked like they would have a fight at the other end of the table before last weekend’s big win over Snugboro United but they will know be looking up the table as they put their three game losing streak behind them. This weekend they face Westport United B in Belleek and a win here would see them move level on points with the Covies. Ryan Moran’s return to the club is a big positive for the North Mayo side and he made a scoring return in that win over Snugboro. Westport themselves have their sights on the three teams ahead of them in the table and will look to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Kiltimagh/Knock United. Their mix of youth and experience has seen them settle into life at his level after promotion from League One last season and players like Dylan Duane are sure to be on the radar of first team manager Mickey Feeney. 

Iorras Aontaithe v Manulla B (Sun 11am)
Iorras Aontaithe got themselves back into the title race with a 4-2 win in Killala last weekend and they will be expected to pick up another three points this Sunday when Manulla B travel to Carne Nash. Even though they are yet to keep a clean sheet they are having no problems scoring at the other end and with Jason Boylan now added to their strike force they have plenty pace and power to call upon especially with Dylan Walker also hitting top form. Manulla B are hovering just above the relegation zone as Mossy Lally’s side are finding it hard to replicate the form that seen them achieve a comfortable midtable finish last year. Their only league win came on the opening day of the season away to Killala and their lack of firepower in attack seems to be an issue as they have scored only six goals in their opening five games.

Kiltimagh/Knock United v Killala (Sun 11am)

Kiltimagh/Knock United continued their good early season from with an impressive 3-0 win over Westport United C last Saturday. This weekend they face a Killala side that have moved up the table in recent weeks with two wins in their last three games. Kiltimagh/Knock United are the top scorers in the division scoring nearly four goals a game with Darragh Hanlon and Dylan Webb both amongst the top scorers in the division with five league goals each. Giles McDonagh has them playing some brilliant attacking football but they are also strong at the back especially in CMS Park where they are yet to concede a league goal. Killala’s management team have introduced a lot of young players into the squad this season including Cian Donnelly in goal who has been in excellent form since he made his league debut against Conn Rangers a few weeks ago. They will have been disappointed to give up a two goal lead last weekend against Iorras but two wins from their previous two games as left them in a decent position in the middle of the table.

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Newport/Mulranny Wanderers v Moy Villa (Sat 5.30pm)

Two sides that suffered surprise defeats last weekend meet in Solar 21 Park on Saturday evening as League One joint leaders Newport/Mulranny Wanderers take on Moy Villa. This game gives each side a chance to take control at the top of the table as we approach the halfway point in the season. Moy Villa defeat to Partry Athletic in Attymass was probably the shock result of last weekend as Partry were the first side to keep John Durkan and Luke Ruane quiet so far this season and Hugh Langdon will be hoping his star strike force rediscover their goalscoring touch this weekend. Newport/Mulranny have the best defensive record in the Mayo League in the last eighteen months and even though they conceded twice in the loss to Crossmolina last time out they still look like they have a solid backline in place this season. Niall Muldoon scored five in their recent win over Claremorris B but despite this they are not very prolific in front of goal and they will need to change this if they are to continue their quest for promotion.

Claremorris B v Crossmolina (Sat 5.30pm)
Crossmolina finally got their first win of the season last weekend as they shocked league leaders Newport/Mulranny with a 2-1 win in Abbeyview. This weekend they make the journey to Concannon Park to take on Claremorris B who themselves have only a point more than Crossmolina on the board. Kevin Campbell’s return to form came at the right time for Michael Canavan’s side as he hit both goals in that win last weekend and they will know a win here and they will move out of the relegation zone for at least a few hours. Claremorris B were well beaten in their last outing and the large squad they have seems to be making it difficult to maintain any sort of consistency throughout their side. 

Partry Athletic v Achill Rovers (Sun 2.30pm)
Partry Athletic were surprised winners in Attymass last weekend as they picked up their second win in a row with a 2-1 win over Moy Villa. Neil Donnelly’s side are now right in the promotion race and another win on Sunday will put them in an excellent position before they travel to Kilmore next weekend. Conal MacGabhan continued his good form in front of goal with his third of the season while Dean Shaunessey and Ciaran Hennelly are another two players in good form. Achill game with Kilmore was abandoned last weekend due to adverse weather conditions and they may be a little rusty after having the bye two weeks ago. They will feel under a bit of pressure as they will probably be in the relegation one going into this match while on the other hand they will know that if they win their two games in hand they will be right up there in the promotion race. 

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Kiltimagh/Knock United B v Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Sat 5.30pm)

League leaders Kiltimagh/Knock United return to action this weekend after a week off as they face a rejuvenated Ballyvary Blue Bombers side in CMS Park on Saturday evening. Ballyvary finally got their first win of the season last time out against Conn Rangers thanks to a first half hat-trick from Pat Lynch and they will need to continue to show that form this weekend if they are to remain in the hunt for promotion. Kiltimagh/Knock are the only unbeaten side in the division and have a number of players in good form namely Thomas Gillespie, Shane Prendergast and Brendan Bourke. They were disappointed to lose their 100% record in their last game when they drew with Conn Rangers B and they will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways this weekend.

Conn Rangers B v Castlebar Celtic B (Sun 11am)
Castlebar Celtic B were involved in a seven-goal thriller with Westport United C last weekend and Stephen Moran’s side will be disappointed to have conceded two late goals to end up on the wrong side of the result. They remain only a point behind leaders Kiltimagh/Knock and will be favourites to pick up the three points this weekend when they visit Mount Falcon on Sunday morning. Conn Rangers B are yet to fully adapt on their return to the League football as their results and performances have been indifferent so far this season. Their only win has come against bottom side Crossmolina B so it will be a surprise if they are to put a dent in Celtic’s title challenge on this weekend.

Westport United C v Hollister (Sun 2.30pm)
Westport United C and Hollister both have hopes of promotion this season but a win for Westport this weekend would put a huge dent in the hopes of Vinny Coen’s side. Both sides have had no problems scoring goals so far this year so a high scoring game is expected on Sunday. Westport’s Adam Diamond Keane looks a real find for the Covies as the youngster has been on target in all four league games this season. Ted Horan is another player to look out for and this very young side play some of the most attractive football you will see at this level. Hollister will go into the game full of confidence after a big win over Crossmolina B last weekend but they will be aware that they will not get the time and space they had in that game where Danny Langdon and Josh Delaney were both looking for the match ball after hitting hat-tricks.