Mayo old firm derby takes centre stage

Soccer: Mayo League Super League Preview

Referee Ann Sweeney with her assistant referees Stephen Redmond and Kevin Cox in the final of the Terence McDonnell Cup (sponsored by McHale Agri Forest and Garden) in Milebush Park Castlebar. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Referee Ann Sweeney with her assistant referees Stephen Redmond and Kevin Cox in the final of the Terence McDonnell Cup (sponsored by McHale Agri Forest and Garden) in Milebush Park Castlebar. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Glenhest Rovers v Conn Rangers

Sunday July 31 at 12pm

Sixth placed Glenhest Rovers entertain bottom of the table Conn Rangers on Sunday at lunchtime in what promises to be a tough encounter. The home side have had a very decent return to the Super League this season picking up three wins and two draws in their opening 10 games.

Last weekend they went down 1-0 at home to Castlebar Celtic, where only a number of good saves from Celtic keeper Mark Benson kept them at bay.  Conn Rangers went down to their eighth league defeat this season last weekend when local rivals Ballina Town saw them off 3-1 in Mount Falcon. John Judge grabbed the goal for them last weekend and if they had some more composure in front of goal they could have pushed Ballina a bit harder down the home straight.

Verdict: Glenhest Rovers

Westport United v Castlebar Celtic

Sunday July 31 at 12 noon

The grand old derby of Mayo football may have lost a bit of its lustre in recent times with Westport dominating the recent encounters and trophy wins, but this is still a big game in Mayo soccer. Last weekend United's second half drive saw them put three past Manulla on the road to pick up their seventh league win and keep them in touch with league leaders Ballina Town.  Goals from Danny Scahill, Phil Keegan, and Peter Corcoran saw them home.

Celtic consolidated their fourth spot in the table with a 1-0 win over Glenhest Rovers on the road last Sunday, thanks to a great individual goal from Jordan Loftus on the break. The Celtic defence was under pressure for long periods in that game, and they will not get away with letting Westport away with a similar number of chances this weekend.

Verdict: Westport United

Ballina Town v Ballyhane

Sunday July 31 at 2.30pm

The league leaders kept up their winning form last time out with a 3-1 derby win on the road against Conn Rangers in Mount Falcon. Jamie Calway struck twice in five minutes between the 14th and 19th minute to set up that win with a Dara Quinn goal 15 minutes from time putting the result to bed.

Ballyheane have had a poor first half of the season and find themselves stuck in second last place in the table with just one win to their name after ten games. The Quigley Park outfit will need start picking up wins soon if they are to avoid a relegation battle in the coming weeks. Last weekend they went down 3-0 at home to Ballyglass and this weekend it's hard to see them picking up three points.

Verdict: Ballina Town

Iorras Aontaithe v Manulla

Sunday July 31 at 2.30pm

Fifth placed Manulla make the long trip to Erris on Sunday looking to get back to winning ways after going down 3-0 at home to Westport United last weekend. The Carramore outfit are having another solid season so far with five wins and one draw from their opening ten games. But they will be disappointed to find themselves so far off the pace from the league leaders.

It will be an emotional day in Iorras, where it will be their first game since the tragic death of club legend Eric Reilly recently. The Iorras faithful will give their all to honour the memory of a man who gave his all for football in the Barony over a long number of years.

Verdict: Manulla

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