In a truncated round two of the Elverys Sports Super League where the games between Ballyheane and Westport United and Castlebar Celtic and Moy Villa were postponed the big news from the weekend was Straide and Foxford United's 2-0 win away to the champions Ballina Town in Belleek on Sunday afternoon. The newly promoted side who picked up a 3-2 win away to Manulla last weekend made it two wins from two so far this season with the goals coming from Conor Sherry and Stephen Wallace. The tangerine clad side will be looking to make it three wins from three next week when they host Castlebar Celtic on the banks of the Moy. On Saturday night another of the Super League new-boys Charlestown Athletic who earned a point against Ballyheane last weekend thanks to two late goals picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over Fahy Roves in Charlestown. Goals from Jacob Gawalkiewicz and Thomas Meehan put the east Mayo side into a 2-0 lead, before Fahy Rovers cut the gap back to a single goal after finding the net from the penalty spot. Next up for Charlestown Athletic is a trip to the Sportspark and a game against Westport United next Sunday afternoon.
In a sun drenched Carramore, Manulla picked up their first win of the new season coming from a goal behind to see off Iorras Anotaithe 3-1 in the Spring sunshine. (While the sun was shining, the decision of one of the linesmen to forgo his boots in favour of just wearing socks in the first half was an unexpected sight this early in the year). Manulla had most of the play in the contest against a battling Iorras team, but they failed to test Phelim Munnelly often enough in the first half, with Rory Martyn and Ben Frayne going close on a couple of occasions each. The visitors took the lead after 64 minutes when Eamon Carey drove the ball past James Jennings with a sweet strike from the edge of the area. That goal stunned Manulla into action and they leveled the game up two minutes later when Rory Martyn slotted the ball home from a knockdown by Shane Durkan. Five minutes later Durkan put his team in front with a powerful header from a well worked short corner. The game was made safe nine minutes from time, when Keith Burke skipped past two defenders down the left wing and placed the ball in the far corner of the net, less than a minute after his introduction from the bench. Next weekend Manulla will make the short trip to Moneen to take on Fahy Rovers while Iorras will host Ballina Town in the big north Mayo derby.
Castlebar Celtic booked their place in the Bus Éireann Women’s National League Cup final for the second year in a row thanks to a 3-1 win over Peamount United in Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon. The Hoops are becoming quite the cup side, having made the final of this competition last year along with the final of the FAI Women's Senior Cup earlier this year in the Aviva Stadium. They go on to meet Wexford Youths in the final of the league cup on May 18.
Celtic got revenge on Peamount who beat them in last year's Bus Éireann Women’s National League Cup final in Milebush thanks to a player of the match performance from Emma Hansberry. The Celtic midfielder set up her sides first goal 12 minutes in playing in Aisling Egan who headed home past Monica McGuirk. Peamount drew level thanks to a Stephaine Roche penalty, before Hansberry put her side back into the lead with a powerful drive. A Hansberry corner an hour in wasn't dealt with by the Peamount defence and it ended up nestling in the back of the net and giving Celtic the breathing room they needed to see out the game and book their spot in the final against a Wexford Youths side who beat Raheny United 2-1 after extra time in the other semi-final.
The first race in Mayo AC's new 2014 Move 2 Improve series is the Kilmovee 10k tomorrow April 19 at 1pm. The club are delighted that the new series will be sponsored by C and C Cellular, continuing its involvement with the club over the past nine years. The Move 2 Improve series consists of six races - four 10km, and two 8km, all independently organised events with accurately measured courses, permits from Athletics Ireland and their own prize structures. John Roddy and his team have worked hard to make Kilmovee 10k one of the best organised events in the country, and its popularity has grown immensely in a short time - this will be its fifth year. You will enjoy a big welcome, a traffic free course, chip timing, and wholesome refreshments afterwards before the prizegiving at the Community Centre. Details of the event are available at www.kilmovee10k.com. As the name suggests, the Move 2 Improve series is focused mainly on those who have taken up the sport in recent years, who are looking to achieve new levels of performance. Many will have taken up the sport through Fit4Life and other local initiatives. Others will have an opportunity to experience races in the company of their peers, make new friends and generally have fun. The series is open to all. Mayo AC hopes this new format will offer opportunities and incentives for all participants to measure, improve, and achieve their goals through personal best times, and move to a new Level. Full details of the Move 2 Improve series are at www.mayoac.com