United look to keep up winning run against Super League newbies

Soccer: Mayo League Super League

Dressed to impress: Ballyhaunis Town are presented with gear bags by Tom Forde from Forde's Ltd for the new season. Left to right: James Cribbin, Tom Forde, Richie Crinnigan and Hamood Althobhaney

Dressed to impress: Ballyhaunis Town are presented with gear bags by Tom Forde from Forde's Ltd for the new season. Left to right: James Cribbin, Tom Forde, Richie Crinnigan and Hamood Althobhaney

After putting league champions Ballina Town to the pin of their collars last weekend, Super League new boys, Ballyhaunis Town, face another tough examination this weekend when they head to league leaders, Westport United.

The east Mayo men went toe-to-toe with Ballina Town last Saturday evening, going in level at 2-2 at the break, with Dylan Edwards scoring a first half brace to put Mick Duffy's men into a 2-0 lead. However Ballyhaunis Town hit back with Gary Higgins and Jarlath Canny finding the back of the net before the break - but it was the visitors who found the fifth goal of the game early in the second half to grab the three points. Ballina Town will be in action at home in Belleek this weekend when they welcome bottom of the table, Snugboro United - whose game last weekend against Castlebar Celtic was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Ballyhaunis' opponents this weekend had a comfortable 4-1 win over Straide and Foxford in Green Road. The visitors went 2-0 up early on through goals from Darren Browne and Phil Keegan - but the hosts were thrown a lifeline when Westport netminder, Gary Cunningham, was unable to make proper contact with a probing ball into the box and deflected it to the back of his net. United wrapped things up in the second half with substitutes Brandon Scahill and Peter Corcoran grabbing the third and fourth goals.

This weekend, Straide and Foxford United will be on the road to Keaveny Park, where they will face a Ballyglass side full of confidence, after picking up their second come from behind win in a row, this time in very dramatic circumstances. Ballyheane must have thought they had the points wrapped up when they went into a 3-0 lead through a Ben Edeh double and a Nathan Reilly-Doyle third with less than 35 minutes left to go. But between there and the end, Ballyglass managed to hit the back of the net four times. Liam Hughes cut the gap back to two goals and then Junior Mockus made it 3-2, with ten minutes to go as Evan Connolly headed his side level and then late on, Mockus hit his second of the day to complete a memorable comeback with a half volleyed finish.

Ballyheane will look to pick themselves up tomorrow night when they travel to Concannon Park to face a Claremorris side who are heading into the game on the back of a 5-1 lashing at the hands of Manulla last weekend. Claremorris took the lead in the game through an early Dean Roddy penalty but Manulla hit back with with the aid of a Jesse Devers hat-trick, to pick up their second win of the season.

Mayo League Fixtures

Saturday, April 20

Elverys Sports Super League at 6pm

Westport United v Ballyhaunis Town

Ballyglass v Straide and Foxford United

Claremorris v Ballyheane

Ballina Town v Snugboro United

Tuohy Cup

Swinford v Fahy Rovers

Glenhest Rovers v Bangor Hibs

Sunday, April 21

Killeen Sports League One at 11am

Crossmolina v Ballyglass B

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