Westport United look to keep hold of lead at the top

Soccer: Mayo League

On the run: Action from last weekends clash between Ballyheane and Castlebar Celtic. Photo: Castlebar Celtic Facebook

On the run: Action from last weekends clash between Ballyheane and Castlebar Celtic. Photo: Castlebar Celtic Facebook

An early goal from Jesper Frisch saw Westport United take the points and move three points clear at the top of the Super League last weekend in United Park.

The clash of the two early pace-setters in the league had promised to be an intriguing encounter, but neither side was able to find the back of the net over the remaining 89 minutes - despite both sides having a number of chances.

On Sunday morning United will look to keep their lead at the top of the table intact when they take on Claremorris in Concannon Park. The south Mayo side go into this game on the back of a 4-1 win away to Straide and Foxford United, thanks to two goals from Rokas Mikuckis, with one each from Simon Butler and Finnian Brady - as they picked up their second win in five league games this season.

Defending champions, Ballina Town, sank to their second lead loss of the season last weekend going down 1-0 away to high flying Manulla in Carramore. Mattie Nolan's goal eight minutes from the end of the game was the deciding factor in the game and saw Manulla pick up their third win from four league outings this season and move them into joint third place in the table. Manulla will be on the road this weekend against a Snugboro United side who picked up their first point of the season last weekend with a 1-1 draw against Ballyhaunis Town in Station Rise.

Kris Da Silva Ventvra put the homeside in front after five minutes, but Peter Minogue's free-kick early in the second half pulled the 'Boro level to earn a hard fought point. Ballyhaunis will face a tough ask if they are to pick up some vital points as they battle to avoid the relegation scrap when they take on a wounded Ballyglass side in Keaveney Park on Saturday evening.

Castlebar Celtic left it late in their derby clash with Ballyheane on Sunday to maintain their 100 per cent run in the league, winning three from three. They picked up their third win of the season thanks to an 89th minute winner from Martin Walsh, sealing a 2-1 victory. Celtic had gone into the lead thanks to a Colm Nevin strike on the stroke of half time. Ballyheane levelled it up eight minutes from time when Jarlath O'Malley scored, but Celtic held their nerve and took home the vital three points thanks to Walsh's late strike.

This weekend will see Celtic look to make it four from four when they take on a Straide and Foxford United side who sit rock bottom of the table with no wins from their five league games to date, while Ballyheane will be away to Ballina Town.

Mayo League Fixtures

Saturday, May 11

Elverys Sports Super League at 6.30pm

Ballyglass v Ballyhaunis Town

Castlebar Celtic v Straide and Foxford United

Castlecourt Hotel Premier League at 6.30pm

Achill Rovers v Ballina Town B

Manulla B v Swinford

Kiltimagh-Knock United v Fahy Rovers

Killeen Sports Grounds League One at 6.30pm

Crossmolina v Claremorris B

Partry Athletic v Westport United B

McDonnell Cup - Round One at 6.30pm

Kilmore v Ballyvary Blue Bombers

Ballina United v Moy Villa

Sunday, May 12

Elverys Sports Super League at 2.30pm

Claremorris v Westport United at 11am

Ballina Town v Ballyheane

Snugboro United v Manulla

Castlecourt Hotel Premier League at 11am

Iorras Aontaithe v Bangor Hibs

Glenhest Rovers v Conn Rangers

Killeen Sports Grounds League One at 2.30pm

Killala v Ballyglass B

McDonnell Cup - Round One at 2.30pm

Newport/Mulranny Wanders v Kiltimagh-Knock United B

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