Top two meet tomorrow night

Soccer: Mayo League

There's just one place to be tomorrow evening and that's in Belleek, when defending champions Ballina Town host Castlebar Celtic in the Super League at 7pm.

Both sides are locked level on 21 points at the top of the table, but the Hoops' hold a slight whip hand in the chase for the title at the moment, having two games in hand - however there is a long road to go yet in the title race.

This will be the team's second and final league meeting of the season with the Hoops' running out 3-1 winners in Celtic Park at the start of April, thanks to a brace from Jordan Loftus and a Liam Flatley goal, with Dylan Edwards getting the Ballina Town goal. Celtic are unbeaten in the league so far this season winning seven from seven, while Ballina have shipped two defeats already, going down to Manulla alongside the aforementioned defeat to Celtic. Since that loss to Manulla they have won five on the bounce, four of them in the league, seeing off Ballyheane 6-1, Claremorris 4-1, Straide and Foxford United 3-2 and Westport United 2-0 in the league and last weekend they edged Manulla 3-2 in the league cup quarter-finals.

Celtic will be wary that Ballina Town have two of the top four goalscorers in the league so far this season with Dylan Edwards finding the back of the net 14 times and Brendan Lavelle seven times so far, while Celtic's Jordan Loftus and Jason Hunt both have six goals each from their sides seven games.

The meeting of Manulla and Ballyglass in Carramore is another tasty encounter down for decision tomorrow evening. The visitors currently sit in third place in the table, thanks to six wins from their nine games, with the hosts three points further back - but have three games in hand on their visitors having won five from six in the league. When the sides met in early April in Ballyglass, the hosts were 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Ryan and Evan Connolly - with Jesse Devers getting Manulla's goal. Last weekend saw the sides have contrasting fortunes in the league cup last eight with Ballyglass running out 3-1 winners over Claremorris and Manulla going down 3-2 to Ballina Town at home.

The third Saturday night game is the meeting of Snugboro United and Claremorris in Conway Park, the Boro' look to be locked in a relegation battle with Ballyhaunis Town to avoid the drop, with both sides having four points each. If Snugboro are to strike a drive to avoid the drop they will be looking to try and pick up points in games like this. When the teams met in Concannon Park in April a Dean Roddy hat-trick saw Claremorris pick up the points.

The aforementioned Ballyhaunis Town have their own must-win game on Sunday when they host a bottom-of-the-table Straide and Foxford United who are still without a point in the league this season. The visitors were dispatched 6-0 by Ballyheane in the league cup on Sunday morning. The hosts have four points from a win and a draw from their seven games, with their solitary victory coming in the reverse fixture in in April, thanks to a Gary Higgins brace along with a Kristoffer da Silva Ventvra strike.

The final game in the Super League this weekend is another interesting encounter, when Ballyheane host Westport United in Quigley Park. The homeside have been playing some nice football this year and currently are sitting on ten points in sixth place in the table, thanks to three wins and one draw from their eight outings so far. The visitors won their earlier league meeting 4-1 in United Park with Jesper Frisch bagging a brace and Darren Browne and Brandon Scahill a goal each. United are just three points off the top of the table at the minute and a win here will be vital to ensure they keep pace with the top two as the title race rounds the half-way park.

Mayo League Fixtures

Saturday, June 15

Elverys Sports Super League

Manulla v Ballyglass at 7pm

Snugboro United v Claremorris at 7pm

Ballina Town v Castlebar Celtic at 7pm

Castlecourt Hotel Premier League

Bangor Hibs v Swinford at 7pm

Conn Rangers v Iorras Aontiathe at 7pm

Glenhest Rovers v Achill Rovers at 7pm

Sunday, June 16

Elverys Sports Super League

Ballyhaunis Town v Straide and Foxford United at 2.30pm

Ballyheane v Westport United at 11am

Castlecourt Hotel Premier League

Kiltimagh-Knock United v Manulla B at 11am

Fahy Rovers v Ballina Town B at 11am

Killeen Sports Ground League One

Claremorris B v Ballyglass B at 11am

Crossmolina v Castlebar Celtic B at 11am

Partry Athletic v Killala at 2.30pm

McDonnell Cup Semi-Finals

Snugboro United B v Moy Villa at 11am

Newport-Mulranny Wanderers v Kilmore at 2.30pm


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