Celtic look to crown their season with title on Sunday

Soccer: Mayo League

Photo: Sportsfile

Photo: Sportsfile

Castlebar Celtic moved to within a point of claiming the Super League title with a massive 9-2 win over Ballyglass last weekend, on Sunday the Hoops will be looking to ensure they claim the title when they take on Claremorris in Celtic Park where a point will be enough to seal the championship.

Last weekend Liam Flatley and Jordan Loftus scored seven goals between them in their nine goal haul. Loftus put Celtic in front early on before Ryan Connolly levelled it up, but goals from Flatley and Johnnie Cocozza had them back in front at the break. Ballyglass cut back the deficit early in the second half, but from then on Celtic turned on the style with Loftus completing his hat-trick and Flatley bagging three more and Jason Hunt getting the other goal to seal the points and put the title back within touching distance for Michael McNicholas' men.

The other game that could affect the outcome of the title between Westport United and Ballina Town had to be abandoned due to excessive rain in Westport.

At the bottom of the table Snugboro's relegation was confirmed when they went down 5-2 to Straide and Foxford United in Conway Park. Kevin Curry put Snugboro ahead early on, but two goals from veteran Johnny Jordan had the Green Road men in the lead by the break. Snugboro had a chance to level it up from the penalty spot early in the second half but Darren Flatley saw his effort saved and the visitors went back down the field shortly afterwards and Michael Guilfoyle put them 3-1 up. Jordan completed his hat-trick and Guilfoyle added a fifth before Snugboro pulled one back late on, but it was too little to late.

That win has put Straide and Foxford United in the driving seat to avoid filling the second relegation spot, but they will still have to ensure they take care of business on Saturday evening when they travel to Manulla. Nipping at their heels is Ballyhaunis Town who are two points behind them going into the last round of games.

The Station Rise side were held to a 1-1 draw by local rivals Claremorris last Sunday, Tommy Page's side took the lead through a Gary Higgins strike, but Simon Butler struck back for Claremorris - meaning the east Mayo men will have to win on Saturday evening when they take on a Ballyheane side who have not too much to play for and hope that Manulla can do them a favour against Straide and Foxford United.

The aforementioned Ballyheane ensured their place in the top flight for next season with a 2-0 win over Manulla in Quigley Park with Dean Fadden and Imoh Atoi getting the goals in the victory.

Mayo League Fixtures

Elverys Sports Super League

Saturday, September 21 at 5.30pm

Ballyhaunis Town v Ballyheane

Manulla v Straide and Foxford United

Sunday, September 22 at 2.30pm

Snugboro United v Westport United

Ballina Town v Ballyglass

Castlebar Celtic v Claremorris

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