Celtic head to the sunny south east

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Michael McNicholas, Castlebar CelticCastlebar Celtic manager Michael McNicholas will be looking to guide his side into the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup this weekend. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Michael McNicholas, Castlebar CelticCastlebar Celtic manager Michael McNicholas will be looking to guide his side into the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup this weekend. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Castlebar Celtic will make the long trip to the south east of the country on Sunday as they look to book a spot in the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup.

It has been all go for the Super League champions of late and they will keep up their hectic schedule of games with a clash against Wexford League Premier Division outfit Gorey Rangers.

The Rangers currently sit in third place in the top division of the Wexford League, having won seven of their eight league outings to date and currently sit just six points behind league leaders North End United, who have played two more games than Rangers so far this season. Gorey booked their place in this last 16 clash with a 4-0 win over Cashel Town with Dylan Vickers getting a hat-trick and Paul Brennan getting their fourth.

Last weekend they saw off Finglas United 2-1 on the road in the fourth round of the Leinster Junior Cup with Ethan Vickers and Brennan getting the goals. Celtic will go into the game on the back of their own success in provincial competitions seeing off Boyle Celtic 4-1 on the road in round four of the TP Brennan Connacht Cup. Jordan Loftus put Celtic ahead from the penalty spot early on after Johnny Cocozza was fouled. Ronan Garvin pulled the homeside level and forced the game into extra time where Michael McNicholas' men took control with Ioseph O'Reilly, Mark Howley and Loftus all finding the back of the net to send Celtic into the fifth round of the competition.

Two other Mayo sides navigated the fourth round of the competition last weekend with both Ballyglass and Westport United picking up wins in the competition. Ballyglass who were under the guidance of new management team John Noonan and Joe Regan saw off the challenge of Corrib Celtic 2-1 after extra time. Keelan McDonnell grabbed a 90th minute equaliser for the Keaveny Park side and JP O'Gorman hit a winner in the 105th minute of the game.

Westport United continued their drive for glory in external competitions with a 2-1 win on the road against Cliffony Celtic, Darren Browne put Westport United ahead, Conor McAleer equalised for the Sligo/Leitrim District League side - but Browne struck again for United to send them into the next round of the competition.

 

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