Ballyheane’s fairy-tale season continued as they reached the Westaro Cup another cup final with a 4-2 win on penalties over Westport United at a wet and windy Pat Quigley Park on Sunday afternoon.
The sides couldn’t be separated in normal time or in extra time so penalties were required to settle the tie. Ballyheane scored all four of their spot kicks while Jack Murphy and Peter Corcoran both failed to fins the target for Westport as Ashley Stevenson’s side progressed to the final.
In the other semi-final Ballina Town had a 3-1 win over Claremorris in Belleek as the North Mayo side continued their recent good run of form.
Jamie Cawley gave the home side the lead inside the first five minutes as Ballina started the game on the front foot and they had doubled their lead on twenty-five minutes when Jamie Moyles got his name on the scoresheet. Claremorris pulled a goal back early in the second half as Ryan McLoughlin scored for the away side but Cawley got the crucial third goal for Ballina with twenty minutes to go.
Masters League back with 60 per cent increase in numbers
The Westaro Masters League returns with a 60 per cent increase in the number of teams. After a break of over 18 months the Masters League will return on Wednesday, November 3 with a record 24 teams having entered by last Monday night’s deadline.
The Mayo League were delighted to announce that they now have 24 Masters teams in total in the league which is an increase of nine teams from the 2019/20 season.
Due to this a third division has been added, which will comprise eight teams as will Divisions One and Two. Iorras Aontaithe have returned after a very successful spell in the early years of the competition while Ballyglass, Snugboro United and Ballyvary Blue Bombers are also back in for the first time in several years.
Ballyheane and Killala are taking part for the first time and Ballinrobe Town have entered two teams after a very successful return to Mayo League Football. Castlebar Celtic have also entered a second team and will play in Division Three.
Due to the large increase the league will now be played over two nights each week with Thursday night been added to the traditional Wednesday night that has lit up Solar 21 Park for over ten years.
The top division includes Westport United, Ballina Town, Claremorris, Fahy Rovers, Kiltimagh/Knock United, Manulla and promoted sides Castlebar Celtic and Achill Rover.
Ballinrobe Town, Ballyhaunis Town, Ballyheane, Ballyvary Blue Bombers, Claremorris B, Conn Rangers, Iorras Aontaithe and Straide & Foxford United make up Division Two and the final division is made up of Ballinrobe Town B, Ballyglass, Castlebar Celtic B, Killala, Manulla B, Snugboro United, Swinford and Swinford B.
The League Management Committee were delighted to see such a huge increase in the number of teams in what has proved to be a very successful competition and they would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the very best of luck for the upcoming season.