Westport United hot on the heels of Ballyheane at top of the table

Soccer: Mayo League

Photo: Sportsfile

Photo: Sportsfile

Ballyheane stayed top of the Elvery's Sports Super League after a 3-1 win on the road against Ballyhaunis Town last Sunday.

The defending champions are two points clear at the top from Westport United at the moment, but the Covies have a game in hand on the Quigley Park outfit, with Manulla two points further back in third place.

On Saturday evening Westport United had moved back to the top of the Super League for a few hours with a 1-0 win over a much-improved Claremorris side at Concannon Park. The only goal of the game arrived in the thirty seventh minute when Darren Browne powered a header into the top corner of the net after he got on the end of a cross from the right wing by Patrick Moran.

Ballina Town and Glenhest Rovers met for the second time in six days but on this occasion, there was nothing to separate the two sides as the match finished goalless in Belleek. The result leaves Ballina well off the pace in the title race after seven games while Glenhest will be happy to have picked up an important point on the road as they moved above Straide & Foxford United and out of the relegation spots.

Jack O’Connor was the star of the show as Kiltimagh/Knock United moved up to third in the table with a 4-2 win over Straide & Foxford United. O’Connor scored twice in the first half to give the away side the advantage at the break. His first arrived in the thirteenth minute and the second on thirty-five minutes with both goals coming thanks to assistance from Jack Mullarkey.

The first was one of real beauty as Mullarkey found O’Connor with a precise through-ball and without taking a touch, O’Connor chipped the keeper from twenty-five yards.

O’Connor then completed his hat-trick early in the second half before Mullarkey also got on the scoresheet with their fourth goal, just three minutes later, when he also chipped the keeper from thirty yards with a precise first-time effort. Straide & Foxford then hit back with two quick goals through Michael McGarry and Chris Downey. That was as good as it got for the home side though and Kiltimagh/Knock closed out the game to get their second win of the season.

Manulla kept themselves in the title race with an excellent 2-1 win over Castlebar Celtic at Celtic Park in the early kick-off on Sunday morning. They had to come from behind to claim the points as Jason Hunt had given Celtic a half-time lead. David McCracken hit both the goals for Manulla in a five-minute period midway through the second half as Aiden Dunleavy’s side got back to winning ways after two draws in their previous two league outings.

Ballyheane moved back to the top of the table, but they were made to work for the victory as they secured a 3-1 win away against Ballyhaunis Town. The sides were level at the break with the only real chance falling to Ben Edeh late in the half, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target to break the deadlock.

The away side needed a set piece to open the scoring when Dara Ludden found the net from the edge of the box and their second also came from a deadball situation as Jack Rochford slotted home a penalty to double Ballyheane’s lead. Nathan Reilly-Doyle added a third for Ashley Stevenson’s side late on before Andy Cunnane got a consolation goal for the home side as he found the net after being set up by debutant Dylan Lyons.

 

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