Celtic are u21 champions- Play-off needed to decide Division Two title

Soccer: Mayo U21 League

Castlebar Celtic claimed the Mayo TF Royal Hotel U21 Division One title last weekend after a 2-0 final day of the season win over Ballyheane in Celtic Park.

The Hoop's finished the season three points in front of second placed Conn Rangers and six points ahead of third placed Ballyheane, Celtic finished the season winning eight of their ten games, drawing one and going down to a solitary defeat all season - that loss coming on the opening day of the season where they were beaten 1-0 by Manulla. Their only draw was when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Conn Rangers in round seven.

Celtic went into their clash with Ballyheane knowing that a single point would be enough to see them claim the title, while a defeat could have seen a three way play-off with Ballyheane and Conn Rangers if results had gone in a certain direction.

The visitors were the better side in the opening quarter-of-an-hour but they failed to create a proper goalscoring chance and the hosts started to find their footing into the game and took control for the rest of the contest.

Celtic took the lead nine minutes before the half-time break when Luke Kelly found the back of the net. Kelly who finished up as the league's top scorer with 12, goals snapped on a loose ball in the Ballyheane box from a corner and lashed the ball home to the net.

The same man made the game and league title safe with his second goal of the day when he finished off a pass from Paul Walsh to the back post to queue the celebrations for the home outfit.

Conn Rangers sealed second place with a 3-1 win over Manulla thanks to three goals in the second half of this game. Coalan Hopkins and Sean Holmes put them 2-0 up by the hour mark, Manulla did pull a goal back before Hopkins got in for his second of the day to seal the win.

The other game of the day saw Straide and Foxford United ensure their survival in the top division with an 8-3 win over Kiltimagh-Knock United with Cathal Clarke, Kieran Smyth and Dylan Coleman all getting two goals each with Adam Boukioud also getting in on the scoring for the Green Road outfit.

There is one game to go in the division between the bottom two sides, Manulla and Kiltimagh-Knock United with the winner of the game staying in the division, while a draw will also do the east Mayo side.

In Division Two a play-off will be needed to decide the champions between Claremorris and Ballina Town. Claremorris had a 6-0 win over Glenhest Rovers thanks to goals from Nathan Ring (3 ), Joe Murray (2 ) and an own goal. That win brought them level with Ballina Town on 27 points from ten games. Both sides have won nine games each in the league with both teams' only defeats coming to each other in the league. Claremorris were 3-1 winners over Ballina Town on the road in round one, while Ballina Town reversed the result in round five when they won 4-1 in Concannon Park.


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