Iorras stay top as Ballina hit early season slump

Soccer: Mayo Soccer Round Up

Ballina Town's defence of their Mayo Super League title took another blow on Saturday night when they slipped to their first defeat of the season after they were surprisingly overturned by Castlebar Celtic in Celtic Park. It's the third time in as many games that Brendan Kenny's side have failed to register a win and Iorras Aontaithe didn't let the chance to open up a gap a the top slip in Carne. Despite trailing to bottom of the table Snugboro United, Michael S Togher's men dug out a hard fought 3-2 win to leave them four points clear at the top with maximum points from their six games. Westport United now only trial Ballina by a single point and have two games in hand on the champions thanks to a 2-1 win over Straide and Foxford United in the Sportspark on Sunday. Ballyheane did their chances of survival this season a big boost on Saturday evening with a 2-0 win over Fahy Rovers in Quigley Park. Swinford's good start to the season continued when they beat a struggling Manulla side 3-1 on Saturday night to leave them in fourth place in the table.

Celtic steal a point in season opener

Castlebar Celtic gained a point on the road in their Newstalk A League opener away to Sporting Fingal on Saturday afternoon. Despite facing into an injury crises that saw manager Declan Kilkelly having to done the gloves and go back in goal. Celtic took the lead after 20 minutes through Chris Rowland, but Sporting Fingal leveled it up in the second half. Celtic will host Bohemians at home in their next game.

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