Iorras stay out in front, but pack not far behind

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Ballina Town U12 team winners of the Inaugural Michael Whyte Memorial Cup which was played at Castlebar Celtic recently. Included in the picture are from left Greg Whyte (son), Kitty (wife), Ger and Gordon (sons).

Ballina Town U12 team winners of the Inaugural Michael Whyte Memorial Cup which was played at Castlebar Celtic recently. Included in the picture are from left Greg Whyte (son), Kitty (wife), Ger and Gordon (sons).

Iorras Aontaithe were able to keep ahead of the back in the Elverys Sports Super League last weekend, but they can’t afford to slip up as the season enters it’s final third. Last time out they came to Celtic Park and went away with the points thanks to a 2-0 win. Brendan Nallen and Garrett O’Malley were the men to hit the back of the net for Iorras. This weekend there on the road again when they head to Swinford to take on a side that are sitting comfortably in mid table at the moment. Last weekend however didn’t go to plan for the east Mayo men with Westport United putting them to the sword in the sports park. The home side knocked four past the Swinford goal keeper Neil McNicholas. Mark McNally opened the scoring in the first half, with second half strikes from David Horkan, Danny Scahill and Vinny O’Malley rapping up the game for Barry Kilgallon’s men. Westport now sit in third place in the table two points behind Iorras but they have a game in hand on the north Mayo men and last year’s champions Ballina Town where are currently in second spot one point ahead of Westport.

Ballina saw off bottom of the table Snugboro United last weekend after a 3-0 win over the basement side. Philip Devers scored the first with Mick Duffy and Devers round off the scoring before half time. This weekend they’ll expect a tougher assignment when they head to Green Road to take on a Straide and Foxford side who’ll be licking their wounds after taking at 3-1 beating from Fahy Rovers last weekend.

This weekend Westport will make the journey to Carramore to take on Manulla, in what could be a tough game for them. Manulla last weekend had enough to see off the challenge of Ballyheane in Quigley Park by a score of 4-0 with Barry Cuffe, Gary Durkan, James Cunningham and Roger Clarke all finding the back of the net for Manulla. Ballyheane really need to dig out a win as they try to get away from the relegation dog fight. This weekend they have the perfect opportunity to pick up three very valuable points against bottom of the table Snugboro United when they make the short trip to Conway Park.

In last weekend’s Newstalk A League, Castlebar Celtic went down by three goals away to Tullamore Town in a game that finished 4-1. Declan Kilkelly’s charges will be looking to pick things up on Sunday in Celtic Park when they host Finn Harps at 4pm.

Ballyglass ready for big give away

Ballyglass FC have €20,000 to give away this weekend as there lotto has reached the maximum level it can. Martin O’Connor from Ballyglass told the Mayo Advertiser what’s happening. “We reached the maximum of €20,000 which we can give out so for the past seven weeks, we’ve been using the extra money we’ve brought in for house prizes in the pubs we’ve been holding the draw in but it has to go this coming Monday night. So if it doesn’t go in the lotto were going to have a draw of all the tickets, with one first prize of €5,000, one of €3,000, one €2,000 and five prizes of €1,000 and ten prizes of €500 to make up the €20,000.” With huge interest in the draw, Ballyglass have spread out from their normal selling area to sell tickets in Ballinrobe, Belcarra, Claremorris , Castlebar, Roundford and Ballyheane for the draw which will take place in The Olde Ground, Ballyglass on Monday evening. If anyone wants any information on where they can get tickets from they can contact Martin on 087 -9221412.

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