Celtic look to kick out in front in Super League

The Masters: The Mulranny United masters’ side who won the Mayo League Masters cup final recently. Photo: Michael Donnelly.

The Masters: The Mulranny United masters’ side who won the Mayo League Masters cup final recently. Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Castlebar Celtic will look to extend their lead at the top of the Elverys Sports Super League this weekend when they face Ballinrobe Town. Declan Kilkelly’s side currently sit top of the table with two wins and a draw from their opening three games, while Ballinrobe Town are pointless at the bottom of the table. Celtic had last weekend off with their FCS Cup game against Manulla postponed until Thursday fortnight (May 19 ), while Ballinrobe Town exited the competition after losing to Claremorris at home. Claremorris are currently in second place in the Super League thanks to two wins from their opening trio of games.

Having gained promotion to the Super League this season, the early season form of Michael Hutton’s men has shown that they are capable of mixing it with more established sides in the top level. This Saturday night will be another stern test for Claremorris when they travel to Pete Murray Park to take on defending champions Ballina Town. The champions have picked up only four points from their opening assault on three titles in a row, and have now been beaten in their past two games by two of their biggest expected rivals in the title race. In the FCS Cup last Saturday Westport United saw off Alan Gough’s side 2-0, to follow up the hammering that Castlebar Celtic dished out to them a few weeks ago. United are undefeated in the league so far this season, with one win and two draws in their first troika of games on Saturday they will take on Manulla in the Sportspark. United are finding their feet under Kieran Mulchrone who took over from Barry Kilgallon who stepped down just before the start of the season. Manulla have only claimed one victory so far this season in a 3-2 over Claremorris in round two of the league, and Westport United will be warm favourites to take the points on Saturday evening. The last game in the Super League is the meeting of Swinford and Iorras Aontaithe, both sides are locked together on four points each in the table. It will be the second meeting of the sides in a week with Iorras Aontaithe taking the honours last weekend in the FCS Cup with a 3-1 win in Swinford. All games in the Super League this weekend kick off on Saturday at 6.30pm.

Fahy look for four in a row

Fahy Rovers currently sit on top of the Welcome Inn Hotel Premier Division A with three wins from three. So far this season they have seen off the challenge of Killala, Westport United B, and Snugboro United. On Sunday they will be looking to pick up their fourth win of the season when they travel to Quigley Park to take on an indifferent Ballyheane side. The hosts on Sunday have picked up two points from draws against Clew Bay United and Conn Rangers and they crashed out of the cup against Snugboro United at home last weekend after extra time. Conn Rangers are currently sitting in second place in the table and indeed knocked Fahy Rovers out of the Westaro Cup last weekend, after extra time they will be looking to take advantage of any slip up by Fahy on Sunday, provided that they can overcome the challenge of a tricky trip to Clew Bay United. Third place Straide and Foxford United are hosting bottom of the table Westport United B and Killala will make the trip to Snugboro United in the other game in the division on Sunday. All the action in the Welcome Inn Hotel Premier Division A kicks off at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Ballina United in Connacht Shield final

Ballina Town will be looking to bring some provincial silverware back to Mayo on Sunday when they play in the Connacht Shield final. Standing in their way are Sligo Premier division side Coolrea Rovers in Lecarrow, the home ground of the Roscommon League at 1pm. This will be a very tough ask for the Welcome Inn League Two side who are currently sitting in second place in the League Two table with two wins from two.


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