Connacht Gold Cup could throw up some surprises


The Ballina United team who captured the Connacht Shield title last weekend thanks to a 1-0 win over Coolrea Rovers.

The Ballina United team who captured the Connacht Shield title last weekend thanks to a 1-0 win over Coolrea Rovers.

Claremorris, who have had a great start to the Super League this season winning three of their opening four games, will be looking to keep up that good form on Saturday evening in the Connacht Gold Cup, the only all top level clash of the round. Michael Hutton’s side will make the trip to The Green to take on a bottom of the table Ballinrobe Town side who have not even been able to get a point on the board so far this season. Ballinrobe are coming into the game off the back of a 4-2 home defeat to league leaders Castlebar Celtic, while Claremorris were the latest side to topple defending champions Ballina Town with a 3-1 win in north Mayo. Derek Glynn was the man on target for Claremorris last weekend, grabbing all three goals in their win.

League leaders Castlebar Celtic had to dig deep to pull out the win last weekend against basement side Ballinrobe Town. They raced into an early two goal lead thanks to Andy Neary and Jamie Fallon, but were hauled back level by a spirited Ballinrobe fight back midway through the second half. Only for an Ollie Cunningham penalty just after Ballinrobe pulled it level to swing the game back in their favour, Fallon made sure of the points with a late goal. On Sunday they will host local rivals Snugboro United who have found it tough to get to grips with life in the new Premier A division. But they are coming into the game on the back of their first win of the league so far thanks to a 1-0 win over Killala. Manulla, who currently sit in third place in the Super League, will host League three side Hollister to Carramore on Saturday evening. Manulla picked up their second win in the Super League with a come from behind win over Westport United in the Sportspark last weekend. David Hoban put Westport in front just after the half hour, but two second half goals from Mattie Nolan gave Paul Large’s side the win. Kieran Mulchrone’s side will be confident that they can pick up the pieces this weekend when they host League 2 side Cross Celtic on Sunday.

Westport United’s B team will be looking to take a Super League scalp of their own on Sunday afternoon when they make the long trek to Erris to take on Iorras Aontaithe. Westport United B are currently struggling at the bottom of the Premier A table with only a point to show from their four games so far, which they garnered from their 2-2 draw last weekend with Straide and Foxford United. Iorras are in comfortable mid-table territory early on in the season with five points. Last weekend they shared the spoils with Swinford. Swinford, on Saturday evening, will travel to Premier B side Moy Villa, while Ballina Town will make the hop to Urlar United of League 1 in their first Connacht Cup game of the year.

Ballina United claim Connacht Shield title

Ballina United brought home the Connacht Junior Shield title last weekend thanks to a 1-0 win over Coolera Rovers in Lecarrow. Philip Forde was the man who did the necessary when he broke the deadlock with the only goal of the game two minutes before the break.


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