The mid-season break in action in the Mayo League due to the European Championships is well and truly over this weekend with a full round of action across all divisions. Last weekend saw sides return to cup competitions in the Connacht Gold Cup, Connacht Gold Shield, and another number of catch up league games over the divisions. With six rounds down out of the 14 of the league campaign, Westport United are streaking out in front at the top of the table and are 10 points ahead of their nearest rivals. Ballina Town, Castlebar Celtic, and Claremorris are all on eight points chasing the Connacht Junior Cup winners who have 18 points from their opening six games.
Sunday’s action in the Super League kicks off at 2.30pm in all four games in the top tier. Westport United will be looking to keep their 10 point lead, when they face Iorras Aontaithe in the Sportspark in Westport. Castlebar Celtic should keep up their challenge and pick up three points when they go to Green Road to take on bottom of the table Straide and Foxford United, Ballina Town will host Fahy Rovers in Pete Murray Park in Belleek, while the final game in the division sees Manulla host Claremorris in Carramore.
All to play for in Premier A chase at the top
With this weekend’s round of games marking the half way point of the league season, it is all to play for in the Premier A in terms of promotion to the Super League. Ballyheane are currently sitting on the top of the pile after the first six games with four wins, a draw, and a loss leaving them with 13 points. The Connacht Junior Shield winners are having a great season so far and last weekend picked up a 3-0 win away to Bangor Hibs in a re-fixed game from round two, to keep them out in front at the top of the table. On Saturday evening they face another long trip north to take on Conn Rangers. The Mount Falcon side are themselves well in the promotion hunt, a win on Saturday evening would leave only a point between themselves and Ballyheane, and the Rangers have a game in hand still. Only two points behind Ballyheane at the top are local rivals Snugboro United who have 11 points from their half a dozen games. Their last point came last weekend thanks to a 2-2 draw at home to fellow title chasers Castlebar Celtic B in Conway Park. The Boro have no game this weekend and will be hoping that those in the chasing pack around them slip up. That pack contains Ballinrobe Town who are only a point behind Snugboro, in third place in the table. The south Mayo side this weekend will entertain Bangor Hibs, while Castlebar Celtic B, who can win the title but would be very unlikely to gain promotion unless their A team came crashing through the basement of the Super League, also have 10 points from six game and will travel to the coast to take on Clew Bay United on Saturday evening. At the bottom of the table, Clew Bay United, Bangor Hibs, and Swinford are all hoping to pick up a few wins over the next few rounds to pull themselves out of relegation trouble.
Mayo masters in cup final action
The Mayo League Masters team will be going for glory on Saturday evening when they take on the Sligo Leitrim League in the final of the John Sherlock in Milebush at 7pm. Last weekend they booked their place in the final with a 2-1 win over the Roscommon League in the same venue, and Saturday’s final promises to be a cracking encounter.