Cup action dominates this weekend

A few hours after this week’s edition of the Mayo Advertiser went to print last night, a trio of catch-up games in the Super League will have taken place. Westport United will have the chance to stretch their lead at the top out to five points when they take on Ballyheane, Castlebar Celtic will host Moy Villa, while the two teams at the bottom of the table meet with Iorras Aontaithe hosting Fahy Rovers.

When the weekend comes around the attention will turn to the first round of the cup where there are 19 games down for decision over two days and two more the following Thursday. In those 19 cup ties, there are two all Super League clashes with Ballyheane hosting Fahy Rovers on Saturday evening at 6.30pm. Both teams will have only a two day turnaround from their catch-up league games last night before this meeting. Ballyheane picked up their first league win last weekend with a 5-2 win away to Iorras, thanks to goals from Andrew Shally, Damien Walsh, John Kelly and Jack Tuffy along with a David Reilly own goal. Fahy were beaten 3-0 at home by Castlebar Celtic last Saturday night to condemn them to their fourth league defeat of the season and depending on how their game last night went, it could either boost their form ahead of the game or pile on more pressure on Rovers.

The other all Super League game of the weekend is a repeat of last weekend’s meeting between Charlestown Athletic and Moy Villa, with the venue swapping to Charlestown this time around. Last weekend, Moy Villa were the victors thanks to a 3-1 win.

Westport United will be heading back to Green Road for the second time in as many weekends on Saturday evening. Last Sunday they put four past Straide and Foxford United’s A team, thanks to JP O’Gorman (2 ), Philip Keegan and David Hoban all finding the back of the net. This time around it’s the Straide and Foxford United’s B team that will have to entertain the table toppers and a long afternoon could be in store for them, if Westport field a full strength side.

While their B team will be hosting Westport United, the A team from Green Road will make the short trip to Attymass to take on Moy Villa B. This game should offer the visitors a chance to get back the winning feeling after their good start to the season took a bit of a wobble in recent weeks.

Manulla, who held defending league champions Ballina Town to a 0-0 draw last Saturday night, will host Charlestown Athletic B. Castlebar Celtic will welcome the visit of Conn Rangers B in games that should go in favour of the home teams. While Iorras Aontaithe host a Ballinrobe Town who are languishing in the middle of the Premier B table, while Ballina Town will host a Westport United B team who have four wins from five games in the Premier A table under their belt and have won their last four games on the bounce since losing on the opening day of the season to Ballyglass.

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