In the end it was easier than expected, but Westport United are in the fifth round of the FAI Junior Cup alongside fellow Mayo teams, Iorras Aontaithe and Ballyhaunis Town, in three weeks’ time.
Westport United went to Ballinasloe Town last Sunday, and thanks to goals from Joe Lawless 20 minutes in and Dave Cameron on the hour mark they had themselves home and hosed well before Pat Fitzgerald made it 3-0 with six minutes left on the clock. Next up for the treble winners is a home tie with Wexford outfit New Ross Celtic in the fifth round in early December.
In the all Mayo fourth round tie last Sunday, it was Ballyhaunis Town who came out on top against Ballina Town in Ballyhaunis. The Premier B outfit finally put a full stop behind the 2013 Super League champions’ season which had been running out of gas for a long time now. Conor Freeley put Ballyhaunis Town into the lead with a long range effort just after the quarter of an hour mark, and when Jamil Kezze made it 2-0 not long after the half-hour juncture, the die was cast and Ballyhaunis Town were heading to the heady heights of the fifth round of the FAI Junior Cup. The east Mayo men will be making a trip to the southwest, and a meeting with Pike Rovers lies in store, while Iorras Aontaithe are heading to Tipperary and a showdown with Clonmel Celtic or Borrisokane.