It’s all down to Westport United if the Mayo League are to have an interest in the FAI Junior Cup post Christmas. The aristocrats of Mayo soccer are the last side left in the competition after both Iorras Aontaithe and Ballyhaunis Town bowed out of the competition at the fifth round stage of the competition last week.
The Westport United travelling faithful who have enjoyed many the long trek around the country supporting their team in the FAI Junior Cup, will be staying at home this weekend as New Ross Celtic make the trip from the Sunny South East to the Sportspark in Westport. Westport saw off the challenge of Ballinasloe Town 3-0 in the last round of the competition with Joe Lawless, Pat Fitzgerald and David Cameron all getting in on the scoring act.
Westport bring bags of experience into this game against the Wexford Premier League outfit who are still in the middle of their domestic season. Danny Scahill, David Cameron, Martin Geraghty, Philip Keegan and Darren Browne will be expected to lead the charge for the Coveys.
Ballyhaunis Town made the long trek to Limerick where the faced off against Pike Rovers and took the lead ten minutes in when Jamil Kezze stroked the ball to the back of net from close range. However the Limerick side were having none of it and hit back and ran out 6-1 winners.
Long trips home
Iorras Aontaithe bowed out of the competition in Tipperary, when Clonmel Town held off a valiant challenge from the north Mayo men to book their place in the sixth round of the competition. Clonmel Town went in at the break leading 2-0, despite the Mayo side having the best of the opening exchanges. When Iorras did manage to pull one goal back through Michael S Togher it was deep into injury time and to late.