Westport one step from the title

Last weekend they celebrated the opening of their new home with a comfortable 4-0 over Glenhest Rovers in the FAI Junior Cup third round, and this Sunday Westport United will be hoping to have some more celebrations as they look to claim a three-in-a-row of Super League titles.

The Covies are two points clear of Ballina Town in the table with Ballyglass a further point back in third place, the odds are favouring the defending champions picking up another title at the end of a season that has seen the title race come to a dramatic conclusion over the past number of weeks.

Fresh from their 4-0 win over Glenhest Rovers last week, United will face the same opponents this weekend again, this time on the road in Glenhest. United have lost just twice this season, going down to Ballina Town away from home in early July, before Ballyglass turned them over 3-0 in Keaveny Park in September. The sides met in the return league fixture in round one and United were 2-0 winners thanks to goals from David Hoban and Adam Mulchrone.

Hoping for a slip up by Westport United are a Ballina Town side who are also on the road on Sunday when they head to take on sixth placed Claremorris. Ballina were involved in a cup game against Manulla last weekend that needed extra time to get a winner, with two goals from Benny Lavelle in the additional period the decisive scores for the north Mayo men. When Ballina hosted Claremorris back in the early stages of the league, they were 1-0 winners in Belleek with Dylan McKee getting the goal.

Ballyglass are also mathematically not out of contention for the title and on Sunday they will take on Manulla in a game they must win if they are to have any chance of getting some advantage from any slip up from the sides above them.

At the bottom of table, it is all to play for between Ballyheane and Iorras Aontaithe with both sides locked on 11 points in the last relegation spot, with Conn Rangers already going down to the Premier Division for next season. Both sides will kick off their final day games at 12 noon, with Iorras Aontaithe making the trip to the county town to take on Castlebar Celtic, while Ballyheane will be heading north to Mount Falcon to take on the already relegated Conn Rangers. With Conn Rangers already relegated Ballyheane will go into this weekend as favourities to maintain their status in the top division, but with a 2-1 win over Premier Division champions Straide and Foxford United last weekend in the FAI Junior Cup, Conn showed there is still some kick left in them. Iorras also showed good form last weekend with a 7-0 win over Achill Rovers in the FAI Junior Cup and they will be looking to bring that with them into this Sunday's do or die game with the Hoops in Celtic Park.


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