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Who will pick up the coveted Mayo League Player of the Year Award, we will find out tomorrow night when the annual Mayo League Awards take place in the Welcome Inn Hotel in Castlebar. The three players shortlisted for the award are Westport United’s David Cameron, Bangor Hibs’ Brian McHale, and Conn Rangers’ man Owen McNamara.
The Mayo League make the trip to the far edge of Roscommon on Sunday where they will face down against the Roscommon and District League in the first round of the Oscar Traynor Trophy at 2pm.
The Mayo League representative side made the short trip to Eamon Deacy Park in Terryland on Tuesday night for this first round EA Sports Cup tie. But unfortunately they came up short against the SSE Airtricity League side after holding them at bay for more than 75 minutes of the contest. Galway FC had been pushing for a goal all night, but Mayo League goalkeeper Gary Cunningham had been in fantastic form. When he was finally beaten it came from the boot of Marty Owens who fired home at the back post from close range after being set up by Jake Keegan. The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes before the end when Keegan riffled the ball past Cunningham from out on the right hand side after some neat footwork to create the space for the shot.
Sunday morning will see a mass exodus of football supporters from Westport, but rather than heading south to Galway they’ll be pointing their wagons east, in the direction of the small Roscommon village of Lecarrow about 17km west of Athlone to the home of the Roscommon and District Football League. It’s there that Westport United will be looking to put together a historic back-to-back pair of Connacht Junior Cup victories. Last years rain-sodden penalty shootout victory over Athenry in Terryland Park will go down in history as one of the great days in the famous junior club’s history, but if they manage on Sunday to bring the trophy home for the second time in as many years, they’ll be telling tales of this side for many, many years to come around the town.
Following last weekend’s action in the preliminary and quarter finals of the 2013 Mayo championships in the Peter Callaghan Centre home of St Anne’s Boxing Club in Westport, the action will move to north Mayo this weekend, over Saturday and Sunday, where two days of boxing will kick off in the Killala Community Centre at 11am Saturday. On the weekend’s card are 18 semi-finals and 19 finals. In order, the bouts are as follows in the semi-finals; James Collins (Eagle) v Eohan McGowan (Ballina) in Boy 1 39kg, Darragh Gaughan (Knockmore) v Padraig McDonagh (Geesala) Boy 1 42kg, Matthew Murphy (Ballinrobe) v Declan McDonagh (Claremorris), Boy 1 42kg, Ciaran Roddy (Eagle) v Paddy Ward Charlestown), Boy 2 39kg, Ciaran Brogan (Knockmore) v David Livingstone (Castlebar), Boy 2 39kg, Eileen McDonagh (St Anne’s) v Lauren Finn (Ballyhaunis) Girl 2 42kg, Terence Lawrence (Ballina) v William McHale (Castlebar) Boy 4 39kg, Edward Cleary (Ballyhaunis) v Gavin Roache (Castlebar) Boy 4 44kg, Aaron Daly (Castlebar) v Darren Cadden (Ardagh/Cross), Peter Butler (Ballinrobe) v James Carolan (Geesala) Boy 4 52kg, Brian O’Neill (Ballyhaunis) v Martin F Collins (St Anne’s) Youth 1 52kg, James McDonagh (Claremorris) v Jason Sweeney (Knockmore) Youth 1, 52kg, Adam Brennan (Ardagh/Cross) v Liam McStavick (St Anne’s) Youth 1, 52kg, Terri Gleeson (St Anne’s) v Claire McDonagh (Castlebar) Girl 5 57kg, Evan Heneghan (Ballinrobe) v Stephen Chambers (Castlebar) Youth 1 60kg, John J Ward (Gurteen) v Kevin Ward (Castlebar), Youth 1 60kg, Patrick McDonagh (St Anne’s) v Jonathan Mongan (Gurteen), Youth 1 70kg, Benjamin Garrett (Castlebar) v Sean Reilly (Ardagh/Cross) u18 60kg.
When they look back on 2012 in Westport, it’ll be one of the great years to remember for them. They conquered all before and after them, league champions, cup winners and Connacht Cup winners. They took them all on and saw them all off. And there is still the little matter of the FAI Junior Cup come the new year, which they will be targeting to bring home for the second time if they can. There will be plenty of memories for the men in red and black stripes, but Gary Cunningham’s two saves in the penalty shoot-out against Athenry in the Connacht Cup final to set up their win will undoubtedly be the highlight.
It is a case of six of the best for Westport United in the Mayo Advertiser sponsored Mayo League Super League team of the year. The run-away Super League champions have half a dozen players picked in the 4-3-3 formation team of the season. Gary Cunningham gets the nod in goal with Martin Geraghty and Shaun Tagg the centre back pairing. In the middle of the park David Cameron is one of three midfielders with both JP O’Gorman and David Hoban making up two thirds of the strike force. Both Claremorris and Ballina Town have received two nods, with full back pairing of James Stretton and Andrew Shally claiming the awards for the south Mayo men. Michael Duffy earned a spot in the midfield three with Brendan Lavelle picking up his award in the front line. The last spot on the team went to Castlebar Celtic’s Ger O’Boyle whose good form saw him called up to the Irish junior side, before cruelly picking up an injury just before the game.
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An awards presentation celebration was enjoyed by the Mayo League in The Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, last weekend, acknowledging much of the fine talent among players and management.
Nine Galway athletes will be heading to Athens next week as part of the Irish team competing in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games, which begin on June 25.