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The home straight of the Mayo League Super League season is coming into view for the 10 sides in the top division. With five rounds of action left, the defending champions Westport United are sitting top of the table just one point clear of challengers Manulla. On Saturday evening a full round of fixtures is down for decision in the top division.
By the time you read this Westport United could have joined Straide and Foxford United and Manulla at the top of the table on 16 points, or Castlebar Celtic could move just one point behind the two table toppers and just into third place over Westport United by a point. The two grand old clubs of Mayo soccer met in Celtic Park yesterday evening in one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes so far this season. Also in action last night were fifth placed Claremorris and a bottom of the table Ballina Town, a game Ballina really need to pick up some points in as they look to pull themselves away from the relegation battle.
League leaders Straide and Foxford United will look to keep their place at the top of the Super League this weekend when they make the trip to Glenhest Rovers. Last weekend, the men from Green Road had a 3-1 win against fellow newly promoted side Achill Rovers at home. United hit their visitors hard in the first half and went in leading 3-0 at the break thanks to goals from Kevin Langdon, Conor Sherry and John Durkan. A Kevin McGinty goal in the second half cut the gap back to two, but the home side were able to hold on for their fourth win of the season.
This weekend sees the 2017 Mayo League soccer season kick off, with 34 different sides lined up for competition this season. In the top division all eyes will be fixed on seeing whether anyone can finally step up and stop Westport United's domination of the league. Last season Ballina Town gave it a right good go, but came up short down the home stretch with John Brennan's men edging them out down the home stretch.