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Ballyheane v Westport United
The last Mayo League side standing the Connacht Junior Cup will be looking to take a big scalp when they head to Galway on Sunday afternoon. Iorras Aontaithe will take on Mervue United in the quarter-final stages of the competition and look to do what fellow Super League side Ballyheane were unable to do in the last round, knock out the Galway city outfit. Mervue are currently sitting in second place in the Premier Division in Galway, five points behind leaders Athenry, with one game left to go in the league and are one of five Galway sides to make the last eight of the Connacht Junior Cup.
Castlebar Celtic are on the look out for a new manager after Stevie Gavin stepped down from his position after their 7-2 win over Straide and Foxford on Sunday afternoon in Green Road. The news of Gavin’s departure will come as a shock so early in the season, which is only two games old.
Manulla exited the Connacht Junior Cup at the fifth round stage on Sunday in Carramore, when they lost 3-1 to visitors Corrib Celtic.
For the 36 of the 40 teams spread over the four divisions in the Mayo League it all kicks off this weekend with the first round of fixtures down for decision. The summer soccer season is ready to go and things get moving in all four tiers with a bang on Saturday evening.
Ballina secured their status as a top division side in Connacht junior rugby last Sunday when they saw off the challenge of Castlebar in Ballyhaunis in a nail-biting promotion-relegation play-off.
Both Castlebar and Ballina bowed out of the Cawley Cup last weekend at the quarter-final stage. The county town side lost out in an all Mayo clash against a Westport side who are ramping up their preparations for the Connacht Junior Cup final next weekend, while Westport lost out Monivea in Heffernan Park.
Iorras Aontaithe were the only Mayo winners in last weekend’s Connacht Cup action. The north Mayo men booked their place in round six of the competition with a 3-1 win over fellow Mayo League side Conn Rangers in Carnenash. Iorras took the lead early in the second half through a Brendan Nallen freekick. The Mount Falcon men pulled themselves level just after the 65 minute mark when Shane Maughan found the back of the net. However the homeside went back into the lead around 10 minutes before the end when Jason Boylan pounced, and the win was made safe not long after when Peter Murphy grabbed their third goal.
Last weekend’s round of 32 in the Connacht Junior Cup was hit by a number of postponements due to the weather around the province, but two Mayo sides did manage to book their places in the next round of the competition.