Elverys Sports Super League
Manulla bounced back from their defeat to arch rivals Ballyglass last weekend, as they easily brushed aside the challenge of Iorrais Aontaithe at Carramore on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win. They dominated from pillar to post as goals from Michael Guilfoyle, Gerry Canavan and former Leeds United, Crewe Alexandra frontman Anthony Elding sealed the win for Tom Healy’s men. And over the road in Celtic Park, two Super League heavyweights were locking horns. Westport Utd bagged their second win of the campaign following their 3-1 win, as goals from David Hoban, Philip Keegan and Jack Murphy ensured that they came away with the spoils.
On Saturday night Glenhest Rovers picked up their first point as they drew 1-1 with Conn Rangers. A Levi Barrett penalty edged Glenhest in front, only for the lively Johnnie Cocozzoa to gain a point for Joe Faughan’s men. Claremorris almost announced their return to the Super League with a stunning win only for hat-trick hero JP O’Gorman to break their hearts in a 5-4 win for Ballyglass.
They raced into a two goal lead by the 42th minute having enjoyed the majority of possession. Ballyglass were stuck in first gear and needed something to spark them into life and Peter Quinn headed home just before the break to cut the deficit. On the resumption O’Gorman opened his account, before slotting home his second of the night in the 52nd minute. When former Ballyhaunis Town man Andrew Cunnane rifled home a free-kick from 35 yards it looked as if Ballyglass had weathered the storm, only for Claremorris to pen them right back with goals from Oisin Brady and Calvin Joyce. JP O’Gorman sealed his hat-trick in the 79th minute following a swift counter-attacking move and in doing so picked up their second win of the campaign.
Ballyheane and Ballina Town was postponed on Saturday night.
Castlecourt Hotel Premier League
Both Swinford and Westport Utd ‘B’ settled for a share of spoils on Saturday night with Paddy O’Donnell and Niall Quinn on target respectively. Bangor Hibs bounced back from their defeat last weekend with a 2-1 win over Fahy Rovers B as goals from sharpshooter Brian McHale and Darren McManamon proved decisive. Straide & Foxford Utd maintained their position at the summit of the league with a comfortable 4-0 win over Kiltimagh/Knock Utd with the goals courtesy of Chris Downey, John Durkan, Chris Moore and Conor Sherry.
Charlestown Athletic and Achill Rovers played out a dead-rubber on Sunday afternoon with neither side breaking the deadlock. in a 0-0 draw. Killala made it two wins from two as they easily brushed aside the challenge of Partry Athletic in a 6-3 thriller. Amazingly, Killala scored all of their of goals in the first half, as Lee Cummins grabbed a hat-trick along with a brace from Rory Gallagher and a penalty from David Cadden.
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There was only one game down for decision with Ballyhaunis Town recording a comfortable 3-1 win over Moy Villa. Jamil Kezze bagged a brace along with a strike from Keith Robinson. Both Crossmolina/Conn Rangers B and Castlebar Celtic ‘B’/Manulla ‘B’ were postponed.
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Ballyglass B picked up three points on Sunday afternoon, as they defeated Ballyvarry Blue Bombers 2-0 with Stephen Martin and Peter Butler on target. Mulranny dished out a 3-0 defeat to Hollister, whilst Snugboro Utd and Newport Town was postponed on Saturday night.