Two local sides through to Connacht quarter-finals

Special shout out this week to Ballinasloe and Ballaghaderreen who, as predicted by this column last week, made it through to the Connacht Cup quarter-finals.

  Ballinasloe hammered NUI Galway B 5-2, while Ballaghaderreen held their nerve to see off the mighty West United from Galway 5-3 on penalties following a cracking 2-2 draw. Best of luck to both sides in the next round!

  With the fixtures coming thick and fast there’s barely time to draw breath as the Roscommon & District League attempt to make up for a wet winter.

  There are even fixtures down for today, (Thursday, March 17th) St Patrick’s Day of all days! All games kick-off at 11 am across all three divisions.

  In the Premier Division, Dysart entertain Ballinasloe Town, St. John’s Athletic take on Moore United in Lecarrow while Skyvalley Rovers host Ballymoe FC.

  In Division One, Ballaghaderreen host Shiven Rovers while Loughglynn United take on Kilkerrin United.

  Down in Division Two, CP Ajax entertain Skyvalley Rovers B, KC Celtic host Moylough 79 and MD Town B visit Roscommon United.

  There are no games Friday, which doesn’t surprise us, as heading a Mitre ball after Paddy’s Day would be no craic at all!

  Here we preview this weekend’s action with a view to predicting how it’s all going to work out.

Saturday, March 19th

The Herald Premier Division

Cloonfad United v MD Town (7.45 pm): This one isn’t easy with both sides needing points, home advantage swings it. Prediction: Cloonfad United.

Norio’s Takeaway Division One (8 pm)

Ballinasloe Town B v Ahascragh United: On paper this has the potential to be one of the games of the weekend. That’s why we’re predicting a 0-0 draw! Prediction: Draw.

Sunday, March 20th

The Herald Premier Division (all games 2 pm)

Dysart FC v Ballaghaderreen FC: The visitors need the points and will prevail. Prediction: Ballaghaderreen FC.

St. John’s Athletic v Ballinasloe Town: This could be very one-sided, Ballinasloe looked good last weekend and usually come good this time of year. Prediction: Ballinasloe Town.

Castlerea Celtic v Skyvalley Rovers: This should be tight but Castlerea will just have enough. We think. Prediction: Castlerea Celtic.

Norio’s Takeaway Division One

Brazukas v Glen Celtic (11 am): The Brazilians will fancy their chances here. Prediction: Brazukas.

Rahara Rovers v Loughglynn United (2 pm): Rahara are in desperate need of points and this could prove to be a massive weekend. But it won’t. Loughglynn will win. Prediction: Loughglynn United.

Killeen Sports Ground Division Two (2 pm unless stated)

KC Celtic v St. John’s Athletic: A game for the footballing purists, this one. Both sides have been hit and miss this season. KC Celtic have been slightly more hit. Prediction: KC Celtic.

MD Town B v Lough Harps (11 am): Lough Harps are going to Division One, only a matter of time. One step closer this weekend. Prediction: Lough Harps.

Moylough 79 v Moore United B: The home side will want to keep pace with the top two and should manage it this weekend. Prediction: Moylough 79.

Roscommon United v CP Ajax: I was recently accosted in a local establishment by a rather menacing looking chap, who wanted to know why I never predict a Roscommon United win. Prediction: Roscommon United.