City sides set to meet in Michael Byrne Cup final

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Mike Rafferty

Corrib Rangers and Mervue United will contest this season’s Michael Byrne Cup decider after the city sides registered semi final wins over Corrib Celtic and Athenry on Sunday morning. While Rangers got their expected victory over the Second Division side, it was the performance of Mervue in seeing off favourites Athenry that really caught the eye.

In league action the margin is down to four points in the top flight as Corrib Rangers continue to lead the way, but after being held by West United in midweek they allowed Athenry close the gap as they easily dismissed the challenge of NUIG at Dangan. Both sides have three games left, while they also have to face one another before the finale.


The First Division continues to provide intrigue and with long time leaders St Bernard’s losing at the weekend, it opened the door for other candidates. Mervue United B, with games in hand, can still be crowned champions if they win all four remaining games and Bernard’s slip up in their last game against Dynamo Blues who are also in the promotion mix.

In the Second Division, some of the city teams seem to have fallen by the wayside and on the back of a six match winning streak, Tuam Celtic have taken over top spot from OLBC. Corrib Celtic, with games in hand, are the remaining contenders, but with a lot of the challenging sides still having to face one another, anything is possible.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.