Monday 26 September 2016

Westport flourish in the mud to seal league title

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

Westport celebrate
Westport celebrate

A barely recognisable Westport team emerged from a muddy Carrowholly as J1A league Champions last weekend.

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The home side overcame the horrendous weather conditions to run out 45-5 winners over Connemara to lift the J1A trophy.

The league title is the first leg of a potential treble for the Mayo club. Westport have been in terrific form all season and still have a Cawley Cup final and a Heineken Junior Cup to look forward to as the season draws to a close.

The Bulls will also compete in the AIL Round Robin in April as they seek to gain passage to the AIL Ulster Bank Leagues next season.

Westport won 75pc of their league games over the course of the season, drawing one and losing just twice to reach a tally of 45 points after 12 matches.

That was enough to see off the chasing pack, who still have games to play. Westport were pushed all the way in the race for the title, in particular by Ballina who defeated the new league champions home and away to inflict their only league defeats.

The two rivals will renew their battle on March 27 when they face each other in the Junior Cup final at the Sportsground.

Ultimately it was Westport's consistency that saw them over the line to a well deserved league win, and they will hope to keep the positive results flowing as the season draws to a close.

Irish Independent

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