Westport Utd

  • Westport native Conor O'Malley has been called into the Republic of Ireland provisional squad for the friendly games against Celtic (May 20), France (May 28) and United States (June 2) by manager Martin O'Neill/

    The 23 year old Peterborough United goalkeeper O'Malley has started nine games this season for "Posh" and is one of four players to receive their first call ups alongside Graham Burke of Shamrock Rovers, Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams, and Preston North End forward Callum Robinson. 

    Previously with St Patrick's Athletic, Conor was a part of a talented and successful Maynooth University team before making the move across the water. 

    According to the FAI website some players "will drop out of the squad after the Celtic game on Sunday, May 20 in Celtic Park, while others will only report into camp ahead of the trip to Paris to take on France on Monday, May 28 in Stade de France and the home game against the United States on June 2."

    Republic of Ireland Men's National Team - Provisional Squad
    Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers), Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United)
    Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End)
    Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), David Meyler (Hull City), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), 
    Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers)

  • Summa Sports Connacht Champions Cup 
    Quarter Finals
    1. Mervue Utd v Carbury FC
    2. Westport Utd v Ballinasloe 
    3. Manulla v Athenry FC
    4. St Peter's v Strand Celtic 

    Semi-Finals
    3 v 4
    2 v 1 

  • Former Westport Utd player Conor O’Malley has been included in the final Republic of Ireland Senior squad for the matches against France on Monday night in Saint-Denis and USA on Saturday 2nd June in the Aviva Stadium. Conor has just reported to the Republic of Ireland team base in Dublin where he will meet up with the rest of the squad prior to the two international matches.

    Westport United has congratulated Conor on making the final squad and wishes him the best of luck.

     

  • John Russell, manager of the Westport United Super League team, has been appointed the Assistant Manager of Sligo Rovers for the forthcoming season.

    John will be taking up his new post in January as number two to Liam Buckley.

    Chairman of Westport United Myles Staunton has thanked Mr Russell for his commitment to the club, and wished him well in his new role with Sligo Rovers.

     

  • Westport United FC is delighted to announce that John Russell has been appointed as the new manager of the club’s Super League team. John’s recent coaching background is of the highest calibre, and he is the current FAI Regional Development Officer for Sligo and John has vast experience of playing the game at elite national level, having played football in the League of Ireland for the last 15 years for Galway Utd, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers with noteworthy success, having won two FAI Cups, a League title, a League Cup and the Setanta Sports Cup. His footballing talents at underage also earned him recognition at an international level where he has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at Schoolboys and U.19 level.

    Since starting to work on his coaching badges, he holds coaching qualifications in UEFA

    Elite A Youth Licence, UEFA A Licence Coach, Level 2 Coach Education Tutor with Coaching Ireland and Level 2 Child Welfare Tutor. John is well noted for his meticulous preparation and possesses excellent organisational and implementation skills to ensure his teams are rehearsed in the finer points of the game.

    When asked what it means to managing such a prestigious junior football club such as

    Westport United, John Russell stated ‘I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to manage Westport United Football Club. It is an impressive club with great history and I look forward to working with all the players and staff. The season is nearly upon us so we will be busy over the next few weeks getting the players ready for the start of what will hopefully be an exciting year.’

    Club Chairman, Myles Staunton welcomed the appointment of John Russell, saying ‘As a progressive football club, Westport United is delighted to secure the services of John Russell as manager of our Super League side and his credentials tick all the boxes as we look to take our flagship team to the next level. Everyone here is looking forward to working with John who will bring a fresh voice and different ideas to the dressing room and we are looking forward to some very exciting times ahead at United Park under John’s stewardship.’  The appointment of someone of John’s calibre and experience reflects the club’s ambition to take the Super League team to the next level in terms of Connaught and the FAI Junior competitions.  There is no reason why a club like Westport United should not be competing at the end game of such competitions.

    Everyone at Westport United FC is excited that John will bring a level of professionalism to the role, which will hopefully bring our club to the next level with the players looking forward to working under him and we are sure that John will have no doubt that he will receive a great Westport welcome by our loyal supporters who give him their full support.

    I would like to thank the club’s selection committee, Stephen Duffy (Chairman), Padraig Burns, Ray McLoughlin and Michael McDonagh and the contribution of Michael McDonnell, the Club’s Vice Chairman for undertaking a thorough selection process resulting in an excellent appointment, which has been ratified by the club committee.

    Finally, I would like to thank the Castlecourt Hotel for their loyal and ongoing sponsorship of the Super League team which is much appreciated.

  • Three Mayo sides are in round 5 action of the FAI New Balance Junior Cup on Sunday.

    Westport Utd make the trip to take on Ballinasloe Town.

    Conn Rangers welcome Sheriff YC while Castlebar Celtic host Usher Celtic.

    All games on Sunday kick off at 2pm.

  • SFAI Skechers U13 Cup CFA Regional Final
    Mervue Utd 1-0 Westport Utd 
    (Mark O'Halloran with the goal 

     

  • SFAI U13 Cup 
    Westport Utd 1-6 St Joseph's 

    SFAI U12 Cup 
    Donnacarney Celtic 1-0 Westport Utd 

  • Connacht Champions Cup Quarter Finals
    Westport Utd 3-1 Ballinasloe Town 
    Manulla 0-1 Athenry FC

  • Connacht U12 Cup Final 
    Maree Oranmore 2-2 Westport Utd 

    (Westport win 3-2 on penalties) 

  • Connacht Champions Cup Semi-Final 
    Westport Utd 1-2 Carbury FC

  • Westport Utd has paid tribute to former player, coach, committee member and Chairman, Ollie Gannon who has passed away following a battle with illness.

    In a statement today the club say Ollie came from a family with a tradition in Westport United. His father, Bertie served on the committee for a number of years and was Vice-Chairman at one point. Out of Ollie’s siblings, Austin played for Westport Crusaders and Damien, like Ollie, played for Westport United reserves. Ollie’s nephew, Kenneth carries on the family heritage, being the club’s Public Relations Officer and another nephew, Darren has played for the Club’s Premier Division team.

    Ollie’s connections to football wasn’t strictly Westport United; like most of his family, Ollie had a huge input into the development of McConville Park as a football pitch and a community facility for the residents of the Cathair na Mart Estate and that facility over the years honed the talents of many footballers to wear the Red and Black or just to have a kick about for recreational purposes and Ollie would have been proud of the talent that played on McConville Park over the last forty plus years and went on to represent Westport United with distinction.

    While Ollie only had a very modest playing record, playing with the Westport United Reserves, Ollie had a fantastic record as a coach. A number of the FAI Junior Cup winning side of 2005, including Team Captain, Brian Kennedy played underage football under Ollie and Ollie was manager of the Westport United U.15 side of 1988/89 that won the Mayo League, Mayo Cup and Connaught Cup. Twenty two years later, his nephew Kenneth was involved with the Westport United U.16 side that emulated that record. Ollie’s coaching wasn’t just confined to Westport United; he was involved with the Mayo Kennedy Cup side of 1990/91 alongside Johnny Burke (Snugboro United), Brian Johnson (Straide and Foxford United) and Michael Webb (Ballyhaunis). Former Republic of Ireland underage international, Simon Webb was involved in that squad.

    Ollie sat on the Westport United Youths Committee for a number of years and was on the first Westport United committee when Westport United and Westport United Youths merged following an Extraordinary General Meeting back in December 1992. Ollie remained on the committee for a few more years, assuming the role as Chairman from 1995 to 1996. During Ollie’s year as Chairman, Westport United withdrew from the Connaught Senior League after seven largely unsuccessful years. Also a number of Westport United legends from yesteryear were honoured at a Westport United Dinner Dance back in 1996. As a committee member, Ollie was an assiduous member who contributed greatly to the running of club affairs.

    Westport United FC have extended a Vote of Sympathy to the family of the late Ollie Gannon.

  • Connacht U12 Cup Semi-Final

    Westport United 3-2 Mervue United

  • FAI Junior Cup Round 5

    Usher Celtic 5-0 Castlebar Celtic

    Sheriff YC 5-1 Conn Rangers

    Westport Utd 1-0 Ballinasloe Town