THE BEST Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League saw joint leaders Aughanagh Celtic and neighbours Boyle Celtic battle out a mouth-watering "Clash of the Titans" challenge for top pot. With only the narrowest of goal difference between the two sides going into this tie it was sure to be a thriller.
Paul Mc Tiernan scored early in the second half followed by another from Brian Craig which saw the visitors go 2-0 up before Lee Mc Killen pulled one back for Aughanagh and then James Carty scored the equaliser. With only minutes remaining on the clock Referee Paul Kilcoyne pointed to the spot and awarded Aughanagh a penalty kick and Aughanagh must have felt the three points were theirs. However it ended all square as Paul Mc Tiernan saw his penalty strike go a begging and the top spots on the table remain the same.
Third placed Ballisodare Utd travelled to Brother Walfrid Park where they took on mid-tabled Ballymote Celtic under the guidance of Sean Irwin and the visitors came away with the three points. Conor Davey, Ibrahim Savage and Mc Munn netting one each with Conor Meehan and Karl Scully on target for Ballymote.
Seanie Maguire brought his St. Johns A to the Astro Turf Cleveragh where they took on Bart Folan's Cartron Utd. Knowing that a win would see them leap-frog their opponents into at least fourth place and all went according to Seanie's plans with Gavin Butler, Brian Keaney, Conor Brennan and Gary Hargadon all on target for "The A Team". Billy Brennan Gary Finan and Cormac Coyne netting for united in a seven goal thriller. A Clive Sommers hat-trick, and one each from "Captain Fantastic" Gary Rooney Chris Kelly and Stephen Hallahan
City united lying in an unusual eighth place in the Super League table but with a number of games in hand were at home in Sean Fallon Park to Yeats Utd and a Clive Sommers hat-trick, and one each from "Captain Fantastic" Gary Rooney Chris Kelly and Stephen Hallahan secured all three points for John Loftus men. Yeats united try as they did could only manage a John Bellew consolation strike.
The sea-siders of Kilglass Inishscrone united took on beach combers Strand Celtic in this bottom of the table clash which saw the West Sligo outfit on the losing side of a 2-0 game Gary Melly and Ryan Lynch on hitting the onion bag for Strand Celtic to stay one step above bottom placed Kilglass Inishscrone united. Sligo Pallets Premier League
Manor Rangers took control of their home clash with Dromore Villa from the outset and were awarded a penalty in the early stages of the first half. Gary Hickey struck the spot kick calmly and with precision beating the Manor net minder. Their second coming after some good combination play found Daniel Skimmin free to slot home from short range. Shane Feeney scored the consolation goal for the West Sligo side. 2- 1 the final score.
Boyle Celtic Reserves travelled the short distance up the N4 and took the challenge to Carrick Town who were in second place on the Premier League table prior to this weekend's proceedings and the game ended honours even 2-2. Boyle Celtic went one up early on through a Dermot Beggan power shot, and lead 2-0 at half time when Ray Maughan made it 2-0. A second half fight back saw Ray Mulvey pull one back for the visitors and it looked as though the home side had secured the win until a John Dyer own goal late on saw game end spoils even.
It was to have been a North Sligo versus South Sligo battle when John Scanlon and his merry men from Chaffpool Utd welcomed Dessie O Connor and Cliffoney Celtic in a bottom of the league tie. However overnight rain took its toll on the pitch and referee Ted Maloney' had no choice but to call the game off for safety reasons and the fixture will be re-scheduled in due course.
Alan Henry and his Premier League Leaders Real Tubber took on John Lynch's Sligo Town side M.C.R. F.C. and it was the South Sligo Side that triumphed with no scarcity of goal scorers Stephen Mathews, Hugh Marren, Fergal Mc Donagh and Gerry Henry on target and consolidating their dominance at the top of table. Johnny Gilligan scored the consolation goal for M.C.R. F.C.
Strand Celtic Reserves were at home to Ballygawley Celtic and they piled the woe on Celtic in a hard fought five goal thriller. Ballygawley will feel they might have taken more from the game having looked the sharper of the two sides for many periods of the game. Jamie Brannigan, Andrew Patton and Keelan Cawley scoring one each for the "Beachcombers" Mark White and Keith Hennessy on target for Ballygawley Celtic. Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Maintenance Division One
Arrow Harps were awarded all three points by means of a walkover as league strugglers Aclare Celtic were unable to field.
Third place Merville Utd. with four games in hand on the leaders and under the astute management of Frank Mc Garry and Conor O Grady at home in Maugheraboy took on the might of league leaders St Johns B and Manager Barry Dunbar may will have to rally his troops after today's game which ended 5-2 in favour of the home side. A hattrick from Division One leading goal scorer David Blaine and one each from Alan Gaule and Michael Mc Dermot gave Merville Utd the bragging rights over the Carraroe Side who replied with a brace from Donal Gallagher.
Leitrim Villa and Easkey harps both languishing in the lower end of the league table fought out a tough battle on the Astro Facility at Cleveragh on Sunday afternoon and it was Villa who emerged worthy winners with a six goal salvo. Kevin Lynch struck twice with Rafa Nazaruk Eunan Treacy Kevin Mc Tiernan and super sub Enda Maxwell scoring a screamer for a jubilant Leitrim Villa. Conor Scott pulled back a late goal for a battling Easkey Harps but the day and the points belongs to the Villa.