Saturday 20 January 2018

Leaders stay ahead of pack

The St. John's A team which beat Yeats United 4-2 in the Best Western Southern Hotel Super League on Sunday.
The St. John's A team which beat Yeats United 4-2 in the Best Western Southern Hotel Super League on Sunday.

THE TWO top sides in the Super league Aughanagh Celtic and neighbours Boyle Celtic continue to stay ahead of the pack with Ballisodare Utd on F.A.I. Umbro sponsored Junior Cup 1st round duty in Ballinasloe and City Utd hosting Mullingar Athletic in Sean Fallon Park in the 5th round of the same competition.

St John's F.C. hosted north Sligo side Yeats United at the all-weather facility at the I.T. Sligo. Ross Gaynor has St John's F.C back in winning form beating Yeats Utd. 4-2. Conor Brennan bagged a brace while Gary Hargadon and David Rooney were also on target for the Carraroe outfit. Alan O' Dowd scoring twice for the Yeats Men.

Kilglass Inishscrone United currently propping up the league table faced the might of Owen O]'Donoghue and Boyle Celtic at the seaside setting of Enniscrone and it was a game that showed the reason why Boyle Celtic are up there at the upper end of the Super League displaying quality football in this clash which saw the home side see a number of chances go a begging. Celtic led 4-0 at half time and the game was over as a contest after that. Niall Brennan bagged a brace, and Dessie Carlos, Michael Corrigan, Killian Conway, Aaron Calpin and Lee Mc Killan hit one each to see the game end 7- 0 to the visitors.

Calry Bohs are showing good form of late under the guidance of Calry stalwart Eamonn Kelly . Sligo Pallets Premier League

Second placed Carrick Town and Gurteen Celtic came head to head in the I.T all weather facility and a hat-trick from Ray Mulvey, Aabrace from Stephen Sirle and a Jonathon Cassidy super strike saw Carrick Town run out 6-1 winners.

Boyle Celtic Reserves who are going through a bit of a dip in form in recent weeks took on Thomas Walsh's struggling Ballygawley Celtic in the Bowl in Boyle and there must be something new in the Ballygawley water, with Walsh's men recording another win. Keith Hennessy scored for the second week in succession with Joe Kilcullen and Killian Harte making it three fo Ballygawley Celtic. Ray Maughan scored the consolation for Boyle Celtic Reserves.

Chaffpool United were at home to Michael Hynes's Dromore Villa and went ahead mid-way through the first half with a fine individual display from Padraig Murtagh who rounded four players before rifling the ball into the Villa goals. Villa fought on and their efforts were rewarded with ten minutes remaining on the clock when Greg Feeney slotted home the equaliser for a share of the spoils.

The game between M.C.R. F.C. and Cliffoney Celtic reverted to Cliffoney as City Utd were in Junior Cup action in Sean Fallon Park but following an early morning pitch inspection referee Richie Barry postponed the fixture due to water logging on the north Sligo pitch.

Alan Henry and his Premier League leaders Real Tubber are showing that they are not invincible when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to third placed Manor Rangers. Stephen Mathews bagged a brace for Tubber while Alan Hickey did the same for Eugene Gilguns Manor Men.

Strand Celtic Reserves and Seamie O'Boyle's Glenview Stars were in action in Strandhill and the three points were brought home to Forthill with the Stars coming away the winners of this clash with the odd goal in five. Andrew Patton and Gary Cadden scoring for The Reserves, Kenneth Barlow, Gino O'Boyle and Clive Brennan doing the business for the Sligo Town outfit. Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Miantenance Div. 1

Arrow Harps and Easkey Harps did battle in Riverstown and it was the home side that collected the points winning three nil. Daniel Hargadon netted twice and Dylan Edwards hit the third.

It was a case of top versus bottom when League Leaders Coolaney United were at home to low lying Aclare Celtic. Peter Lynch and his United side showed no mercy on the visiting Celtic. A first half brace from Paul Baker set the pace for what was going to be an uphill battle for Aclare. A goal each from James Ellis and Paul Farren in the second half saw the score board read 4-0 at full time. Leitrim Villa will want to forget their trip to the Astro Pitch in Cleveragh. There was little between the sides in the first half other than a Sean Condron Goal which saw the Carraroe outfit lead 1-0 at half time. The second half was a different story, Condron Scored his second, and after that ther was no scarcity of candidates willing t oget their name on the score card, Donal Gallagher, Conor and David Heffernan, Killian Harris, Martin Scanlon Jnr and Conor Mc Tiernan all netting one each finishing 8-0. F.A.I. Umbro Junior Cup 5th Round

Sean Fallon Park in Cranmore was the venue for this fifth round clash of City United versus Mullingar Athletic, and John Loftus United progress to the next round winning 2-1. The City Utd Goals coming courtesyof a Gary Rooney pile driver and an O.G. F.A.I. Umbro Junior Cup 1ST Round

Noel Meenaghan and Ballisodare United took the long trek to Ballinasloe where they took on the Roscommon League's Ballinasloe Town in the second round of the Connacht Cupthe tie ended up all square after extra time. The home side going through after winning 4-3 on penalties. Oscar Traynor

The Sligo Leitrim & District Soccer League representative side under the management of Frank Mc Garry and his trusty assistant John Coen travel to Diamond Park, Ballyare, Letterkenny, on Sunday, December 16th, (2pm) where they will take on the Donegal League. The Sligo Leitrim Side are no longer in contention for qualification to the next round but the result on Sunday next could decide if the Mayo League qualify or whether there could be two representative sides from Donegal progressing to the knock-out stages.

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