Boyle Celtic stay on top after a ten-goal thriller
NOEL Meenaghan's mid-tabled Ballisodare United were at home to Super League leaders Boyle Celtic and it turned out to be the tie of the weekend with a total of ten goals.
Niall Brennan put himself in contention for leading goal scorer netting four, Aaron Calpin hit two more for manager Gerry Emmet's Celtic. Ibrahim Savage bagged a brace while Conor Davey and Paul Mc Garrigle struck one each. The result sees Boyle Celtic retain their top spot in the Super League winning 6-4.
Strand Celtic climbed out of the relegation zone with a one nil win over fourth placed Calry Bohs. Maurice Monaghan's beachcombers chose to play the tie on the Astro Pitch at I.T. Sligo and it paid off as his side beat Eamon Kelly's by a lone goal. Johnny Davey's super strike was brilliantly saved by the Calry 'keeper but unfortunately he parried the save and Ryan Lynch was on hand to slot home the winner from close range.
Thomas Walsh's Ballygawley Celtic playing on the Astro Pitch in Cleveragh took on Dessie O' Connor's Cliffoney Celtic. Darragh Hoey put the North Sligo men in front early in the game but his strike was cancelled out when Donal Harte equalised on the stroke of half- time.
They were to be the only scores of the game which sees both sides remain as they were on the table going into this game.
St Johns B who having been enjoying life at the top of the Division took on Arrow Harps on the Astro Facility at the I.T. Sligo. The first half was a lively affair with both sides pushing for the opener without success. Paschal Duignans men won this tie 1-0 courtesy of a Dylan Edwards strike in the fiftieth minute and due to the fact that Coolaney United's game was postponed it means that the Carraroe outfit retain top spot in Division One for the moment.
Aclare Celtic who are still without a win this season took on Merville United in the afternoon fixture on the Astro Pitch in Cleveraghand it was another bad day at the office for Tommy Gaughan who saw his West Sligo Side beaten by an in-form Merville United. Leading goal scorer David Blain added one to his tally, Simon Gilmartin also hit one with Ryan Mc Coombe and Enda Mc Gowan both hitting two each to see the clash finish 6-2 in the Sligo Town sides favour.
Umbro F.A.I. Junior Cup 7th Round
John Loftus and his trusty assistant Michael Mc Tiernan took their City United squad back to county Cork for the second time this season where they took on Pearse Celtic hoping to progress to the Quarter Finals of the F.A.I. Junior Cup. The Sligo side went a goal down after only five minutes. Captain Fantastic Keith Nibbs with his Junior International experience led his team by example and the first half onslaught paid off when Nibbs himself struck a cracker to see the side's level 1-1 at half time. Ten minutes into the second half City were again trailing and despite the fact that they had total control of the second half play they just could not find the second equaliser. The tie ended 2-1 to the lee-siders with the Pearse Celtic goal keeper winning the man of the match award following many fine saves which see them safely into the next round. City United are not being dealt the easiest of Cup Draws following two away trips to Cork and one to Ballybofey they now face the task of an away trip to Galway League Division 2 side Colga F.C. in the fourth round of the Connacht Junior Cup in Clarinbridge.
Connacht Junior Cup 3rd Round
There was no joy for Super League sides in the 3rd round of the Connacht Junior Cup this weekend, Aughanagh Celtic were beaten 3-2 by Galway League side St Patricks and Ballymote also went out of the competition having been beaten 7-1 by Roscommon League Sisde Ballaghdereen United.