Saturday 18 November 2017

Fixtures disrupted by weekend's wet weather

A COMBINATION of inclement weather and a technical issue with floodlights took its toll on fixtures over the weekend.

The Premier League fixtures between Dromore Villa V Carrick Town and Real Tubber V Boyle Celtic Reserves fell to the weather. The Division One game between Easkey Harps and St. Johns B had to be abandoned due to a failure of one block of floodlights and following advice from Sligo Branch Secretary of the Soccer referees society Mr Bernard Roycroft it was decided in the interest of player and spectator safety to abandon the game. The Connacht Cup 2nd round tie between Arrow Harps and Gurteen Celtic also fell as neither pitch was playable.

As a mark of respect to the family of the late Grainne Costello the game between Glenview Stars and Manor Ranges scheduled for 11 A.M. on Sunday was postponed. Grainne is the wife of Glenview Stars Stalward Hughie Costello.

In second place on the Super League table albeit by goal difference only, Aughanagh Celtic who had to forfeit home advantage as their pitch was unplayable and were forced to travel Northwards to Carney Village where they took on Yeats United. The South Sligo side under the management of David Craig go top of the Super League having beaten the Yeats Men 2-1. Paul Mc Tiernan and Kevin Barry on supplying the goals for Aughanagh, John Bellew with the consolation for Yeats United. Boyle Celtic & City United were on F.A.I. Umbro Junior Cup duty.

Calry hosted the mid tabled clash between Calry Bohs and Bart Folan's Cartron United and it was the home side that went ahead early in the game courtesy of a fine strike from Owen Nicholson, Cartron proved to be tough opposition and replied almost instantly with John Harte scoring twice in quick succession. Chris Cleary then equalised for Eamonn Kelly's Calry Bohs to leave the sides level at the end of a very fast paced first half. The second half was a lot less exciting until Owen Nicholson popped up to net the winner for Calry Bohs who are now two points clear of Folans's Sligo Town side.

Kilglass Inishscrone Utd who have only managed one win this season and lie on the bottom of the table with three points welcomed St Johns F.C. to the West Sligo resort and held their own until late in the second half when Anthony Johnstone fumbled the ball over the line to score the only goal of the game for St Johns.

Third placed Ballisodare United took the short hop to Strandhill where they took on beachcombers Strand Celtic who are now Managed by Maurice Monaghan who is also a member of the Sligo Rovers Coaching staff. Maurice was a formidable player in junior soccer and a member of the Sligo Leitrim representative side that won the Oscar Traynor trophy in 1985 a side that was managed by League Secretary Noel M Kennedy. Maurice now faces the task of turning around Celtic's recent run of poor form. Ballisodare won this tie by the odd goal in five. Ibrahim Savage bagged a brace while Trevor Henry and Conor Davey scored for Noel Meenaghan's United. The on form Gary Melly has now scored on his last three outings for Strand Celtic bagging a brace in this clash.

John Lynch and his long serving assistants Martin Fox and Mickey Weir saw their M.C.R. F.C. battle out a tough clash with South Sligo side Chaffpool United on Sean Fallon Park in the Sligo Pallets Premier League. John Scanlons men brought the three points home winning one nil courtesy of an early Brendan Brogan lone strike. M.C.R. enjoyed most of the dominance in the game but despite having several shots on target they just could not convert the efforts into goals. Strand Celtic Reserves and Cliffoney Celtic were in action on the Astro Pitch at the I.T. Sligo and Mick Mc Enroes men claimed the bragging rights coming away winners as a result of the odd goal in three. Paddy Heraghty and Andrew Patton on target for Strand Celtic Reserves, Gerard White with the equaliser for Dessie O Connor's Cliffoney Celtic who remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League Table. In the Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One Leagu Aclare Celtic who are using the Astro Pitch at Cleveragh as their home pitch this season hosted Frank McGarry's Merville United and the Maugheraboy side took no prisoners in this tie. Leading Goal scorer David Blaine added four more to his tally for this season , Enda Mc Gowan bagged a brace with David Martyn, Alax Rousselet, Simon Gilmartin and Ryan Mc Combe all finding the net to go home with the three points in the bag winning 10-0

Oscar Traynor: Our League representative squad continue their preparations for next Sunday's tie against the Mayo League in the Oscar Traynor competition. Manager Frank Mc Garry and his assistant John Coen have requested that all players that have been selected attend at Ray Mac Sharry Complex for training on Wednesday 28th Nov. at 7.30 P.M. Sharp.

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