Sunday the 18th December seen the last games on 2016 in The Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League as well as the final game in the current Sligo Pallets Premier League.
The leagues kicked off on Sunday the 28th August and what a roller coaster ride we have had so far. The Sligo Southern Hotel Super League has seen One Hundred and Twenty-two games played with Three Hundred and twenty-one goals scored. Carbury lead the way now with forty-five goals for and only thirteen conceded in twelve games. Ballisodare United, Strand Celtic and Manor Rangers are close behind but the real danger will come from Boyle Celtic. The current champions are in a rich vein of form and experiencing a great run in the FAI Junior Cup but they are six games in arrears to Carbury FC who have focused their entire season on the Super league. Can Boyle Celtic go all the way in the FAI Junior Cup well their next game is away to Ballina Town FC on the 15th January a game they should win but at the end of the day the pursuit of the elusive FAI Junior Cup might well see them lose out on the domestic scene. It’s a big call but Boyle like Carbury have the pedigree so its exciting times ahead.
Carbury keep their title challenge on course this weekend with yet another victory this time at home to a very young and talented Ballymote Celtic. Gary Finan and Dylan Edwards scoring a goal apiece with Ibraham Savage netting twice once from the penalty spot while Mark Hughes scored for Ballymote Celtic.
Ballisodare United took all three points by the odd in three in a hard fought but fair encounter against Glenview Stars Keith Gilmartin fired Ballisodare into the lead on twenty-five minutes and ten minutes later Ronan Sweeney made it two nil for the Boys of Ballisodare. Glenview Stars were fast of the mark in the second half with Clive Brennan whipping home a fine effort three minutes into the second half. Stars now pushed forward looking for that elusive equaliser but Ballisodare stood solid and in the end, took all three points.
Strand Celtic made the short journey to Hazelwood for their encounter with Calry Bohs. Strand were well up for this and were three goals to the good at half time courtesy of a glorious double for Mark Mc Callion and a third from the talented Ryan Mc Manus. Calry Bohs staged a comeback in the second half with a goal each from Michael Flynn and the very impressive Conor Griffin but Strand had the final say when Carl Mc Enroe sealed the issue hitting the fourth goal for an impressive Strand Celtic.
Leitrim Super League Kingpins Manor Rangers welcomed Yeats United to the Bee Park Manorhamilton and the home side proved the strongest. Niall Walshe scoring twice with a goal apiece for Seamus Ryder and Brian Mc Donald stealing the show for Manor Rangers. Yeats battled all the way with the irrepressible Paul Logan cracking home a fine goal and the young Caoileann Carty also on the mark for a much-improved Yeats United.
Boyle Celtic continue their rich vein of form winning eventually against a very strong and impressive St John’s at Celtic Park. Boyle. It was a game of changing fortunes with St John’s leading at one stage courtesy of two brilliant goals from David Heffernan. Boyle should their mettle with a fine strike from Shane Battles bringing them back into the game. The second half seen Boyle pull out all the stops with a goal each from Niall Brennan and Danny Browne leaving them a goal ahead then with ten minutes left. St John’s fought back and Robbie Fahy netted the equaliser and a shock looked in store. Boyle Celtic moved up through the gears with Mick Corrigan netting five minutes from time and on the stoke of fulltime Niall Brennan adding his second and the killer strike to keep the champions on course to retain their title.
The Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier has seen One Hundred and Thirty-Two games played with three hundred and fifty-six goals scored. Ballygawley Celtic top the leader board on points but MCR in second spot have the most goals scored and least conceded. Apart from the statistics its really all to play for as the top six will do battle for the Premier title. Carrick Town welcome MCR to the showgrounds Arrow Harps have neighbours Ballygawley Celtic and North Sligo Kingpins Cliffoney Celtic welcome Merville United to Mullaghmore all this on the 8th January in the first round of the 2017 Premier Title chase no games here for the faint of heart.
Arrow Harps rounded off their Christmas fixtures at home to Real Tubber leading striker Daniel Willis hitting four goals bringing his tally to nineteen league goals and counting. A goal each from Andy Flynn, Ciaran O Connor Declan Willis and Karl Mc Kenna rounded off a great day for the Riverstown Boys. Real Tubber scored twice courtesy of Matthew Mulhern and despite this loss Real Tubber can now focus on the Division One Title and this young side can and will be a force to be reckoned.
The Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One sees Dromore Villa welcome grange side Benbulben FC to the Villa grounds while Real Tubber entertain neighbours Chaffpool United it what promises to be an absolute cracker of a game while the young guns of Merville will put up a good show against the very impressive Cliffoney Celtic all this and more to come the 8th Jan.
Results: Sunday 18th December
The Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League:
Ballisodare United 2 Glenview Stars 1; Manor Rangers 4 Yeats United 2; Carbury FC 4 Ballymote Celtic 1; Calry Bohs 2 Strand Celtic FC 4; Boyle Celtic 5 St. John’s FC 3;
Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League:
Arrow Harps 8 Real Tubber 2;
Fixtures Friday 6th January KO7.30pm Oscar Traynor
Sligo Leitrim DSL v Donegal League
Ray Mac Sharry Complex
Fixtures Sunday 8th January KO 11am:
The Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League
Yeats United v Glenview Stars; Aughanagh Celtic v Manor Rangers; Calry Bohs v St. John’s FC; Boyle Celtic v Ballymote Celtic; Carbury FC v Strand Celtic FC;
Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League:
Carrick Town FC v MCR FC; Arrow Harps v Ballygawley Celtic; Cliffoney Celtic v Merville United;
Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One
Dromore Villa v Benbulben FC; Real Tubber v Chaffpool United; Coolaney United v Gurteen Celtic;
The Management Committee of the Sligo Leitrim DSL and its affiliates wish to extend their sincere condolences to our Premier League Sponsor and dear Friend Andrew Mullen on the death of his brother John. RIP. To all the Mullen Family our deepest sympathies.
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Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League 18th December ©
|3||Strand Celtic FC||12||6||4||2||39||22||17||22|
|9||St. John’s FC||11||3||3||5||31||33||-2||12|
Ej’s Leading Scorers: (15) Andrew Patton Ballisodare Utd (13) Dylan Edwards Carbury (12) Seamus Ryder Manor Rangers (10) Gareth Kelly Strand Celtic (9) Ibraham Savage Carbury FC. (8) Malachy Spratt St John’s FC Mark Mc Callion Strand Celtic
Sligo Pallets Premier League
|4||Carrick Town FC||41||18||23|
Ej’s Leading Scorers (19) Daniel Willis Arrow Harps (13) Joseph Cobbe MCR FC (11) Raymond Mulvey Carrick Town (9) Conor Silke Carrick Town Graham Irwin Merville Utd (8) Ciaran Harvey MCR FC (7) Stephen Hallahan MCR FC (6) Niall Comerton Carrick Town Alan Harrison, Niall Thomas Cliffoney Celtic Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd.
Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One.
Ej’s Leading Scorers: (9) Anthony Moylette Benbulben FC (7) Stephen Feeney Dromore Villa (5) Damien Waters Hughie Marren Chaffpool Utd©