Sligo-Leitrim teams advance in Connacht Cup – Weekend Round-Up

Result Friday 3rd March

The Great Southern Hotel Sligo

Boyle Celtic 2 – 5 Strand Celtic


Result Saturday 4th March


The T P Brennan Connacht Shield 2nd Round

7 Moyne Villa FC 2 – 3 Ballygawley Celtic  


Results Sunday 5th March 2017


Sligo Pallets Premier League.

Arrow Harps P – P Cliffoney Celtic
Merville Utd 3 – 0 Carrick Town FC



Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One

Benbulben FC P – P Chaffpool United
Coolaney United P – P Dromore Villa



The T P Brennan Connacht Cup 2nd Round

2 Aughanagh Celtic 2 – 0 Ballaghaderreen FC
5 Manor Rangers 5 – 2 Westport United
7 Ballisodare United 3 – 2 Colemanstown Utd  
12 Calry Bohs 1 – 5 Ballymote Celtic
15 Cloonfad Utd FC 0 – 1 Carbury FC



The T P Brennan Connacht Shield 2nd Round

12 NUI Galway B P – P Real Tubber FC
13 West Utd B 2 – 3 MCR FC


Strand Celtic once again sent shock waves through The Great Southern Hotel Sligo, Super League with a demolition job on current league champions Boyle Celtic. The game played at the Institute of Technology Sligo on Friday night was certainly a learning curve for Boyle Celtic. Strand Celtic showed on their day that they are a match for anyone this was proven emphatically on the 8th of January when they inflicted a major blow to Carbury FC beating them by five goals to one. Boyle Celtic only league defeat this season prior to Friday night was a one nil loss to Carbury way back on the 25th September seen then its been a roller coaster for them with a place in the quarter finals of the FAI Junior Cup next Sunday. But history counts for little and Strand are no respecters of titles as they took the lead twice with goals from Barry O Mahoney and Mark Mc Callion but were quickly pegged back with Niall Brennan and Luka Roddy on target for Boyle Celtic. Strand Celtic took the lead again early in second half with Mark Mc Goldrick netting his second goal and Strand had a number of excellent chances to extend the lead but on sixty two minutes Boyle killed any chance of a revival when referee Glen Gilmartin who had an excellent game gave Sean Purcell his marching orders for dangerous play after a foul on Strands Damien Scanlon Dessie Carlos then decided to have his say and his outburst resulted in another Red card that effectively ended the game for Boyle but not for Strand, as Daniel Lang and Ryan Mc Manus hit a goal each to wrap up a superb performance from Strand Celtic. Manager Darren Hurd now has to get his players back on track for next Sunday but as stated two weeks ago, Boyle may well have run out of lives lets wait and see fingers crossed.

Merville United bottom of The Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier ended any aspirations Carrick Town may have held of Title honours with a superb display at the Astro Cleveragh youth international Jordon Muldoon opening the scoring on twenty minutes when he finished off a very classy bit of inter play. The second half was twenty-five minutes old when Conor Cox added the second and seven minutes from time Graham Irwin added the third that secured all three points for Merville United who are back on form.

In the T P Brennan Connacht Cup Manor Rangers advance in style defeating the highly-fancied Westport United by five goals to two. Manor were two up after twenty-five minutes’ courtesy of a double strike from Niall Walshe. Westport fought back and scored from two set pieces with a goal each from Danny Scahill and P J Galvey to leave the sides level at half time. Manor Rangers grabbed the all-important third goal courtesy of Brian Mc Donald Paddy Woulfe then added the fourth and Niall Walshe completed his hat trick to fire the Leitrim Kingpins into the next round.

Ballymote Celtic played Calry Bohs at Brother Walfrid Park and booked a place in the next round courtesy of a Jack Hever Hat trick and a goal apiece from Matthew Drew and Adam Cunnane. Ciaran Stenson netted the only goal for Calry Bohs.

Aughanagh Celtic at home to Ballaghaderreen FC were scoreless at the break but they struck early in the second half Paul Mc Tiernan put over a pin point cross and Conor Mc Padden cracked home the opener for Aughanagh and minutes from time Stephen Scanlon wrapped it up with a splendid second goal.

Carbury advance thanks to Colin Jinks scoring the only goal of the game ten minutes from time away to a very strong Cloonfad United.

Ballisodare United advance scoring opened after seven minutes when Keith Gilmartin split the defence and the in running Adam Mc Goldrick sized up the defender, turned into his favourite left foot and drilled a low hard shot beneath the Colemanstown keepers grasp.

Nip and tuck for the next thirty minutes with Ballisodare keeper Jack Mannion saving well with his feet Colemanstown got back into the game when they were awarded a penalty on the 37th minute, which was converted by midfielder Paddy Mullins. Two minutes later Colemanstown took the lead when Kevin Reilly rose highest at the back post to nod in a floated cross.

Ballisodare full back Niall Howley buried a free kick on the 45th minute but referee Tommy Oates pulled it back to be retaken. The retake hit the wall, 2-1 Colemanstown at half time.

Ballisodare drew level 5 minutes into the second half. Gary Anderson slotted Adam Mc Goldrick through pass and he took on the shot early, delightfully chipping the Colemanstown keeper from 25 yards out.

Both teams cancelled each other out and chances were at a minimum for the next 30 minutes. Simon Gilmartin scuffing a half chance with 5 minutes left and Jack Mannion making a fine save on the 87th minute.

As the game headed towards extra time Ballisodare stalwart Kevin O’Hara pounced on loose ball in the Galway sides box to lash home the winning goal in the 90th minute. 3-2 to Ballisodare who advance to the last 16.


In the T P Brennan Connacht Shield Ballygawley Celtic (pictured above) made the long trip to Moyne Villa a rewarding one winning by the odd goal in five.

This was a hard-fought win away to the current shield holders Moyne Villa. After going a goal behind on on the twenty-minute mark, when Moyne Villa were awarded a penalty.

On a sticky pitch Ballygawley eventually got to grips with the conditions and equalised on the stroke of halftime through Peter Murray.

In the second half Ballygawley began to get the upper hand and increased their lead again on sixty minutes with Peter Murray finding the net after a lovely passage of play. Murray competed his hat-trick on seventy-five minutes when Paul Flanagan played him in and he finished low to the net.

Moyne Villa got a late goal on the stroke of full time to leave the final score 3:2 in favour of the Sligo men.


Stephen Hallahan was the toast of MCR who scored all three goals to lead at half time away to Galway side West United B and they all came from the penalty spot. West United fought back in the second half both goals coming from Michael O Toole one from the penalty spot but MCR advance thanks to the accuracy of the hitman Hallahan.


Result: Friday 3rd March the Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League:

Boyle Celtic 2 Strand Celtic FC 5;

Result: Saturday 4th March T P Brennan Connacht Shield:

Moyne Villa 2 Ballygawley Celtic 3;


Results: Saturday 5th March Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League:


Arrow Harps P Cliffoney Celtic P; Merville Utd 3 Carrick Town 0;


Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One:

Benbulben FC P Chaffpool United P; Coolaney United P Dromore Villa P;


T P Brennan Connacht Cup:


Aughanagh Celtic 2 Ballaghaderreen FC 0; Manor Rangers 5 Westport United 2; Ballisodare United 3 Colemanstown Utd 2; Calry Bohs 1 Ballymote Celtic 5; Cloonfad Utd FC 0 Carbury FC 1;

T P Brennan Connacht Shield:

NUI Galway B P Real Tubber FC P; West Utd B 2 MCR FC 3;


Robert Cawley Memorial Cup Quarter Final:

Fixture Saturday 11th March KO 7.30pmTBC


Ballygawley Celtic MCR FC Astro Cleveragh

Fixtures Sunday 12th March KO 11am:


Radisson Blu Sligo W B Yeats Cup

Glenview Stars v Manor Rangers; Carbury FC v Ballymote Celtic; Ballisodare Utd v Aughanagh Celtic; Yeats Utd v Strand Celtic;

Robert Cawley Memorial Cup

Benbulben FC v Cliffoney Celtic; Carrick Town v Chaffpool Utd; Arrow Harps v Dromore Villa;


The FAI Junior Cup Quarter Finals KO2pm

Carrick United v Boyle Celtic

T P Brennan Connacht Cup KO2pm:

Merville Utd v Lough Harps;

Real Tubber FC v NUIG B


All Cup & Shield games decided on the day if still a draw after 90 minutes plus one period of extra time 10 minutes each way FIFA Rules on penalties to apply.


The League management committee and their affiliates send best wishes to Boyle Celtic on their quarter final fixture away to Carrick United in the FAI Junior Cup KO 2pm.



Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League 5th March ©

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Carbury FC 17 15 0 2 64 24 40 45
2 Strand Celtic FC 20 10 4 6 70 42 28 34
3 Boyle Celtic 13 10 1 2 43 19 27 31
4 Ballisodare United 16 10 1 5 45 32 13 31
5 Manor Rangers 15 9 2 4 58 38 20 29
6 Ballymote Celtic 17 7 2 8 43 52 -9 23
7 Calry Bohs 15 6 3 6 36 41 -5 21
8 St. John’s FC 17 4 6 7 48 53 -5 18
9 Yeats United 20 5 2 13 28 54 -26 17
10 Aughanagh Celtic 18 4 4 10 40 58 -18 16
11 Glenview Stars 20 0 3 17 29 91 -62 3

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (21) Dylan Edwards Carbury FC (20) Seamus Ryder Manor Rangers (16) Andrew Patton Ballisodare Utd Mark Irwin Ballymote Celtic Gareth Kelly, Mark Mc Callion Strand Celtic, (13) Malachy Spratt St John’s FC (12) Ibrahim Savage Carbury FC. (11) Niall Walsh Manor Rangers Dermot Beggan Aughanagh Celtic

Sligo Pallets Premier League

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Ballygawley Celtic 17 14 0 3 53 26 27 15
2 Cliffoney Celtic 17 11 2 4 44 24 20 10
3 MCR FC 17 11 2 4 54 25 29 9
4 Carrick Town FC 18 9 2 7 58 30 28 8
5 Arrow Harps 17 8 2 7 48 34 14 7
6 Merville United 18 7 1 10 54 66 -12 6

Ej’s Leading Scorers (26) Daniel Willis Arrow Harps (17) Joseph Cobbe MCR FC, (16) Graham Irwin Merville Utd (14) Raymond Mulvey Carrick Town (13) Rodrigo Bouabida Carrick Town (11) Conor Silke Carrick Town (10) Ciaran Harvey MCR FC (9) Niall Thomas Cliffoney Celtic (8) Stephen Hallahan MCR Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd


Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One

1 Real Tubber 6 3 3 0 16 10 6 12
2 Coolaney United 6 3 1 2 16 12 4 10
3 Gurteen Celtic 5 3 1 1 11 7 4 10
4 Benbulben FC 5 1 3 1 8 7 1 6
5 Dromore Villa 7 1 1 5 11 22 -11 4
6 Chaffpool United 5 0 3 2 9 13 -4 3

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (10) Stephen Feeney Dromore Villa Anthony Moylette Benbulben FC (8) Damien Waters Chaffpool Utd ©