Boyle Celtic claim two wins in four days – Sligo-Leitrim junior soccer round-up

The battle for Super League survival in The Southern Hotel Sligo, Super League took another twist with Aughanagh Celtic turning in a blistering display at home to Calry Bohs. Aughanagh Celtic were ahead after forty-five minutes thanks to a fine goal from Thomas Cryan. Second half goals from Kevin Henry and Cian Higgins seen Aughanagh move up the gears and yet Calry Bohs never gave up the fight. Ten minutes from time and Eoin Doherty crashed home a fine effort to Calry Bohs some hope but any chance of a comeback was killed off with the clock ticking down when the Special One Paul Mc Tiernan cracked home the fourth goal for the home side. Aughanagh Celtic are now ninth in the table with one game left away to high flying neighbours Boyle Celtic what a game that may yet prove to be.

Boyle Celtic won at home by the odd goal in three to Ballisodare Utd. The visitors took the lead in the first half courtesy of Darragh Healy. Boyle Celtic levelled five minutes into the second half with a great goal from Mick Corrigan and thirty minutes from time once again Niall Brennan was on hand to keep the Dreams of a treble alive. This result was a great boost for manager Darren Hurd and his team of warriors who take on Evergreen of Kilkenny next Sunday in the FAI Junior Cup Semi Final. This is an historic day for the club and let’s hope it will be a game to remember for all the right reasons with a trip to the Aviva awaiting the victors.

Meanwhile Leitrim Kingpins Manor Rangers are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent years sitting second on the leader board after winning yet again, away to Ballymote Celtic and Brother Walfrid Park. Brian Mc Donald s coring twice and Alan Hickey netting the third for a rampant Rangers with Danny Hargadon scoring the only goal for Ballymote Celtic. Manor are a free scoring outfit in the top three clubs and with a little bit of tweaking with their defence they will lift silverware this season.

MCR journeyed to Cliffoney Celtic for their make or break game in The Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League and what a day it proved to be. Tony Clarke in the MCR goals despite a heavy bandaged knee was in outstanding form but the man of the match was the remarkable Stephen “Schillaci” Hallahan who scored an amazing hat trick that puts MCR back in the frame for major honours. Both sides were committed to an open attacking game but MCR had the upper hand and with three minutes remaining Cliffoney Celtic were down to ten men when Blair Foley received his second yellow from top match official Glen Gilmartin. This was a game enjoyed immensely by the large crowd and full credit to both teams for an excellent game.


Merville United advanced in the Robert Cawley Memorial Cup when they defeated visitors Coolaney United by four goals to two. Joe Spratt scoring twice with a goal each from Conor Cox and Graham Irwin insuring a quarter final spot away to Cliffoney Celtic on Friday 14TH April. Joe Kilcullen scored both goals for Coolaney United one from the penalty spot.


The high Rollers of Carrick Town showed their steel and determination for their quest of silverware with a powerful display in the Robert Cawley Memorial Cup Quarter finals at home to Gurteen Celtic. Brian Crowe scored twice aided and abetted with a goal each from Ray Mulvey and David Regan. Gurteen Celtic scored once through Declan Hannon but the Town Roll on and await the outcome of the Cliffoney Celtic versus Merville United encounter to see which of them they are away to in the semi-finals.

Arrow Harps booked their place in the Semi Finals winning by the odd goal in seven at home to Real Tubber. This game had it all including extra time. Arrow Harps were two up at the halfway mark with a goal each from Cian Harte and Darragh Hailstones. Real bounced back with a Fabio Cretaro special and a Kearin O Connor own goal that levelled matters. Ten minutes from time and Arrow Harps went ahead yet again this time an own goal from Real Tubber but on ninety minutes up stepped Martin Mulvaney who scored a brilliant equaliser to insure extra time for Real Tubber. Both sides went in search of that elusive goal and four minutes the opportunity fell to Darren Kelly who toe-poked home the winner that booked a semi-final spot for the Riverstown Boys away to MCR.


Carbury advance in the Radisson Blu W B Yeats Cup to a home Semi Final encounter on Friday the 14th April against Yeats Untied after a battle Royal against a rejuvenated St John’s. Scoreless after normal time lady luck fell the way of Carbury with St John’s scoring two own goals in extra time through Scott Mc Garry and Killian Doyle when both times in attempting to clear their lines they conceded. Christopher Kelly added a third to wrap the game up for Carbury. Both sides meet again next Sunday in a crucial league encounter what a game that promises to be.


the T P Brennan Connacht Cup 3rd Round Iorras Aontaithe of Mayo were at home to Boyle Celtic and once again the Boyle machine rolls on. A goal each from Aaron Calpin, Mick Corrigan and Danny Browne see’s Boyle advance on all fronts.


Manulla FC B Mayo welcomed Ballygawley Celtic for their match In the T P Brennan Connacht Shield 3rd Round. Ballygawley continued their poor Cup form losing by three goals to nil.

Result Thursday 30th March


The Great Southern Hotel Sligo:

Boyle Celtic 2 Ballisodare Utd 1;


Results Sunday 2nd April


The Great Southern Hotel Sligo:

Aughanagh Celtic 4 Calry Bohs 1; Ballymote Celtic 1 Manor Rangers 3;


The Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier:

Cliffoney Celtic 0 MCR FC 3;

Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One:

Benbulben FC 3 Chaffpool United 0;

Radisson Blu Sligo W B Yeats Cup Quarter Final

St John’s FC 0 Carbury FC 3;

Robert Cawley Memorial Cup 1st Round.

Merville Utd 4 Coolaney Utd 2;

Robert Cawley Memorial Cup Quarter Finals.

Carrick Town 4 Gurteen Celtic 1;

Arrow Harps 4 Real Tubber 3;

The T P Brennan Connacht Cup 3rd Round

Iorras Aontaithe 0 Boyle Celtic 3;


the T P Brennan Connacht Shield 3rd Round:

Manulla FC B 3 Ballygawley Celtic 0;



Fixtures Sunday 9th April KO11am

The Great Southern Hotel Sligo:

Ballisodare Utd v Manor Rangers; Carbury FC v St John’s FC;


Sligo Pallets Premier League.

Arrow Harps v Cliffoney Celtic; Merville Utd v MCR FC; Carrick Town v Ballygawley Celtic;

Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One:

Dromore Villa v Chaffpool United; Real Tubber v Coolaney Utd; Gurteen Celtic v Benbulben FC;

FAI Junior Cup Semi Final Showgrounds Sligo KO 3pm:

Boyle Celtic v Evergreen Kilkenny.


All Cup 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.


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Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League 2nd April ©


P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Carbury FC 17 15 0 2 64 24 40 45
2 Manor Rangers 17 11 2 4 64 39 25 35
3 Strand Celtic FC 20 10 4 6 70 42 28 34
4 Boyle Celtic 14 11 1 2 45 20 25 34
5 Ballisodare United 17 10 1 6 46 34 12 31
6 Ballymote Celtic 19 8 2 9 48 57 -9 26
7 St. John’s FC 19 5 6 8 54 59 -5 21
8 Calry Bohs 18 6 3 9 39 52 -13 21
9 Aughanagh Celtic 19 5 4 10 44 59 -15 19
10 Yeats United 20 5 2 13 28 54 -26 17
11 Glenview Stars 20 0 3 17 29 91 -62 3

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (22) Seamus Ryder Manor Rangers (21) Dylan Edwards Carbury FC (17) Mark Irwin Ballymote Celtic (16) Andrew Patton Ballisodare Utd (14) Malachy Spratt St John’s FC Gareth Kelly, Mark Mc Callion Strand Celtic, (12) Ibrahim Savage Carbury FC. (11) Niall Walsh Manor Rangers Dermot Beggan Aughanagh Celtic Eoin Nicholson Calry Bohs.


Sligo Pallets Premier League


P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Ballygawley Celtic 17 14 0 3 53 26 27 15
2 MCR FC 18 12 2 4 57 25 32 12
3 Carrick Town FC 19 10 2 7 62 32 30 11
4 Cliffoney Celtic 19 11 2 6 46 31 15 10
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, Raymond Mulvey Carrick Town (13) Rodrigo Bouabida Carrick Town (11) Conor Silke Carrick Town Stephen Hallahan MCR (10) Ciaran Harvey MCR FC (9) Niall Thomas Cliffoney Celtic Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd


Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One


P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Real Tubber 7 4 3 0 18 11 7 15
2 Gurteen Celtic 7 4 1 2 17 10 7 13
3 Coolaney United 7 4 1 2 18 13 5 13
4 Benbulben FC 6 2 3 1 11 7 4 9
5 Dromore Villa 8 1 1 6 12 27 -15 4
6 Chaffpool United 7 0 3 4 10 18 -8 3

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