The clash of the Titans in Sligo Southern Hotel Super League took place on Sunday at Celtic Park Boyle when the current Champions Boyle Celtic took on their biggest domestic challenge against Carbury. The last time these two sides met was on the 25th September a game won by Carbury with the only goal of the game coming from the lethal boot of Dylan Edward’s. Since the start of the season Carbury have only lost twice in the League once to Calry Bohs and once against Strand Celtic. Apart from that they have seventeen straight win s under their belts and will indeed be a force to be reckoned with on Sunday. A Draw or a win will see them Crowned Super League Champions.
Boyle Celtic have had a roller coaster of a year with sixteen league games played drawing with St John’s FC and losing twice versus Carbury and Strand Celtic, In between the hustle and bustle of the domestic games they went out at the Semi Final stages of the FAI Umbro Junior Cup and Connacht Cup and lost Wednesday night went down by the odd goal in three away to Manor Rangers in the Quarter Finals of the Radisson Cup. This was their last chance to keep alive their hopes of retaining their title. Should The game started at a frantic pace with Boyle Celtic on the attack as Carbury defended in numbers and on the stoke of half time Boyle Celtic took the lead with a beautiful touch from Niall Brennan. One wondered would Carbury rally or fold in the second half but they changed their formation and came out on the attack and rewarded with the equaliser from the impeccable Ibrahim Savage and it was game on. Carbury went in search of a second and rewarded when leading scorer Dylan Edwards from an acute angle fired home a glorious second goal. Boyle Celtic showed their steel and continued in hot pursuit of a goal and perhaps a game changer. Once again kit was the big man Mick Corrigan who slammed home the equaliser and the remaining minutes were super charged. However, in the end it was more heart break for Boyle Celtic and jubilation for Carbury as they were crowned Great Southern Hotel Sligo Champions for 2016/2017. The Cup and presentation made its way back to the Sligo Southern Hotel where the winners were met with and presented with their Cup from Kevin Mc Glynn.
Boyle Celtic despite losing their crown will still retain Runners Up and also play a major role in deciding as to who will stay in the Super League next season. Boyle play Aughanagh Celtic next Sunday a win or draw will relegate Aughanagh Celtic along with Yeats United and Glenview Stars, should Aughanagh Celtic win then St John’s will be relegated.
Ballygawley Celtic are the Champions of the Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League after an epic encounter on Forthill with MCR. Ballygawley Celtic needed at least a draw to clinch the title and recent games against MCR have been nip and tuck. MCR took the lead through sharp shooter Ciaran Harvey and were looking good but Ballygawley Celtic kept pressing and rewarded with a cracker from Peter Murray that in the end proved to be a gem of a strike as the game ended all square and Ballygawley Celtic commenced their celebrations.
Arrow Harps were on fire at Riverstown hitting Merville United for four Andy Flynn scoring twice with Darragh Hailstones and Colin Harte each scoring once. Merville United’s only goal was scored by the ever-alert Conor Cox. This result sets up a great battle between MCR and Arrow Harps that will decide the runners up spot what a game that will be.
In the North-West Hospice Cup Semi Final, a goal from Roland Anderson after ten minutes gave Ballisodare United a massive victory away to neighbours Aughanagh Celtic. This booked The Boys from Ballisodare United into the Final on Saturday 10th June at the Showgrounds where their opponents will be the winners of the Manor Rangers versus Carbury game what a final that promises to be.
In the North-West Hospice Cup Semi Final, a young Dromore Villa went down by the odd goal in three against Real Tubber. Matthew Mulhern was the hero for a delighted Real Tubber scoring twice, once from the penalty spot while the Villa responded with a fine goal from Mark Devaney. Real Tubber will walk out in the final on Saturday the 27th May at the Ray Mac Sharry Park against either North Sligo Kingpins Cliffoney Celtic or Sligo Town side MCR yet another fabulous final to look forward to and Still involved, Leitrim Warriors Manor Rangers, South Sligo Young Guns Real Tubber, North Sligo Kingpins Cliffoney Celtic with Carbury and MCR flying the Town Colours.
Results Wednesday 10th May
Radisson Blu Sligo W B Yeats Cup Quarter Final
Manor Rangers 2 Boyle Celtic 1;
Results Sunday 14th May
The Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League: Boyle Celtic 2 Carbury FC 2;
Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League: Arrow Harps 4 Merville Utd 1; MCR FC 1 Ballygawley Celtic 1;
North West Hospice Cup Semi Final: Aughanagh Celtic 0 Ballisodare Utd 1;
North West Hospice Shield Semi Final: Dromore Villa 1 Real Tubber 2;
Fixture Wednesday 17th May KO 7pm
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League: Ballymote Celtic v Boyle Celtic;
Fixture Sunday 21st May KO 11am
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League: Boyle Celtic v Aughanagh Celtic;
Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One:
Benbulben FC v Real Tubber;
North West Hospice Cup Semi Final Manor Rangers v Carbury FC
North West Hospice Shield Semi Final MCR FC v Cliffoney Celtic
Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League Ballygawley Celtic v Merville United Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One Benbulben FC v Real Tubber 0;
Fixture Wednesday 24th May KO 7pm
Semi Final Radisson Blu W B Yeats Cup
Ballisodare Utd v Manor Rangers;
3 Match Officials where possible for all games. All Cup & Shield games decided on the night if still a draw after 90 minutes plus one period of Extra time FIFA rules on penalty’s to apply.
Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League 14th May
|1||Carbury FC ©||20||17||1||2||72||29||43||52|
|4||Strand Celtic FC||20||10||4||6||70||42||28||34|
|8||St. John’s FC||20||5||6||9||55||62||-7||21|
Ej’s Leading Scorers: (25) Dylan Edwards Carbury FC Seamus Ryder Manor Rangers (17) Mark Irwin Ballymote Celtic (16) Andrew Patton Ballisodare Utd (14) Malachy Spratt St John’s FC Gareth Kelly, Mark Mc Callion Strand Celtic, (13) Michael Corrigan Boyle Celtic Niall Walsh Manor Rangers (12) Ibrahim Savage Carbury FC. (11) Dermot Beggan Aughanagh Celtic Eoin Nicholson Calry Bohs.
|1||Ballygawley Celtic ©||20||15||2||3||57||29||28||20|
|4||Carrick Town FC||21||10||2||9||64||37||27||11|
Ej’s Leading Scorers (27) Daniel Willis Arrow Harps (17) Joseph Cobbe MCR FC, Graham Irwin Merville Utd, Raymond Mulvey Carrick Town (13) Rodrigo Bouabida Ciaran Harvey MCR (12) Stephen Hallahan MCR Carrick Town (11) Conor Silke Carrick Town (10) Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd (9) Niall Thomas Cliffoney Celtic
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Ej’s Leading Scorers: (10) Stephen Feeney Dromore Villa Anthony Moylette Benbulben FC (8) Damien Waters Chaffpool Utd ©