Boyle Celtic retain slender lead

Boyle Celtic hold on to the leadership of the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League by a slender two points after their victory over neighbours Aughanagh Celtic thanks to a double strike from Lee Mc Killen and a third from leading hit man Michael Corrigan.

Boyle Celtic hold on to the leadership of the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League by a slender two points after their victory over neighbours Aughanagh Celtic thanks to a double strike from Lee Mc Killen and a third from leading hit man Michael Corrigan.

Aughanagh replied once through the ever alert Paul Mc Tiernan and Aughanagh despite losing this local derby can still pick up vital points with their two remaining games. Boyle play their last league fixture on Sunday, April 29 away to contenders Carbury who can still mathematically claim second spot and on the day can put a massive dent in the title challenge of Boyle Celtic.

The biggest threat to all title pretenders are City United who hit Ballymote Celtic for six at Brother Walfrid Park with Christopher Kelly netting a hat trick. City play away to Cliffoney Celtic on Sunday next and should both they and Boyle win then its a two point difference with Carbury having a game in hand.

However on the relegation and play off areas danger lurks for the bottom four. Manor Rangers recorded a blistering win over Coolera Rovers with a five goal roasting without reply. Alan Hickey and Killian Kerrigan each netting twice and Anthony McDonald adding the fifth in a one sided encounter but these three points may well afford Manor a play-off position. This will depend on how Cliffoney and Strand Celtic perform in their remaining games meaning the top and bottom is proving to be one of the most exciting Super League for some years.

League leaders Calry Bohs travelled to Tubbercurry in the Andrew Mullen’s Sligo Pallets Premier League in the knowledge that a win would push them nearer the Premier title, anything less and it opened the door a little bit more for a serious challenge from both Real Tubber and Cartron United. The game was played at a high tempo throughout with few chances in front of goal but on sixty five minutes Calry got the rub of the green when a Paddy Wolfe shot came back of the post and Hit Real Tubber Keeper Ross Mc Carrick to go in of him for the only goal of the game. It was tough on Real Tubber who were excellent but Calry Bohs have also shown class and determination in a most exciting clash.

Cartron United, thanks to a Kieran Coyle super strike on 55 minutes gave them all three points against a very good Coolaney United side. This win continues the superb drive of Cartron for major honours but it now looks a two horse race for silverware in the Premier unless form goes out the window while at the bottom Merville are already relegated as to who will join them is a lottery and perhaps who will meet Strand Celtic reserves in the play off for Premier League status is an even bigger question so it’s all to play with fortune favouring the Brave.

Glenview Stars shared the spoils with Aclare Celtic in Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Maintenance Division One while St John’s claimed the three points against Leitrim Villa.

Your League Needs You: The league would like to enter a representative in the over 35s John Sherlock Memorial Cup but we can only play registered club players in our League so if clubs have any players 35 or over who would like to play can you please let the Secretary Noel M Kennedy Mobile (087) 2586003 noelmkennedysligo@gmail.com immediately. If we can get sixteen players to make up a squad the league would be honoured to enter the competition.

Top Scorers:

Best Western Hotel Super League: Michael Corrigan, Boyle Celtic (21); Niall Brennan, Ballymote Celtic (14); Paul Logan, Yeats Utd; Lee Mc Killen, Boyle Celtic; Paul Mc Tiernan, Aughanagh Celtic(11).

Sligo Pallets Premier League: Dermot Beggan, Boyle (22); Hughie Marren, Real Tubber (16); Mark Beattie, Kilglass Inishscrone Utd (15); Kevin Buckley, Cartron Utd (13).

Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Maintenance Division One: Stephen Sirle Carrick Town (22); Niall Comerton Carrick Town (13); Clive Brennan, Glenview Stars (13); Paddy Devins Benbulben FC (12).