Following what was a somewhat fortuitous 2 – 1 win by Manor Rangers over Yeats United in Sunday’s Sligo Leitrim Super League tie at Carney, the North Leitrim side has moved into first place on the league table and created a little bit of local sporting history in doing so.
After playing six games since the 2014/15 Super League season commenced in August, Manor are now on top of the table with 15 points ahead of second placed Merville United with 13 points and third placed Boyle Celtic on 12 points. But the Roscommon side has only four Super League games played.
The Manor and Yeats showdown was a knife edge contest from start to finish and could have gone either way.
Manor’s all-important goal in Carney was headed home in the 93rd minute by Alan Hickey after David Brick had put a corner kick across the Yeats goalmouth.
Yeats led by 1 – 0 at halftime thanks to a Darragh Gaule 41st minute goal which resulted partially from some poor Manor defending and Gaule’s clinical strike from the opportunity that arose for him at that stage.
Manor got on level terms eleven minutes after the restart when David Brick’s well struck free kick from the edge of the box slipped inside the near post the despite Yeats ‘keeper Stephen McCormack’s best efforts to keep a clean sheet at that stage.
Manor will play Carrick Town in Sunday’s all-Leitrim Super League game in the Bee Park at 11am.
Manor Rangers: Ali Alniyadi; Anthony McDonald, Shane Loughlin, James Glancy, Alan Hickey; Adrian Croal, Killian Kerrigan (Colin Ryan 55), Colm Callinan, Seamus Ryder; Brian McDonald, David Brick.
Yeats United: Stephen McCormack; Stephen Regan, Kieran Brennan, Jude McGarry, John Harvey; Lorcan Feeney, Donal Gallagher, Alan O’Dowd, Daragh Gaule; Enda Breslin, Liam Bell. Referee: Paul Kilcoyne.