A look back at the highlights from last weekend’s action in the Sligo/Leitrim and district soccer league.
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The bowl in Boyle was the venue for this top versus bottom of the Super League tie between Owen O’Donoghue’s leaders Boyle Celtic and Kilglass Innishscrone Utd. who are currently languishing at the bottom of the table.
There was no scarcity of goals with the visiting side scoring twice in reply to Celtic’s staggering tally of eleven. A Lee Mc Killan hat-trick, a brace a-piece from Dessie Carlos and Thomas Lavin and at least one each from Jake Mc Crann and Niall Brennan and an o.g. put the home sides total in double figures.
Second placed Aughanagh Celtic took on Calry Bohs and it was a case of goals galore as Paul Mc Tiernan, Paul Simon, Paul Saunders and one from Stephen Craig hit one each for Aughanagh Celtic, Conor Griffin hit the consolation for Calry.
City Utd welcomed Sean Irwin and Ballymote Celtic to Sean Fallon Park. City who were one point ahead of their rivals on the League table going into this tie. Gareth Kelly wasted no time in getting his name on the score sheet netting his first on the three minute mark. Keith Nibbs scored the second for City Utd after 81 minutes with almost the last kick of the game Kelly slotted home his second securing three vital points for City Utd with the 3-0 result.
Cartron Utd led 2-0 at half time but a revitalised Strand Celtic emerged in the second half and Gary Melly pulled one back with an absolute cracker of a strike and Ryan Lynch equalised in the dying moments.
North Sligo side Yeats Utd were at home in Carney to St. Johns F.C. who are currently manager-less following the resignation of Seanie McGuire. The men from the Yeats Country put a damper on the Carraroe sides title ambition coming away with all three points having come out the better of this five goal thriller. Alan O’Dowd, Sean Pender and veteran Rory McCaffery scored one each for United, Gary Hargadon & Shane Stenson on target for St Johns F.C.
Sligo Pallets Premier League
Real Tubber continued their dominance at the top of the Premier League when they took on third placed Manor Rangers on the All Weather facility at Sligo I.T. Fabio Cretaro and Stephen Mathews bagged a brace each and Gary Curran scored the fifth for Alan Henry’s Real Tubber. Niall Walsh hit the consolation goal for Manor in this six goal epic.
The tie between mid-tabled Boyle Celtic Reserves and league strugglers Ballygawley Celtic proved to be a thriller played under lights in front of a considerable crowd. Goals from David Conroy, Dermot Beggan, and Conor McPadden for Boyle Celtic and a brace from Joe Kilcullen for the visiting Celtic. With the clock ticking towards the final whistle it looked like Boyle were going to capitalise on the change of venue until up popped John Paul Henry, who netted a pile driver of a strike from 20 yards and it ended all square 3-3.
Glenview Stars move into third place on the Premier League Table having beaten Strand Celtic reserves 3-2 in Forthill on Sunday morning.
Dromore Villa under the guidance of long serving Michael Hynes were at home to John Scanlon’s Chaffpool Utd. Villa one place above Utd only on goal difference were determined to create a gap between their guests and move out of the bottom four and leap-frog M.C.R. F.C just one spot above who were in action in the Connacht Cup this weekend. However a 2-2 draw sees them level on points with Chaffpool Utd and M.C.R. F.C.