Junior football returned over the weekend and what games we had to enjoy. First out of the blocks was the mouth watering encounter between newly promoted Cartron United and last year’s Super League runners up Boyle Celtic in The Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League played on Saturday night at Celtic Park, Boyle.
Could Cartron put down an early marker of intent or would Boyle show their metal and resolve to go one better this season? Boyle Celtic settled the quickest and the first goal arrived from the lethal boot of Niall Brennan with Brother Gerry adding a second to leave them ahead by two at the interval. Normal business was resumed in the second half with Luka Roddy adding a third goal before Cartron came alive with a superb strike from Ciaran Coyne.
However, celebrations were short lived when Niall Brennan added his second to see. Cartron showed their steel and determination with another cracking goal from Cormac Coyne and despite this loss Cartron will take plenty of scalps this season, as for Boyle Celtic, yes they are most definitely contenders!
Aughanagh Celtic entertained newly promoted St John’s winning by the odd goal in three - Brian Craig and Francis Candon were on target for Aughanagh Celtic with Keith Lynch replying for St John’s. This was a fine result for a very strong and experienced Aughanagh team and St John’s with a very young team can take a lot of positives from this encounter.
Calry Bohs, thanks to a screamer of a goal from Owen Nicholson captured all three points at Hazelwood against an impressive Yeats United.
Kilglass Inishscrone United got their first taste of Super League football at home to seasoned campaigners Ballisodare United and despite losing by the odd goal in three they acquitted themselves very well. Andrew Hone and Paul Mc Garrigle were the hitmen for Ballisodare United with Declan Flynn rifling home a good goal for Kilglass Inishscrone United.
Ballymote Celtic made the long trip to the seaside to take up the challenge of Strand Celtic and it proved a profitable journey with two first half strikes from the very talented Dessie Flynn enough to take all the points for an in form Ballymote Celtic.
In the Sligo Pallets Premier League Real Tubber got off to a flier with a bagful of goals at home to Gurteen Celtic. Hero of the day was hat trick hero Fabio Cretaro, aided and abetted with two each from Dermot Walsh and Hughie Marren with Gerry Henry adding the cherry to the top of the cake with an excellent strike. Gurteen Celtic replied once with a fine individual effort from Shane Regan however this is a game that Gurteen would do well to put behind them.
Manor Rangers entertained Carrick Town on the Astro pitch at Cleveragh and Carrick went to town with a seven goal blitz. Ray Mulvey scored a hat trick with Stephen Sirle opening his account, netting two excellent strikes and a goal each from Jonathan and Michael Corrigan saw battle for thethe supremacy of Leitrim rest with Carrick Town at the moment.
Manor Rangers had a goal each from Niall Walsh and Thomas Carney but this young side provided they make the commitment can only get better.
Chaffpool United despite scoring four goals through Colm Henry with a double, Paul Queenan and James Lawrence, still went down to a seven goal salvo from visitors Ballygawley Celtic. Adrian Egan scored twice with Harry Clancy, Niall Henry David O’Reilly James Mackey and Joe Kilcullen rounding of the scoring for a rampant Ballygawley Celtic.
Cliffoney Celtic and Strand Celtic reserves shared the points in this excellent four goal showcase at Mullaghmore under the watchful eye of referee Ralph Zoschke, Paddy Mc Gloin and Kevin Gavigan were on song for Cliffoney Celtic with Andrew Padden and fleet of foot Jamie Bannigan chipping in for Strand Celtic reserves.
Glenview Stars guided by their astute manager Seamus O’Boyle were at home to MCR - the only two Town teams in the Premier League locking horns and what a game it turned out to be at Forthill. The stars scored four goals - Clive Brennan grabbing two along with strikes from Enda Breslin and Kenneth Barlow. However manager John Lynch and his team were not to be outdone Ciaran Harvey scored one and the man of the match Colin Lynch bagged four super goals to give MCR a great win as well as the bragging rights until their next encounter in what already promises to be an exciting encounter.
Arrow Harps returned to league football at home in Riverstown to another new club Easkey Harps in The Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Maintenance Division One played at Riverstown Community Park County Sligo. Arrow Harps with two goals each from Dillon Edwards and Daniel Hargadon proved too strong to handle but Easkey Harps’ never say die attitude was rewarded with their first league goal when Stephen Mc Guinness opened their account at the superb grounds of Arrow Harps.
Coolaney United welcomed visitors Aclare Celtic - James Ellis scored twice for Coolaney with Jerome Queenan and Kenneth Gavigan replying for Aclare but then an unfortunate own goal sealed victory for Coolaney United but Aclare will take a lot from this game and may well yet be contenders along with Coolaney for silverware.
St John’s B was playing their first league against Leitrim Villa on the superb Astro facilities at Cleveragh. Villa scored three well worked goals through Rafa Nazaruk, Eunan Treacy and Damien Kielty but St John’s B proved too strong and a superb Anthony Johnston hat trick along with two more from Cillian Harris rounded off a great days work for a delighted St John’s B management and team.