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Carbury crowned champions

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Carbury FC are Sligo Southern Hotel Super League Champions winning the title in style dropping only one point in the process away to Leitrim Kingpins Manor Rangers, a 3-3 draw at the Bee Park.

Carbury are right now having a fantastic season with six goals at home to Arrow Harps in Sean Fallon Park, a hat trick from Gareth Kelly bringing his tally to 24 and winning him the Ej’s leading scorer award.

Mark McGoldrick, Barry O'Mahony and a penalty from Aaron Murrin completed the scoring with Arrow Harps in the playoffs and Carbury crowned Champions. They also saw off Ballisodare in the Semi Final of the Glasshouse Hotel Cup to set up a meeting with Strand Celtic this Sunday in an eagerly awaited contest.

Then destiny awaits them on Sunday May 27, at the Showgrounds Sligo when they take on Mervue United in the Final of the Connacht Cup - what a season and what a team.

Arrow Harps now find themselves in the playoff position for Super League survival as they await the top three finishers in the Premier League.

Ballisodare United entertained St John’s FC and hit them for five without reply, Dylan Martin, Peter Murray, Odhran Mahon, Adam Grace and a penalty from Darragh Healy finishing of their league campaign on a high.

Ballisodare finish in fourth place on the leaderboard while St John’s were so unlucky to hit the relegation trapdoor.

MCR are the the Andrew Mullen Premier League Champions they clinched the title in fine style away to a gallant Real Tubber. Paul Flanagan Ciaran Harvey Keith Nibbs each scoring once with Hayden Cawley bagging a brace while Sean Carnahan and Eoin Walsh netted for Real Tubber.

MCR had a tremendous season losing once against Merville United and then by the odd goal in five on January 28. They never looked back and are now promoted in style to the Super League.

Merville Utd hosted Cliffoney Celtic in a hotly contested encounter at Maugheraboy, Merville got a valuable point in a two all draw courtesy of two penalty’s both dispatched by Ryan McManus.

In the Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One Chaffpool United are the leaders of the pack with a convincing win away to Coolaney United.

Hughie Marren was on target with two goals along with a goal each from Kevin Gallagher and Damien Watters with James Davey netting the only goal for Coolaney United.

Gurteen Celtic have withdrawn from the competition so it's still all to play for especially next Friday night when the Pool entertain the Villa this will be a major pointer as to where the silverware will eventually rest.

Sunday morning seen the Cup Semi Finals take place with clubs in the hunt for silverware. On a morning of four seasons, Strand Celtic welcomed Ballymote to the seaside in the semi Finals of the Glasshouse Hotel Cup.

It was Ballymote who were first out of the blocks when their hitman Mark Irwin got on the end of a long ball and finished past Graham Lee. On 25 minutes Strand equalised when Shay Doherty rose at the back post to score from a corner.

Level at the break but then the mercurial Lee Marshall took the ball down on 55 minutes and smashed it to the top corner from 25 yards to edge Strand ahead.

Mark McCallion was introduced after 75 minutes and within two minutes he was on the scoresheet finishing from a tight angle. Aaron O’Boyle rounded off the win with a fourth goal which put a flattering result on the board in a game played in very good spirit.

But it was a great result for seasiders who had three of their Oscar Traynor representatives all hitting the onion bag to secure a place in next Sunday's Glasshouse Hotel Cup Final against Carbury FC.

Carbury, fresh from their league result on Friday night, took on a very young Ballisodare United side at Sean Fallon Park and Gary Finan insured victory with the second killer goal 25 minutes from time.

Ballisodare United are the up and coming club of the future with such an abundance of young talent but the day and the season belongs to Carbury.

Super League Champions already they now face a hard challenge against a very talented Strand Celtic next Sunday at Mac Sharry Park in what promises to be a cracker of a Final in the Glasshouse Hotel Cup.

Should victory fall to Carbury then they face the supremo Challenge the following Sunday at the Showgrounds when they welcome Mervue United of Galway to the Final of the coveted Connacht Cup.

Can Carbury do the treble or next Sunday will they have one eye on Connacht Cup what a fantastic end to the season for all our clubs still in contention.

In the Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup, Chaffpool United welcomed Glenview Stars to their semi final encounter and on league form Stars had twice beaten the Pool by the odd goal in three.

But as the wise and learned know Football is a funny old game and league form counts for little in Cup football. The Pool took the on 20 minutes with the brilliant Criostoir Davey rocking Stars with a stunning goal and five minutes into the second half Criostoir added his second to put the Pool firmly in the driving seat.

Stars however fought back and their tenacity was rewarded on sixty-five minutes when Christopher “Tabby” McDonagh fired home giving Stars a lifeline. The clock was ticking down and it looked all over when on the stroke of full time Stars were awarded a penalty kick.

Gino O'Boyle stepped up to the spot knowing this was the opportunity to bring the game in to extra time but his desire to insure this went sailing over the bar and with that their chances of a Cup Final Spot. John Scanlon and his team were jubilant and they now meet Merville United on Sunday May 27, at 11am Mac Sharry Park.

Merville United were at home to Benbulben FC and they gave Merville some fight. Jamie McLoughlin was the star for Benbulben firing them into the lead with once again Ryan McManus rescuing Merville with the equaliser a screamer form 40 yards just before half time.

Benbulben were unphased by this and went ahead on 60 minutes again the elusive Jamie McLoughlin scoring. Benbulben were magnificent at this stage and were two minutes away from a major victory when once again the brilliance of Ryan McManus saw his header bring the game into extra time.

Merville up the tempo, Jordan Harte and Conor Cox each netting a goal and a penalty from McManus to claim his hat trick and wrap up their place in the Final.