Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League: Cartron United were six points behind Ballisodare United prior to this fixture and thanks to the availability of the Astro Facility at Cleveragh it was the only Super League fixture that went ahead. John Harte put the home side ahead with a screamer of a strike, however the lead was short lived as Conor Davey equalised to see the sides level at half time.
Cartron had Adrian McPartland sent off by referee Tomas Oates for a professional foul. Then with 10 minutes to go, John Harte hit his second which saw the tie end 2-1 in Cartron United’s favour. Ballisodare also had Leigh Kavanagh and Peter Murray sent off.
The fixtures between Boyle Celtic and Yeats United and Calry Bohs V Yeats United were both postponed due to the inclement weather conditions taking its toll on pitches.
City United travelled to Strandhill but referee Paul Deering had no hesitation in calling the game off due to inclement weather and pitch conditions. City United have now played less than half as many games as some of their Super League rivals and due to their continued involvement in FAI Junior and Connacht Cup it means they could face a hectic schedule of games when the end of season draws close.
Sligo Pallets Premier League: The Bowl in Boyle was the venue for the Friday clash between Boyle Celtic Reserves and Dromore Villa. The reserves side went ahead courtesy of a first half penalty from hit-man Dermot Beggan.
Villa were not going to be out played and equalised by way of a David Culkin strike which was quickly cancelled out when Beggan hit his second for the home side and saw his team lead 2-1 at the break. Referee John Griffin was kept on his toes in this hard fought tie, awarding a second half penalty to Michael Hynes Villa and up stepped James Hynes to convert it sending the keeper the wrong way.
As the final whistle loomed it looked like ending 2-2 until the Boyle Celtic net minder who was lucky not to have seen red when he was adjudged to have taken down the incoming Owen Connolly and the referee had no option but to award the third penalty of the game. James Hynes stepped up to the mark and converted his second to see the west Sligo side managed by Michael Hynes collect all three points.
Real Tubber overcame Gurteen Celtic 3-0 on Saturday. Dermot Beggan bagged a brace and Mark Burke netted the third to give Alan Henry’s Tubber men the bragging rights in this local derby. The Sligo Town derby match between MCR and Glenview Stars was postponed.
Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One: The eagerly awaited tie between mid-tabled Arrow Harps and Merville United both vying for promotion to the Premier League was due to be played in Riverstown but had to be postponed when referee Ritchie Barry adjudged the pitch unplayable.
Leaders Coolaney United were at home to Enda Maxwell’s Leitrim Villa who were second from bottom of the table going into this tie and the difference between top and bottom was visible in the result. A James Ellis hat-trick, a brace from Paul Baker, and one each from Aiden Coleman, Andy Bakon and Declan McCormack saw the home side win 8-2, Luke Donnellan and Brian Gilroy on target for Villa.
St John’s B entertained Aclare Celtic who are currently propping up division one and without a win this season. The Carraroe men went ahead courtesy of a Donal Gallagher goal followed on by a superb strike from Dylan Healy from all of 30 yards out which went in off the bottom of the crossbar leaving the net minder no chance St Johns in control led 2-0 at half time. In the second half substitute Robbie Galvin wrapped up the game with St Johns third without reply.
Connacht Junior Cup: Aughanagh Celtic’s Connacht Cup third round tie against St Patricks has been postponed as the Galway sides pitch was unplayable. The game has been rescheduled for February 10, and ughanagh Celtic have been awarded home advantage. A win would see Celtic progress to the fourth round and an away tie against Ballinasloe Town. Ballymote Celtic v Ballaghadereen also fell due to an unplayable pitch in Ballymote. This game is also rescheduled for February 10.
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