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Cartron extend lead despite Meehan heroics as Carbury suffer defeat to Strand Celtic

CARTRON UUNITED extended their lead at the summit of the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League with four goals to one win over a very resolute Ballymote Celtic on a bitterly cold night under the lights at Mac Sharry Park.

On twenty-one minutes an accidental clash between Malachy Spratt and Ballymote net- minder Stephen Heraghty saw Heraghty have to leave the pitch in unfortunate circumstances. His replacement Conor Meehan proved to be more than able to deputise between the sticks making a series of impressive saves to keep the league leaders at bay and the sides remained scoreless at half time. 

By NOEL KENNEDY

Cartron started the second half in relentless mood with Meehan making another couple of top class saves in the nets but eventually the weight of sustained pressure for the home side told and on the hour mark Malachy Spratt opened the scoring with a sublime finish to the bottom corner from twelve yards. 

Just two minutes later, Cartron doubled their lead when Donal Gallagher headed home from six yards following a great cross from Spratt. On seventy minutes the game was decided as Spratt again scored with another powerful finish to the bottom corner from the edge of the box and just five minutes later, he completed a glorious hat-trick when he rounded the keeper to finish into an empty net. 

The visitors however kept battling to the finish and were rewarded with a goal with five minutes remaining when Jack Hever confidently slotted home from just inside the penalty area but the night and the three precious points in the title race belonged to Cartron. 

Carbury’s title challenge took a dent on Saturday evening as they suffered their second defeat of the season, this time losing to an impressive Strand Celtic side. 

Strand were deserving winners, having made life difficult for Carbury throughout the game.

Carbury almost went ahead early on after a quickly taken free-kick came to Ryan McManus who dragged his shot wide. But eight minutes in, Strand took the lead following a ball in behind, with Aaron O’Boyle tucking it into the net. Carbury struggled to find their rhythm and the pace of a youthful Strand side was proving difficult.

Three minutes later, Strand doubled their lead through Daniel Gray Harrigan. Carbury almost pulled one back on fifth teen minutes, but Mark McGoldrick’s effort was saved before the follow up from McManus drifted wide. Cadbury were on the mark seconds later through Stephen Keenan.

It was now end to end and Carbury were under pressure from an unforgiving Strand side who were lethal on the counter attack. Carbury net minder Mark Rooney had to be alert on several occasions to ensure Carbury didn’t fall further behind before half-time.

Carbury had chances in the second half, with Ibra Savage and McManus coming close in the final stages. But strands superior finishing was the crucial element, Carbury suffered further problems when referee Philip Mc Loughlin dismissed Mark Hannon Things went from bad to worse in injury time when Daniel Gray Harrigan scored his second of the evening to make it three goals to one the night for a Strand Celtic side that has now taken massive points of the top two contenders.

This was a disappointing night for Carbury and one that could prove decisive in the title race. A fully deserved victory for a Strand Celtic side who were impressive throughout.

Next weekend Carbury face Oliver Bond Celtic Dublin in the FAI Junior Cup next weekend and it will take a massive effort to take something from this game should present form continue.

Real Tubber entertained Leitrim Kingpins Manor Rangers at the Ray Mac Sharry Park on Sunday morning. Manor were a goal up at the half way stage courtesy of a Seamus Ryder strike. Whatever about the first half Real Tubber dominated all of the second half with devasting fire power.

Ben Henry and Jack Walsh each scoring twice with a goal each for Raff Cretaro, Eoin O Donnell and Jack Flatley bagging a total of seven goals for Real tibber. Manor scored once more a fine finish from Cian Rock for whatever reason the defence of wall has, in recent times crumbled.

Ballisodare continue improving winning by the odd goal in three away to Aughanagh Celtic at Ballinafad. Aughanagh went ahead on sixteen minutes when Daniel Lyons rifled home the opening goal. Twenty minutes later Conor White had Ballisodare level and just before the break Gerry Cavanagh hit what in the end would prove the winning goal for a well drilled Ballisodare United.

Arrow Harps shared the spoils with Cliffoney Celtic on the Astro at Dromahair. Shane Deignan given the Riverstown boys the lead on forty minutes. Cliffoney Celtic hit back twenty minutes from time when Kevin Gavigan was on target to earn a share of the spoils.

League leaders in the Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League Coolaney United hoped to return to winning ways after last weeks defeat at the hands of Carrick Town. This time they entertained Calry Bohs in an afternoon kick off at Ray Mac Sharry Park.

This was a massive game for both sides a win for Calry would bring them right back into contention while a win for Coolaney would put them clear at the top so all to play for. The first half was a tense affair with no quarter asked or given and both defences standing tall.  Twenty minutes into the second half and Calry Bohs hit the front with a superb goal from Benedict Nwani. Coolaney United stayed focused and eight minutes from time leading scorer Cathal Davey hammered home a magnificent equaliser that keeps Coolaney right in the mix at the top of the tree. Calry Bohs lurking now in third spot will go all the way to the wire with the front runners in a very exciting and pulsating league.

In the meantime, St Johns maintain the pressure on the front runners winning by four goals to one at Forthill against a Glenview Stars side that has in recent weeks failed to deliver. Jake Drewe netted for Stars but two goals each for Donal Fidgeon and Stephen Armstrong keep St Johns well on course for silverware as they lead the pack at present on goal difference.

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Gurteen Celtic with two goals from young Dylan Walsh took all three points at Mac Sharry Park against Kilglass Enniscrone United. This was a massive three points Gurteen who continue to rise up and away from the bottom of the table.

Disciplinary:

04/02/22 Sligo Southern Hotel Super League Carbury FC v Strand Celtic No 3 Mark Hannon Carbury FC stands suspended for the next two (2) League fixture, fined €30 and cautioned as to his future conduct.

06/02/22 Sligo Pallets Premier League Coolaney United v Calry Bohs Max Burns Flynn Coolaney United stands suspended for the next League fixture, fined €30 and cautioned as to his future conduct.

Rule 26. Every Club is responsible to the Sligo-Leitrim Committee for the action of its players, officials and spectators, and is required to take all precautions necessary to prevent spectators threatening or assaulting officers and /or players during or at the conclusion of matches.

Please note all above are standard disciplinary actions further sanctions may well follow once the match official’s report is received.

All fines must be paid within 7 Days to SLDSL Treasurer Robert Kennedy 69, Cloondara Ballisodare Co Sligo. Fines outstanding after this will be doubled and further disciplinary action will follow.

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (18) Dylan Martin Strand Celtic (17) Malachy Spratt Cartron Utd (15) Jason Lyons Carbury FC (13) Donald Gallagher Cartron Utd (10) Mark Mc Goldrick Carbury FC Jack Davitt Cliffoney Celtic Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd

Sligo Pallet Premier League:

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (24) Cathal Davey Coolaney Utd. (17) Conor Healy Ballygawley Celtic (16) Hughie Marren Chaffpool Utd (14) Shane Beirne Carrick Town (13) Anthony Johnston St Johns FC (11) Donal Fidgeon St Johns FC. (9) Ciaran Mc Murray Coolaney Utd Clive Brennan, Jake Drewe Glenview Stars Conor Brennan St Johns FC.

St Patrick’s Weekend:

The League wish to inform all clubs that the weekend of the 18th to the 20th March is a free weekend. This will give clubs, players, match officials, and grounds a well-deserved break and allow all enjoy a long St Patrick’s weekend.

Grounds:

All pitch inspections are covered within the framework of the SLDSL and SBISRS. Pitch inspections can be requested by contacting the Secretary of SBISRS Owen Mc Loughlin on 087 9323150 no later than 12 Noon on Saturdays with 24hrs notice for games on Fridays.

Where a ground is deemed unplayable by the SBISRS the game must revert to the opponent’s grounds. Should the opponents’ grounds be unplayable, either side can, if available provide an alternative ground within the SLDSL should the Kick Off differ from the original scheduled Kick Off i.e.,11am to 2pm and match official is available this game will go ahead any club failing to field will forfeit points.

Where a club travel to a ground and a pitch is deemed unplayable yet No Pitch Inspection was requested. The home club will forfeit home advantage and can, depending on circumstances forfeit all three points which is at the total discretion of the SLDSL. There is absolutely no excuse for not requesting Pitch Inspections.

Clubs wishing to book the Astro at Mac Sharry Park can do so my going on to the Sligo Leitrim DSL Facebook page clicking on SportsKey and booking. All booking enquires please contact League Treasurer Robert Kennedy on 086 6474674

Summer 7 A- Side:

The League will be running Summer 7 A Sides at Mac Sharry Park interested groups should e mail me at noelmkennedysligo@gmail.com for expressions of interest.

Inter Firms Competition.

The league is also considering an Inter Firms Summer competition and would welcome expressions of interest to noelmkennedysligo@gmail.com.

Sligo Leitrim DSL

Result Friday 4th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Carbury FC1 – 3Strand CelticP. Mc Loughlin

Result Saturday 5th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Cartron Utd4 – 1Ballymote CelticG. Gilmartin

Results Sunday 6th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Aughanagh Celtic1 – 2Ballisodare UtdO. McLoughlin
Real Tubber7 – 2 Manor RangersS. Fallon
Arrow Harps1 – 1Cliffoney CelticP. Kilcoyne

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Valley RoversPBallygawley CelticJ. Griffin
Glenview Stars1 – 4St Johns FCT. Butler
Coolaney Utd1 – 1Calry Bohs S. McGarry
Chaffpool UtdPCarrick TownC. Gunning
Gurteen Celtic2 – 0Kilglass Enniscrone UtdJ. McMorrow

Sligo Leitrim District League 6th February ‘22

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

PWDLFAGDPoints
Cartron United F.C.17141253292443
Carbury FC16122267135438
Strand Celtic FC17104357243334
MCR FC1610243829932
Manor Rangers176564849-123
Ballisodare United177193347-1422
Cliffoney Celtic175574139220
Arrow Harps165563336-320
Aughanagh Celtic175393837118
Real Tubber1750124768-2115
Ballymote Celtic1632112256-3411
Merville United1722132878-508

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (18) Dylan Martin Strand Celtic (17) Malachy Spratt Cartron Utd (15) Jason Lyons Carbury FC (13) Donald Gallagher Cartron Utd (10) Mark Mc Goldrick Carbury FC Jack Davitt Cliffoney Celtic Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd

Sligo Pallets Premier League

PWDLFAGDPoints
St. John’s FC16103356292733
Coolaney United15103247252233
Calry Bohs1584340202028
Glenview Stars1583441291227
Kilglass Inishscrone147343226624
Chaffpool United146353130121
Ballygawley Celtic144734139219
Gurteen Celtic165293034-417
Carrick Town FC155283044-1417
Dromahair FC1650113959-2015
Valley Rovers143293150-1911
Benbulben FC1412111952-335

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (24) Cathal Davey Coolaney Utd. (17) Conor Healy Ballygawley Celtic (16) Hughie Marren Chaffpool Utd (14) Shane Beirne Carrick Town (13) Anthony Johnston St Johns FC (11) Donal Fidgeon St Johns FC. (9) Ciaran Mc Murray Coolaney Utd Clive Brennan, Jake Drewe Glenview Stars Conor Brennan St Johns FC.

Fixtures Friday 11th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 7.30pm

Ballymote CelticvArrow HarpsO. McLoughlin

Astro Ballisodare

Fixtures Saturday 12th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 7.30pm

Ballisodare UtdvCartron UtdP. Kilcoyne
Strand CelticvMCR FCO. Mcloughlin

Sligo Pallets Premier League

St Johns FCvGurteen CelticG. Gilmartin

Fixtures Sunday 13th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Manor Rangersv Merville UtdP. McLoughlin
Cliffoney CelticvReal TubberT. Oates

Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O 11am

Kilglass Enniscrone UtdvDromahair FCS. McGarry
Carrick TownvValley RoversC. Gunning
Ballygawley CelticvGlenview StarsR. Zoschke
Benbulben FCvCoolaney UtdJ. Griffin
Calry BohsvChaffpool UtdS. Fallon

FAI Centenary Junior Cup 5th Round KO 2.pm

Oliver Bond FCvCarbury FC 

Note:

All results by 1.30pm after game to 087 1087771 Home team responsible for calling in match result with all scorers. “Home Team responsible to provide at least Four (4) Match Balls for all Home fixtures. All Cup & Shield games decided on the day if still a draw after 90 minutes plus one period of E/T (10mins E/W) FIFA Rules on penalties to decide.

Friday 18th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 8pm

Real Tubberv Ballymote Celtic 

Mac Sharry Park

Sligo Pallets Premier League KO 7.30pm

Dromahair FCvSt Johns FC 

Fixtures Sunday 20th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Arrow HarpsvBallisodare Utd 
Merville UtdvCliffoney Celtic 
MCR FCvManor Rangers 
Aughanagh CelticvStrand Celtic 

Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O 11am

Gurteen CelticvBallygawley Celtic 
Coolaney UtdvKilglass Enniscrone Utd 
Chaffpool UtdvBenbulben FC 

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 2 pm

Cartron UtdvCarbury FC 

Mac Sharry Park

Sligo Pallets Premier League KO 2.pm

Carrick TownvCalry Bohs 
Valley RoversvGlenview Stars 

Friday 25th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 8pm

Ballymote Celticv Merville Utd 

Mac Sharry Park

Fixture Saturday 26th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 7.30pm

Carbury FCv Arrow Harps 

Mac Sharry Park

Fixtures Sunday 27th February 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Cliffoney CelticvMCR FC 
Aughanagh CelticvCartron Utd 

Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O 11am

Ballygawley CelticvDromahair FC 
St Johns FCvCoolaney United 
Kilglass Enniscrone UtdvChaffpool United 
Glenview StarsvGurteen Celtic 
Calry BohsvValley Rovers 
Benbulben FCvCarrick Town 

5th Round Connacht Cup KO 2.pm

Ballisodare UtdvMervue 
Mervue Utd BvStrand Celtic 

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