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Cliffoney spring a surprise to put a halt to Carbury’s Sligo Southern Super League gallop

CARBURY’s bid to make it five Sligo Southern Hotel Super League titles in a row took a dent on Wednesday night last when Cliffoney Celtic made the trip to MacSharry Park and sprung a surprise winning by three goals to one. 

The match started at fast pace and the first chance of the match fell to Niall Brennan when his twenty-yard effort hit the crossbar after seven minutes. On ten minutes Cliffoney took the lead against the run of play when Johnny Boyle tapped in a rebound after Carbury keeper Mark Rooney saved from the free kick.


Carbury continued to spurn chances and were made to pay when on twenty-five minutes Cliffoney doubled their lead when Gary O Connor scored goal number two.  On thirty-three minutes Jason Lyons almost got Carbury back in the game but his close-range effort was deflected out for a corner kick and at Half-Time time Cliffoney held a two-goal lead.

The second half continued much as the first with Carbury dominating in possession but not finding a way past a well organised Cliffoney defence. On fifty-two minutes Carbury had a penalty appeal turned down after Gary Armstrong was upended in the box but the Referee waved away the protests. Carbury chances of rescuing anything from the match suffered a massive blow when influential midfielder Ross Mc Loughlin received his marching orders on the hour mark. 

Credit to Carbury they gave themselves a glimmer of hope when the outstanding Niall Brennan pulled a goal back fifth teen minutes from time with a twenty-yard strike low into the bottom right corner of the Cliffoney Celtic net. Carbury pushed hard for the equaliser but with seven minutes remaining on the clock Cliffoney killed the game off when Johnny Boyle finished off a fine counter attack to bag that vital third goal for the North Sligo Kingpins.

Great credit to Cliffoney for seeing out the win and the full-time whistle brought celebrations by them and the large crowd of supporters. 

League leaders Cartron United were back were back on duty at the Ray Mac Sharry Complex on Saturday where they hosted Leitrim Kingpins Manor Rangers. Cartron safe in the knowledge that a win here would put massive daylight between themselves ad Carbury. Cartron opened brightly and Ryan Lynch on twenty-five minutes had them in the driving seat and ten minutes later Malachy Spratt had the Cartron boys two goals to the good before the break.

The second half seen Manor Rangers up the tempo and Cathal O Donnell brought them back into the fray with a cracker of a goal ten minutes into the second half. Manor continued to press and with twenty minutes left on the clock Manor were awarded a penalty kick which Patrick Woulfe dispatched past the Cartron net minder. Once again Cartron failed to kill of a game that they were in control they wont get to many more gift wrapped chances.

Carbury after there shock defeat on Wednesday night do what they do best, dusted themselves down and came back firing on all cylinders at Ray Mac Sharry Park where they entertained Ballymote Celtic. Carbury were three goals to the good at the break courtesy of strikes from Jason Lyons, Niall Brennan and Gary Armstrong. The second was a carbon copy with a goal from Gary Armstrong and a double strike from Tyler Stallard. Carbury with two games in hand are now five points adrift of Cartron and they have a massive opportunity next Saturday night at Mac Sharry Park when they entertain Leitrim Kingpins Manor Rangers a game not to be missed.

Strand Celtic seen their recent excellent form continue at Ballisodare where they led the home side by three goals to thanks to a brilliant hat trick from Dylan Martin. All seemed well with twelve minutes to go until the sleeping giant awoke, Conor Davey on eighty-one minutes Ritchie Hunter two minutes later, Daragh Healy a minute from fulltime and a fantastic winner three minutes into injury time when Finn O Hara rifled home a glorious goal for the Boys of Ballisodare,

MCR continue their fine form emerging victors by the odd goal in five in a hard-fought battle against Arrow Harps at Sean Fallon Park. Ben Touhy had Arrow Harps ahead early on, Donagh Crowne levelled for MCR leaving both sides level at the break. The second half seen MCR use their heads with first Alieu Menah Sesay and then Paul Devins both scoring with two excellent headed goals. Later Luke Flynn brought Harps right back into the game but the backline of MCR stood solid to capture all three points.

North Sligo kingpins travelled to Ballinafad high on their previous midweek victory but they soon learned that you are only as good as your last game when they tacked Aughanagh Celtic. Niall Craig opened his account for Aughanagh Celtic on twenty minutes, and five minutes before the break Cliffoney were right back when Mark Burns hit the equaliser.

Aughanagh Celtic restored order on sixty minutes with Niall Craig scoring his second goal of the game and ten minutes from time Tom Duffy put the cherry on the cake hitting the third and killer goal for Aughanagh Celtic.

Real Tubber and Merville United had an afternoon clash at the Ray Mac Sharry Park, both young teams the perfect surface of Mac Sharry Park ensured a fast, open attacking game.

Real Tubber had a heavy arsenal on display Raff Cretaro and Eoin Walsh each scoring twice with a goal each from Jack Walsh and Ben Henry hitting Merville United for six without reply as Real Tubber continue to climb out of the relegation zone.

League leaders in the Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League St Johns FC travelled to Geevagh for their afternoon kick off in the knowledge that Coolaney United had won well this morning, have a game in hand and only goal difference separating them. This was a must win for St Johns against the Young Guns of Valley Rovers.

Valley Rovers were ahead at the break by the odd goal in three with Ciaran Jennings and Jake Tobin on the mark for the Geevagh Boys. While St Johns netted thanks to Jack Canning. Ten minutes into the second half and St Johns were awarded a penalty which seen a fantastic save from Cian Mastin the Valley Rovers net minder. Then Ciaran Jennings took over hitting another three goals for bringing his tally to four in this game that ensured an unbelievable three points for the Young Guns of Geevagh. Anthony Johnston scored once more for St Johns but the day and points all belong to Valley Rovers.

Coolaney United entertained a very strong Chaffpool United at Ballisodare astro. Leading scorer Cathal Davey netting twice bringing his tally to twenty-three goals in twelve league games a phenomenal achievement to date. Ciaran Mc Murray and Stanley Harte adding to the tally while Paul Connolly pulled back a goal for the Pool, but the day and points all belonged to Coolaney United. But what a game next Sunday when the return fixture see’s Chaffpool United host Coolaney United in their rearranged game that was originally scheduled for Sunday the 12th September all to play for again.

Glenview Stars in third place on the leader hit board hit Benbulben FC for five without reply at the Showgrounds astro pitch on Saturday night. Clive Brennan and Hayden Cawley each scoring twice and Dylan Wimsey adding the fifth goal that sees Stars shining brightly and in contention.

Calry Bohs travelled to and lost more ground on the leading pack this time going down by the only goal of the game scored on fifty-five minutes by Shane O Grady for a vastly improved Gurteen Celtic

Kilglass Enniscrone United made the long journey to Ballygawley Celtic a profitable one winning by the odd goal in three in a great encounter. Conor Healy scoring from the penalty spot for Ballygawley Celtic with the visitors going one better courtesy of a goal each from Ronan Martin and Brandon Fitzgerald.

Carrick Town maintain their recent good form winning well away to Dromahair at the fine astro facilities in Dromahair on Saturday night. Shane Beirne scoring twice for the town and an own goal securing all three points. While Shane Fowley netted the only goal for Dromahair and in between all that the Town Keeper saved a brilliant spot kick three minutes from half time that now sees the town in ninth place on the leader board.


09/01/2022 Sligo Pallets Premier League Kilglass Enniscrone Utd v St Johns FC Peter Buckley Kilglass Enniscrone United Three Match Suspension fined €30 and cautioned as to his future conduct. (Misses next 3 league fixture)

12/01/2022 Having reviewed the Match Officials report of Fixture 12/01/2022 Sligo Southern Hotel Super League, Carbury FC v Cliffoney Celtic No. 8 Ross Mc Loughlin Carbury FC stands suspended for the next two (2) League fixtures, fined €30 and cautioned as to his future conduct.

12/01/22 Having reviewed the Match Officials report of Fixture 12/01/2022 Sligo Southern Hotel Super League, Carbury FC v Cliffoney Celtic Jason Mc Cartney Carbury FC stands suspended for the next three (3) League fixtures, fined €30 and cautioned as to his future conduct. This decision included unacceptable remarks on social media.

Having reviewed the Match Officials report of Fixture 12/01/2022 Sligo Southern Hotel Super League, Carbury FC v Cliffoney Celtic N0 (15) Gareth Kelly Carbury FC stands suspended for the next four (4) League fixtures, fined €30 and cautioned as to his future conduct. This decision included totally unacceptable behaviour and remarks on social media.

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.

Result Wednesday 12th January 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Carbury FC1 – 3Cliffoney CelticO. McLoughlin

Results Saturday 15th January 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 7.30pm

Cartron Utd2 – 2. Manor RangersP. Kilcoyne
Ballisodare Utd4 – 3Strand CelticO. McLoughlin

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Dromahair FC1 – 3Carrick TownJ. Griffin
Glenview Stars5 – 0Benbulben FCG. Gilmartin

Results Sunday 16th January 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Carbury FC6 – 0Ballymote CelticO. McLoughlin
M C R F C3 – 2Arrow HarpsS. Fallon
Aughanagh Celtic3 – 1Cliffoney CelticS. Mc Garry

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Coolaney Utd4 – 1Chaffpool UtdJ. McMorrow
Ballygawley Celtic1 – 2Kilglass Enniscrone UtdP. McLoughlin
Gurteen Celtic1 – 0Calry BohsC. Gunning

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Real Tubber6 – 0Merville UtdP. McLoughlin

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Valley Rovers5 – 2St Johns FCT. Butler

Sligo Leitrim District League Sunday 16th Jan ‘22

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Cartron United F.C.15121246271937
Carbury FC13102157104732
Strand Celtic FC1584345232228
MCR FC148243226626
Manor Rangers1465345311423
Cliffoney Celtic155463935419
Ballisodare United156183142-1119
Arrow Harps144462634-816
Aughanagh Celtic143383032-212
Real Tubber1440103862-2412
Ballymote Celtic143291846-2811
Merville United1522112766-398

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (14) Jason Lyons Carbury FC (13) Malachy Spratt Cartron Utd Dylan Martin Strand Celtic (11) Donald Gallagher Cartron Utd (10) Jack Davitt Cliffoney Celtic Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd

Sligo Pallets Premier League

St. John’s FC1492348242429
Coolaney United1292143212229
Glenview Stars1383239221727
Calry Bohs1373337181924
Kilglass Inishscrone115332522318
Ballygawley Celtic134633735218
Chaffpool United125342526-118
Dromahair FC145093753-1615
Carrick Town FC144282843-1514
Gurteen Celtic143292634-811
Valley Rovers133282945-1611
Benbulben FC1312101950-315

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (23) Cathal Davey Coolaney Utd. (16) Conor Healy Ballygawley Celtic (14) Shane Beirne Carrick Town (13) Anthony Johnston St Johns FC (12) Hughie Marren Chaffpool Utd (9) Ciaran Mc Murray Coolaney Utd Clive Brennan Glenview Stars

Sligo Leitrim DSL

Fixtures Saturday 22nd January 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 7.30pm

Carbury FCvManor RangersO. McLoughlin

Ray Mac Sharry Park


Sunday 23rd January 2022

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Real TubbervAughanagh CelticS. Fallon
Merville Utdv. MCR FCS. McGarry

Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O 11am

Chaffpool UtdvCoolaney UtdT. Butler
Dromahair FCvKilglass Enniscrone UtdR. Zoschke

Connacht FA Cup 4th Round Fixtures

Cartron UtdvBallisodare UtdP. Kilcoyne11am
Maree/Oranmore AvSt Johns FC 2pm
Craughwell UtdvStrand Celtic 2pm
Arrow HarpsvClaremorrisP. McLoughlin2pm

Connacht FA Shield 2nd Round Fixtures

Ballinrobe TownvCalry Bohs 2pm
Shiven RoversvBallygawley Celtic 2pm


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.

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