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Leaders Cartron toppled by Strand as chasing Carbury hit nine past hapless Real Tubber

The Sligo Southern Hotel Super League seen a glut of goals and some major shocks in an exciting weekend of football.

On Saturday evening Strand Celtic faced off against old foes Cartron United. A great turnout in The Showgrounds astro pitch. Game started fast with both teams trying to get that crucial first goal with few chances the best falling to Aaron O’Boyle missing from four yards being the highlight.

Strand got ahead on the half hour with O’Boyle again causing the threat. A mix-up at the back from a corner let him pounce and finish from close range.

The second half started with both teams feeling they could win. Strand got their second goal on ten minutes into the second half a great cross finished by Lee Wilson on the volley.

Ten minutes later substitute Malachy Spratt finished brilliantly into the top corner from a well worked move giving Cartron a foot in the door.

Some fine saves by Cian Basquille kept Strand in the game. Twenty minutes from time and Strand got their two-goal advantage back thanks to that man again Aaron O’Boyle due to a defensive mix-up in the Cartron rear-guard. Despite this Cartron to their credit battled back but just couldn’t find the net and in injury time Caoilte Brannigan got a goal he deserved for Strand to finish the game four goals to one.

Carbury in second place on the leader board ran out comprehensive winners on Saturday night in Ray MacSharry against a youthful Real Tubber. Carbury got off to the best possible start when Gareth Kelly gave them the lead after only two minutes played.

The Home team had not long to wait for their second goal when ten minutes later Gary Armstrong doubled the lead with a great strike from the edge of the box. Jason Lyons then started getting in on the act adding his first and Carbury’s third on the half hour mark, Jason hit his second and Carbury’s fourth goal six minutes from the break.

Carbury started the second half in the same vein when former Junior International Niall Brennan put Carbury five goals to the good after only two minutes. Five soon became six when Jason Lyons completed his hat-trick on forty-nine minutes. Lyons was a man on a mission and scored his fourth goal and Carbury’s seventh on the hour mark. Substitute Mark McGoldrick then got in on the act putting Carbury eight goals up and Niall Brennan finished off the scoring fifth teen minutes from time with his second of the match for a full-time score of Carbury nine Real Tubber zero.

Leitrim Kingpins Manor Rangers move into fifth lace on the leader board hitting North Sligo front runners Cliffoney Celtic for four without reply at Mullaghmore. James Clinton opening Manor’s account on the half hour, Brian Mc Donald scoring twice with a penalty from Patrick Woulfe fourteen minutes from time wrapping up all three points for a dominant Manor Rangers.

Big Derby game at Ballinafad seen Aughanagh Celtic welcome neighbours Arrow Harps and the visitors emerged winners by the odd goal in three in a nail-biting encounter. John Craig netted for Aughanagh Celtic with Arrow Harps responding with strikes from Darragh Kelly and Shane Deignan all this action in the first half.

The second half was a tense affair with Harps rear-guard in excellent form but five minutes from time Aughanagh seemed to have breached the wall on steel when a penalty was awarded. Darragh Hailstones took on the responsibility and hit a great penalty goal bound but the Arrow Harps net minder Ultan Mc Kenna made a spectacular save and in doing so capturing all three points for the Riverstown Boys.

Ballisodare were fast out of the blocks with their encounter at home Merville United Nine minutes gone and Darragh Healy clipped in a free kick which was headered to the back of the net by Conor Davey.

Twenty-six minutes in Ballisodare doubled their lead when Adam Grace unselfishly laid a ball off to Richie Hunter who riffled the ball past Kyle Crawley in the Merville goal.

It was three nil Ballisodare six minutes into the second half after superb play from Conor Davey who beat a defender and passed to Darragh Healy to slot home.

Merville hit back on fifty-six minutes when Ryan Hargadon burst past two Ballisodare defenders and unleashed a thunderous strike which evaded Tom Meehan in the home sides net.

However, Ballisodare restored a three-goal cushion via a goal from Adam Grace who calmly finished low past Crawley on sixty-two minutes.

Ryan Downey was sent off for Merville for a second bookable offence before Healy and Davey combined again and this time it was Davey who made it five goals to one Ballisodare with thirteen minutes remaining. Davey completed his hat trick after latching onto a Finn O’Hara cross to give Ballisodare six goals to one lead. Youngster Dylan Lacken came off the bench to make it goal number seven with the final kick of the game.

Ballymote Celtic pitch unplayable and Sean Fallon Park unavailable so we lost this fixture to another day.

In the Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League, League leaders Calry Bohs had a 4pm Kick Off at Mac Sharry against Kilglass Enniscrone United. Man in the middle Glenn Gilmartin got proceedings underway with both sides opening on a very high tempo. Kilglass Enniscrone United were well in the game when after thirty seven minutes the Floodlights on the Cranmore Road failed and despite best attempts repairs were unsuccessful and the game was abandoned and will be refixed.

Second in command St Johns played Carrick Town with a 2pm Kick Off at Mac Sharry Park order of the day three points. St Johns new that a win here was vital to keep pace with the league leaders and they delivered with a brilliant hat trick from Conor Brennan giving an early Christmas present to his club. The Town put up a great fight but the fire power of St Johns was in the end the deciding factor.

Coolaney United hosted Glenview Stars at Ray Mac Sharry Park and Coolaney had a one-man arsenal in leading scorer Cathal Davey. A first half trick seen Davey in devasting form adding his fourth goal in the second half. Stars were well in the game at the half way stage with a goal apiece from Clive Brennan and Jake Drewe keeping them in the hunt. But they were undo with the finishing power of Cathal Davey who played a sublime game.

Chaffpool United shred the spoils with visitors Ballygawley Celtic in Bunninadden. Conor Healy and Derek Lynch giving Ballygawley Celtic the lead while the Pool stayed in touch with a goal from Luke Byrne. The game was in the closing stages and Ballygawley looked to have done enough to take all three points that was until Pearse Gorman hit a thirty yard drive that rocketed into the top corner of the Ballygawley Celtic net and gave the Pool a very valuable share of the spoils.

Dromahair FC welcomed Gurteen Celtic to a foggy evening in Dromahair on Saturday, it was the visitors who took the spoils with a five-goal win. Strikes from Caolan Hunt with a penalty after eleven minutes, then a flurry of four goals in twelve minutes, two from Ross Donovan, Ross O Dowd and Dylan Walsh was enough for Gurteen to go home happy with their night’s work.

Valley Rovers game against Benbulben FC was also lost to the weather both grounds unplayable.


12/12/2021 Sligo Southern Hotel Super League Ballisodare Utd v Merville Utd Ryan Downing (No 5) Merville United fined €30 suspended for next league game and cautioned as to his future conduct.

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.

Venue Update:

Carbury FC will play all their home games from now till the end of March at Mac Sharry Park.

Christmas Break:

Last local domestic games W/E 19th December the Local Domestic League fixtures will resume W/E 9th January 2022.

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League:

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (13) Jason Lyons Carbury FC(10) Malachy Spratt Cartron Utd Jack Davitt Cliffoney Celtic (8) Dan Beya, Donal Gallagher Cartron Utd. Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd (7) Mark Mc Goldrick Carbury FC.

Sligo Pallet Premier League:

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (13) Cathal Davey Coolaney Utd (12) Conor Healy Ballygawley Celtic Anthony Johnston St Johns FC (11) Shane Beirne Carrick Town Hughie Marren Chaffpool United (8) Jake Drewe Glenview Stars. (7) Ciaran Mc Murray Coolaney Utd Clive Brennan Glenview Stars.

Results Saturday 11th December 2021

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Ballisodare Utd7 – 1Merville UtdP. Kilcoyne
Strand Celtic4 – 1Cartron UtdO. McLoughlin
Carbury FC9 – 0Real TubberP. McLoughlin

Carbury F C v Real Tubber Ray Mac Sharry Park

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Dromahair FC0 – 5Gurteen CelticS. McGarry

Fixtures Sunday 12th December 2021

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Ballymote CelticPMCR FCP. McLoughlin
Cliffoney Celtic0 – 4Manor RangersO. McLoughlin
Aughanagh Celtic1 – 2Arrow HarpsP. Kilcoyne

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Carrick Town0 – 3St Johns FCT. Butler
Chaffpool United2 – 2Ballygawley CelticT. Oates
Coolaney United4 – 2Glenview StarsC. Gunning
Calry BohsAKilglass Enniscrone UtdG. Gilmartin
Valley RoversPBenbulben FCJ. McMorrow

A = Abandoned due to Floodlight failure.

Sligo Leitrim District League Tables 12th December

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Cartron United F.C.12100238231530
Carbury FC109105074328
Strand Celtic FC1264231191222
MCR FC117132922722
Manor Rangers114433324916
Cliffoney Celtic124443429516
Arrow Harps114432221116
Ballisodare United124172434-1013
Aughanagh Celtic112362022-29
Real Tubber113083054-249
Ballymote Celtic112271637-218
Merville United1202102055-352

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (13) Jason Lyons Carbury FC(10) Malachy Spratt Cartron Utd Jack Davitt Cliffoney Celtic (8) Dan Beya, Donal Gallagher Cartron Utd. Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd (7) Mark Mc Goldrick Carbury FC.

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Calry Bohs1073035102524
St. John’s FC1172239162323
Coolaney United962127161120
Glenview Stars1062230201020
Dromahair FC115063340-715
Kilglass Inishscrone84222016414
Chaffpool United94231919014
Ballygawley Celtic102622831-312
Gurteen Celtic112182128-77
Valley Rovers102172036-167
Carrick Town FC112182039-197
Benbulben FC101271637-215

Ej’s Leading Scorers: (13) Cathal Davey Coolaney Utd (12) Conor Healy Ballygawley Celtic Anthony Johnston St Johns FC (11) Shane Beirne Carrick Town Hughie Marren Chaffpool United (8) Jake Drewe Glenview Stars. (7) Ciaran Mc Murray Coolaney Utd Clive Brennan Glenview Stars.

Sligo Leitrim DSL

Fixtures Friday 17th December 2021

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 7.30pm

Strand CelticvArrow HarpsP. McLoughlin

Fixtures Saturday 18th December 2021

Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O 7.30pm

St Johns FCvBenbulben FCG. Gilmartin
Dromahair FCvCoolaney UtdT. Butler

Fixtures Sunday 19th December 2021

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Cliffoney CelticvBallymote CelticP. McLoughlin
Real TubbervCartron UtdP. Kilcoyne
Merville UtdvAughanagh CelticG. Gilmartin
MCR FCvCarbury FCO. McLoughlin
Manor RangersvBallisodare UtdS. McGarry

Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O 11am

Valley RoversvKilglass Enniscrone UtdC. Gunning
Gurteen CelticvChaffpool UnitedJ. McMorrow
Glenview StarsvCarrick TownJ. Griffin

Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O 2pm

Ballygawley CelticvCalry BohsT. Oates


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 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.

The Sligo Leitrim DSL are Delighted to announce its Race Night on Wednesday the 29th December 1st race commencing at eight pm. Auction Races on the night will have the man in the middle Pauric Oates of OBG in charge of matters with very exciting races for all.

Aidan and Imelda Meehan of the Blue Lagoon, Sligo.

The League wish to Thank Main sponsor Imelda & Aiden Meehan of the Blue Lagoon, Riverside Sligo with Power Right, Oates Breheny Estate Agents, Anita Loftus Big Tree Yoga, John Lavin’s Menswear Ballymote Co Sligo. Sligo Branch Irish Soccer Referees Society, J J O Grady Coolaney Co Sligo, Padraig Doyle C T Electrical Finisklin, Owen Mc Loughlin Sligo Bay Lobsters, Sean Mc Ternan Carpets Ballast Quays Sligo.

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