Junior Soccer came back in superb style kicking off with a mouth-watering clash in the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League between the two giants Manorhamilton Rangers and reigning champions Carbury.
By NOEL KENNEDY
Would Manor Rangers be able to put a dent in the crown of the champions or would Carbury continue their relentless march to yet another title.
Sunday’s game would not give all the answers but it most certainly would go a very long way in determining this seasons champions. The stage was all set at the Bee Park and expectations running high in both camps. Man, in the middle Paul Kilcoyne got the game up and running and the next ninety minutes was going to be a roller coaster ride.
The Bee Park erupted after only five minutes when a beautiful cross from Alan Hickey was met with a powerful header from his brother Aaron Hickey that flew past Mark Rooney in the Carbury goals to give Manor Rangers the lead.
The pressure was now on Carbury who responded sixteen minutes later when Paul Scanlon the Manor Rangers net minder misread a cross from Aaron Murrin and the ball ended up in the back of the Manor net.
This seemed to indicate more goals but alas, it was not to be and both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils in the end. Manor Rangers now lead the pack by one point with three league games remaining they have the power and the class to take maximum points.
Carbury one point behind with a game in hand have to win there next four league games which you would expect them to do, but they have Connacht Cup and local Cup commitments to contest as well and yes it’s still all to play for.
Cartron United have at least consolidated third position hitting seven past Glenview Stars at Forthill a hat trick here for Donal Gallagher with Dylan Monaghan, Michael Harte Kevin Buckley and Nathan Hargadon all scoring once. Stars scorer from the penalty spot was Dylan Martin.
Strand Celtic made the journey to Mullaghmore a profitable one winning by the odd goal in seven in a cracker of a game. James Warnock scored after two minutes to give Cliffoney Celtic the lead with Ben Spellman levelling seven minutes later for Strand.
Cliffoney had the opportunity to ahead from the penalty spot ten minutes from half time but the well taken spot kick by Cathal Kelly was superbly saved by the Strand goal keeper. Two minutes into the second half and young Max Stafford fired Strand into the lead and sixteen minutes later Ben Spellman struck his second and Strands third goal to see them coasting.
Cliffoney however were far from out done and on seventy-eight minutes Michael Gilmartin had them back in the fray with an excellent strike and five minutes later the sides were level when Alan Nicholson rattled the back of the Strand net. A draw now looked on the cards but two minutes from time eighteen-year old Luke McGuinn stepped up to rifle home a glorious winner that captured all three points for the Beach Boys.
The Ballisodare Boys travelled to Ballinafad for their game against Aughanagh Celtic the home side took the lead a minute from half time when Kieran Kilfeather scored.
Ballisodare United levelled with a fine strike from Josh Mulrennan but Aughanagh still pressed forward and Marcus Guckian powered home the second goal on sixty-five minutes. Both sides continued to attack and Ballisodare succeeded in getting a share of the points when Rian Gorman netted the equaliser.
Merville United welcomed fellow strugglers to Maugheraboy and and the home side looked on course for a bumper three points going two goals within the first ten minutes. First strike from Killian Feeney and the second goal from Donagh Crowne.
However, St Johns had different ideas on thirty minutes the fight back commenced with Sean O Flynn powered his way forward to score a brilliant goal. Ten minutes later and the sides were level with another fine strike this time from Conor King. The second half was nip and tuck and on sixty minutes super sub Ryan Healy struck the decisive goal to take all three points for a jubilant St Johns.
Meanwhile at Brother Walfrid Park the might of Real Tubber came to see if they could conquer Ballymote Celtic in this top of the table clash in the Andrew Mullen’s Sligo Pallets Premier.
A win here for Ballymote Celticwould see them in the driving seattwo points behind Real Tubber but with three games to play, they would be bankers for the title. Real Tubber on the other hand would be on a maximum of forty-six points, eight points clear of Ballymote Celtic which makes it a totally different ball game so it was all to play for a Brother Walfrid park with Man in the middle getting proceedings under way.
This game had it all spills and thrills throughout with the game on a knifes edge to the final minute. Adam Cunnane set the tempo when he blasted Ballymote Celtic into the lead on five minutes. Real Tubber kept their composure equalising ten minutes later with a deft finish from Daniel Gorman.
This was exciting stuff and it only got better on thirty minutes Adam Cunnane stepped up to give Ballymote Celtic the lead with his second goal of the game. Real Tubber continued to battle and were rewarded a minute from the break when Daniel Gorman scoring his second goal for Real Tubber drew the sides level. Both sides as well as the spectator’s welcomed the break and the chance to take a breather.
The second half was a cliff hanger with neither asking for, or giving any quarter and it was the league leaders Real Tubber who took the lead on sixty-five minutes with a beauty of a strike from Jason Perry. Real Tubber defence were in fine form with not a inch given and it looked all over until the final minute of play.
Ballymote Celtic earned a corner kick and the towering Ballymote Celtic goal keeper Stephen Heraghty raced upfield to lend his presence to the final throw of the dice and boy did he deliver with a stunning header that earned a vital point for Ballymote Celtic as well as taking two points from Real Tubber. This was a game that will be talked about for years to come it had everything. Real Tubber are now five points clear of Ballymote Celtic who have three games in hand and Ballymote have the steel and the pedigree to go and lift the title if they do, they will have earned it.
Cup Fever was the order of the day on Sunday kicking off in Riverstown were Arrow Harps who welcomed Calry Bohs to this Quarter Final of the Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Maintenance Cup clash.
Both sides were evenly matched and the game was decided two minutes from half time when Karl Mc Kenna cracked home the only goal of the game. This result now sees Arrow Harps in the Semi Final of the Cup away to Coolaney United next Wednesday night. The other semi final sees Ballymote Celtic welcome Chaffpool United to Brother Walfrid Park. Carbury play Cliffoney Celtic at Forthill in the Quarter finals while Ballisodare United entertain Manor Rangers in the Semi Finals of the Glasshouse Cup all KO 7pm.
In the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League on Wednesday night Merville welcome Strand Celtic. St Johns play Glenview Stars and Ray Mac Sharry Park and MCR entertain Aughanagh Celtic at Sean Fallon Park All KO 7pm.
Ballymote Celtic v Real Tubber Sligo Pallets Premier League Sunday 19th July 2020 Stephen Cannon Ballymote Celtic for the use of foul and abusive language towards the match official is fined €100 and a final caution as to his future conduct.
Results Sunday 19th July
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League
|Glenview Stars||1 – 7||Cartron Utd|
|Cliffoney Celtic||3 – 4||Strand Celtic|
|Merville Utd||2 – 3||St Johns FC|
|Aughanagh Celtic||2 – 2||Ballisodare Utd|
|Manor Rangers||1 – -1||Carbury FC|
Sligo Pallets Premier League
|Ballymote Celtic||3 – 3||Real Tubber|
Quarter Finals Cleary Landscapes Cup
|4||Arrow Harps||1 – 0||Calry Bohs|
Sligo Leitrim DSL
League Tables 19th July
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League
|1||Manorhamilton Rangers FC||15||12||2||1||31||38|
|4||Strand Celtic FC||16||7||3||6||-5||24|
|5||Aughanagh Celtic FC||16||6||3||7||1||21|
|8||Ballisodare United FC||15||4||3||8||-8||15|
|9||Merville United FC||13||4||1||8||-11||13|
|10||St Johns FC||17||4||0||13||-21||12|
|11||Glenview Stars FC||13||1||1||11||-35||4|
Ej’s Leading Scorers (16) Robbie Cunningham Manor Rangers, Ryan Mc Manus Carbury FC (11) Donal Gallagher Cartron Utd (10) Darragh Healy Ballisodare Utd, Keith Nibbs MCR FC Gareth Kelly Carbury FC (9) Gary Armstrong, Carbury FC Conor Mc Keon Strand Celtic, (8) Ben Spellman, Strand Celtic (6), Alan Gregg Cliffoney Celtic, , Ciaran Harvey MCR Enda Mc Gowan Cartron Utd
Sligo Pallets Premier League:
|1||Real Tubber FC||18||14||2||2||55||44|
|2||Ballymote Celtic FC||15||12||3||0||35||39|
|3||Arrow Harps FC||18||10||2||6||3||32|
|4||Calry Bohemians FC||18||9||1||8||8||28|
|5||Chaffpool United FC||16||7||1||8||0||22|
|6||Coolaney United FC||17||7||1||9||-3||22|
|7||Yeats United FC||18||7||0||11||-15||21|
|8||Carrick Town FC||18||6||2||10||-17||20|
|9||Ballygawley Celtic FC||18||4||3||11||-26||15|
|10||Gurteen Celtic FC||18||3||1||14||-40||10|
Ej’s Leading scorers: (21) Mark Irwin Ballymote Celtic, (14) Matthew Mulhern Real Tubber, (12) Mamoud Mansaray Calry Bohs, Donal Fidgeon Yeats Utd, , (10) Paul Connolly Chaffpool Utd, (9) Eoin Walsh Real Tubber, Colm Duffy Ballymote Celtic, (8) Cian Kilcoyne Arrow Harps, Ryan Walsh Ballygawley Celtic, Shane Beirne Carrick Town,(6) Stanley Harte Coolaney Utd, (5) Jack Walsh Real Tubber, Daniel Gorman Real Tubber.
Sligo Leitrim DSL
Fixtures Wednesday 22nd July KO 7pm
Quarter Finals Glasshouse Hotel Cup
|4||Carbury FC||v||Cliffoney Celtic||O. McLoughlin|
Semi Final Glasshouse Hotel Cup
|5||Ballisodare Utd||v||Manor Rangers||T. Oates T. Butler G. Gilmartin|
Semi Final Cleary Landscapes Cup
|C||Coolaney Utd||v||Arrow Harps/Calry Bohs||C. Gunning|
|D||Ballymote Celtic||v||Chaffpool Utd||J. Griffin|
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League
|Merville Utd||v||Strand Celtic||S. Fallon|
|St Johns FC||v||Glenview Stars||P. Kilcoyne|
|MCR FC||v||Aughanagh Celtic||P. McLoughlin|
Venue for St Johns v Glenview Stars is Mac Sharry Park:
All Cup games decided on the day if still a draw after 90 minutes plus one period of extra time (10 minutes each way) FIFA rules on penalties to apply. All Finals may be played at the Ray Mac Sharry Complex Cranmore Road Sligo. After expenses both clubs share the gate receipts 50/50. Both Finalists are responsible for insuring agreement of gate receipts. Team draw out first in Final has Home dressing rooms.
Ground inspections must be requested before 12 Noon for Weekend clashes and at least 24 Hours for mid-week clashes. Where a ground is deemed unplayable the game must revert to the opponent’s ground, if playable. Where a team has travelled and the ground is deemed unplayable but no ground inspection had been carried out the game will revert to the opponent’s ground and following the referees report further disciplinary action may be taken. In all Local Cup competitions Home Teams pay full match expenses.
Sligo Leitrim DSL
Fixtures Sunday 26th July
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am
|Manorhamilton Rangers||v||MCR FC||P. McLoughlin|
|Glenview Stars||v||Strand Celtic||P. Kilcoyne|
|Merville Utd||v||Cliffoney Celtic.||J. Griffin|
CFA TP Brennan 5TH Round Cup KO 2pm
|Salthill Devon||v||Cartron Utd|
|Carbury F C||v||Manulla||O. McLoughlin, C. Gunning G. Gilmartin|
CFA TP Brennan 3rd Round Shield KO 2pm
|Calry Bohs||v||NUIG Galway||T. Butler|
|Real Tubber FC||v||Corrib Celtic B||T. Oates|
|Ballymote Celtic||v||Ballygawley Celtic||S. Fallon|