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Sligo Leitrim 2020-202 season kicks-off with an opening day avalanche of goals


The Sligo Southern Hotel Super League 20/21 season came back with a roar seeing a glut of goals twenty-three in total in the first round of the new season.

Four clubs as might be expected at this share are separated only by goal difference. Top spot goes to North Sligo Kingpins Cliffoney Celtic who welcomed the Boys from Ballisodare to Mullaghmore. Diarmuid Gallagher opened the account for Cliffoney Celtic on thirty minutes placing the ball neatly in the bottom left hand corner of the Ballisodare United goals.

The young guns of Ballisodare were right back in it on sixty minutes with a bullet of a strike from Josh Mulrennan. However celebrations were short lived when five minutes later James Warnock restored order with a fine strike for Cliffoney Celtic.

Both sides continued to play attacking football but it was the home side who struck again fourteen minutes from time when James Davitt blasted home the third goal that insured all three points for Cliffoney Celtic.

Real Tubber travelled to Brother Walfrid Park to take on Ballymote Celtic and in doing so renewing old challenges but this time Real Tubber put Ballymote Celtic to the sword winning by the odd goal in five in and enthralling clash.

Real Tubber wasted no time in hitting the front with a powerful header from Ronan Forkin after only minutes giving them the lead. Ballymote Celtic equalised on twenty-five minutes with a cracker of a goal from Colm Duffy. Real Tubber restored order five minutes from half time when Daniel Gorman hit the back of the onion bag.

The second half was seventy-five minutes old when Ballymote Celtic again equalised this this courtesy of Jack Lavin and the game looked to be heading for a draw. But ten minutes from time teenager Josh Flynn lobbed Stephen Heraghty the Ballymote Celtic net minder from eighteen yards to score a glorious winner for Real Tubber.

League Champions Carbury FC welcomed Aughanagh Celtic to Sean Fallon Park and Carbury emerged winners by the odd goal in three.

Gary Armstrong put Carbury ahead on eight minutes, Brian Craig equalised for Aughanagh Celtic on twenty seven minutes and the steams remained locked in combat until twenty minutes from full time when Darren Sommers hit the winning goal.

Cartron United welcomed neighbours MCR to the Ray Mac Sharry Complex again a very tight affair with Cartron eventually emerging victors by the odd goal in three. Cartron hit the front on twelve minutes with a lethal finish from Donal Gallagher and Cartron were two goals up five minutes from the break when Gavin Sweeney fired home. MCR were back in contention twenty minutes from full time when Aliou Manoh Sesay scored but despite the best efforts of MCR they could not find away past the Cartron rear guard.

Merville United travelled to Riverstown for their encounter with new kids on the block Arrow Harps. Jordan Harte gave Merville United the lead on twenty minutes and three minutes from the break Patrick Benson equalised for Arrow Harps.

The second half was a tight affair with both sides creating chances but on sixty minutes Ryan Hargadon restored the lead for Merville United. Arrow Harps kept their composure and fourteen minutes from time were rewarded when Shane Deignan hit what in the end proved to be a brilliant equaliser has it earned Arrow Harps a well-deserved point in a great game.

Last season’s League Runners Up and Cup Winners Leitrim front runners Manor Rangers welcomed the Beach Boys Strand Celtic to the Bee Park Manorhamilton. Strand Celtic took the lead on sixteen minutes courtesy of a Mark Mc Goldrick strike.

Manor Rangers drew level eight minutes into the second half when skipper Alan Hickey scored. Strand Celtic went ahead again thirteen minutes from full time when Mark Mc Callion rifled home. But Manor showed their steel and were rewarded six minutes from time when sixteen-year-old Patrick Montgomery hit a superb equaliser for the Leitrim Boys.

The Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League also has several clubs in top spot separated only by goal difference. Coolaney United journeyed to Dromahaire to face the challenge of newcomer’s Dromahair FC and the experience of Coolaney was a telling factor as they scored seven times. Michael Mulvey netting a hat trick with a goal apiece from Enda Gallagher, Sean Doyle, Cathal Davey and Paul Farren.

Dromahair despite the high scoring did extremely well with a very young side and Shaun Conlon scored their only goal but there is more in this team and they rise higher. Coolaney have a strong side this year and will be in contention for silverware.

 St Johns journeyed to Enniscrone to take up the challenge of Kilglass – Enniscrone Utd and the visitors emerged winners in this eight-goal thriller. St Johns were four goals ahead at the break with strikes from Dean Osborne, Darragh Mc Goldrick, Malcolm Reilly and Conor Brennan.

The home side came out with all guns blazing in the second half and scored three goals in quick fire succession through Sean Carabine and a double strike from Lee Tuffy that had them right back in contention. However, St Johns again rallied and a Paddy Watters goal wrapped up the points for St Johns.

Calry Bohs welcomed Chaffpool United to Hazelwood and the home side proved to strong for the Pool. The Big Man Eoin Nicholson hitting two fine goals aided and abetted with a goal each from Jamie Grehan and David Devaney. The Pool replied twice courtesy of Joe Perry and Niall Connolly.

Carrick Town were visitors to Gurteen Celtic and the made the trip a profitable one thanks to goals from Shane Beirne penalty, Ryan Duarte and Darragh Hensey while Gurteen Celtic scored once with a fine goal from Dylan Walsh.

Glenview Stars were at home on Forthill to Ballygawley Celtic and the visitors hit the front on ten minutes when James Carroll scored. Stars equalised on thirty-five minutes when Dylan Martin netted and five minutes later Stars were ahead when Scott Mc Laughlin thundered home an unstoppable shot. Stars insured all three points fifth teen from time when Daniel Kelly scored their third goal and final goal.  

Results Sunday 13th Sept

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Ballymote Celtic2 – 3Real Tubber 
Cliffoney Celtic3 – 1Ballisodare Utd 
Carbury FC2 – 1Aughanagh Celtic 
Manor Rangers2 – 2Strand Celtic 
Arrow Harps2 – 2Merville Utd 
Cartron Utd2 – 1MCR FC 

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Calry Bohs4 – 2Chaffpool Utd
Glenview Stars3 – 1Ballygawley Celtic
Kilglass Enniscrone Utd3 – 5St Johns FC 
Gurteen Celtic1 – 3Carrick Town 
Dromahair FC1 – 7Coolaney Utd 

Sligo Leitrim DSL

League Tables 13th Sept

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

1Cliffoney Celtic110023
2Real Tubber FC110013
3Carbury FC110013
3Cartron United110013
5Merville United FC101001
5Strand Celtic FC101001
5Manorhamilton Rangers FC101001
5Arrow Harps FC101001
9Ballymote Celtic FC1001-10
10MCR FC1001-10
10Aughanagh Celtic FC1001-10
12Ballisodare United FC1001-20

Sligo Pallets Premier League:

1Coolaney United FC110063
2St Johns FC110023
3Calry Bohemians FC110023
4Carrick Town FC110023
4Glenview Stars FC110023
6Kilglass Enniscrone United FC1001-20
7Chaffpool United FC1001-20
8Ballygawley Celtic FC1001-20
8Gurteen Celtic FC1001-20
10Dromahair FC1001-60

Fixtures Saturday 19th Sept KO 7.30pm

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Strand CelticvArrow HarpsO Mc Loughlin

Fixtures Sunday 20th Sept KO 11am

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

MCR FCvBallymote CelticP. McLoughlin
Merville UtdvCartron UtdT Butler
Aughanagh CelticvManor RangersP. Kilcoyne
Real TubbervCliffoney CelticT. Oates

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Carrick TownvCalry BohsS. Fallon
St Johns FCvGurteen CelticG. Gilmartin
Coolaney UtdvKilglass Enniscrone UtdJ Mc Morrow
Ballygawley CelticvDromahair FCJ. Griffin
Chaffpool UtdvGlenview StarsC. Gunning

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 2pm

Ballisodare UtdvCarbury FCP. McLoughlin


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