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JUNIOR FOOTBALL is back and what a treat we have in store with the recommencement of the 2019/20 season. The leading teams in the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League lock horns it what could well define who will lift the title.

Manorhamilton Rangers lead the Super League on thirty-seven points and one point behind with a game in hand are defending Champions Carbury.


The Bee Park Manorhamilton will be buzzing next Sunday morning when these two giants of Junior soccer meet. The game should not be short of goals Manor Rangers have spear heading their attack leading scorer Robbie Cunningham on sixteen goals with backup from Seamus Ryder, Alan Hickey, Paul Logan the McDonald brothers along with the vastly experienced and talented Patrick Woulfe to mention but a few of a potentially lethal Manor Rangers.

But make no mistake about it the challenge is immense Carbury have and continue to be the most successful club in recent years both locally and in Connacht. They are used to the big stage and have fire power from many different sources.

None more astute than Ryan McManus a gifted player who on the day is a match winner. Backing him up in the Silver Fox Gareth Kelly who can produce goals at any given time as well as his running mate Gary Armstrong. Ross Mc Loughlin with Gary Finan in the engine room will ensure a fast pace with Colm Jinks organizing the Carbury rear guard this has tall the ingredients of a fantastic game that could well see a blitz or a single goal decide the outcome.

Man, in the middle for this encounter is the vastly experienced Paul Kilcoyne one of the top Junior Referees in the country. Paul has taken charge of FAI Junior Final at the Aviva stadium, Connacht Cup and Oscar Traynor finals so he is well used to the big occasion along with assistant’s Philip McLoughlin and Tomas Oates making up an excellent team of officials for this most exciting game.

In third place and ready to pounce on any slip ups are Cartron United they travel to Forthill where Glenview Stars await. Donal Gallagher and Enda Mc Gowan will lead the hunt for goals in Cartron’s quest for victory with Colin Feehily well able to hit the onion bag.

Glenview Stars will be anxious to give a good account of themselves and the Big Man Gino can on his day prove a handful for any defence. Man, in the middle here the vastly experienced Stephen Fallon.

Cliffoney Celtic welcome Strand Celtic to Mullaghmore Strand in fourth place and Cliffoney currently in sixth place. A win here for Cliffoney could see them move up the leader board and Alan Harrison along with Alan Gregg could well be the men to do that.

Strand a young and talent side and on their day a match for anyone, so this game will be a good encounter for both sides who can with their remaining fixtures also have a big influence on the title. Man, in the middle hear the very popular and experienced Terry Butler.

Aughanagh Celtic in mid table welcome Ballisodare United to Ballinafad Ballisodare with a very young side are fourth from bottom and should that get any worse they could be in the playoffs for Super League status next year. Aughanagh Celtic will with their competitive spirt will give nothing away while Ballisodare be anxious to put some light between themselves and the bottom three so its all to play for.

Aughanagh with Marcus Guckian, Seamus Kane and the Craigs have several potential match winners while Ballisodare have in Darragh Healy, Adam Grace and Fiachra Brennan young guns well capable of causing an upset. Man, in the middle here very talented John Griffin.

 Massive game at Merville United in Maugheraboy where manager Darren Kelly ‘s young Guns welcome another very young and talented St Johns FC. Both clubs are in the bottom three so a massive three points at stake.

Both sides have quality players who can and will score goals on the day it will just depend on who brings the greater firepower to the duel. Man, in the middle hear Glen Gilmartin again a very experienced and popular referee who will let the game flow in what should be an action-packed encounter.

Massive clash of the titans takes place in the Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League at Brother Walfrid Park Ballymote. League leaders Real Tubber travel to the Lions Den for their final game of the season .

A win here for Real Tubber will leave them on forty-six points eight points clear of Ballymote Celtic who will then have three games in hand needing to win all three to claim the title. Real Tubber have played seventeen games winning fourteen drawing one and losing two.

Ballymote Celtic have played twelve games, drawn two and are only Premier League side still unbeaten. Real Tubber have in Matthew Mulhern and the Walsh brothers Eoin and Jack players that are clinical in front of goal.

Ballymote Celtic have in Mark Irwin one of the most consistent and lethal finishers in the league for many seasons. Both clubs have a very proud history and will be most anxious to give of their best in what promises to be an outstanding game.

Man, in the middle here is Owen McLoughlin a very young and talented match official who has also officiated at top games in Connacht and one to watch for the very near future.

Cup fever hits Riverstown where Arrow Harps welcome welcomes the big guns of Calry Bohs for this Quarter Final Cup encounter in the Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Maintenance Cup.

League form will count for little here as its winner take all and fortune will favour the brave. Both sides league form is very close so neither side gives away much it will be a matter of which side performs best on the day in front of goal and it might well go down to a penalty shoot out but yet not a a game to be missed. Man, in the middle hear Colm Gunning another very experienced Match Official who will insure a great game.

Cup Fever continues on Wednesday night the 22nd All KO 7pm Carbury FC entertain Cliffoney Celtic in the Quarter Finals of the Glasshouse Cup at Forthill. While in the Semi Finals of this Cup Ballisodare United welcome Manorhamilton Rangers.

In the Semi Finals of the Cleary Landscapes Cup Coolaney United will welcome either Arrow Harps or Calry Bohs with Ballymote Celtic at home to John Scanlon’s Chaffpool United in this local derby.

Three big fixtures in the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League Merville Utd v Strand Celtic, St Johns FC v Glenview Stars and MCR FC v Aughanagh Celtic

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

1Manorhamilton Rangers1412113137
2Carbury FC1312013736
3Cartron United1511131434
4Strand Celtic FC15636-621
5Aughanagh Celtic FC15627120
6Cliffoney Celtic13535-518
7MCR FC13508-315
8Ballisodare United FC14428-814
9Merville United FC12417-1013
10St Johns FC163013-229
11Glenview Stars FC121110-294

Ej’s Leading Scorers (16) Robbie Cunningham Manor Rangers, Ryan Mc Manus Carbury FC (10) Darragh Healy Ballisodare Utd, Keith Nibbs MCR FC Gareth Kelly Carbury FC (9) Gary Armstrong, Carbury FC Conor Mc Keon Strand Celtic, (8) Donal Gallagher Cartron Utd.  (6), Alan Gregg Cliffoney Celtic, Ben Spellman, Strand Celtic, Ciaran Harvey MCR Enda Mc Gowan Cartron Utd

Sligo Pallets Premier League:

1Real Tubber FC1714125543
2Ballymote Celtic FC1412203538
3Arrow Harps FC181026332
4Calry Bohemians FC18918828
5Chaffpool United FC16718022
6Coolaney United FC17719-322
7Yeats United FC187011-1521
8Carrick Town FC186210-1720
9Ballygawley Celtic FC184311-2615
10Gurteen Celtic FC183114-4010

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.


Sunday 19th July KO 11am

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Glenview StarsvCartron UtdS. Fallon
Cliffoney CelticvStrand CelticT. Butler
Merville UtdvSt Johns FCG. Gilmartin
Aughanagh CelticvBallisodare UtdJ. Griffin
Manor RangersvCarbury FCP. Kilcoyne, P.MCLoughlin, T. Oates

Sligo Pallets Premier League

Ballymote CelticvReal TubberO. McLoughlin

Quarter Finals Cleary Landscapes Cup

4Arrow HarpsvCalry BohsC. Gunning

All results by 1.30pm after game to 087 1417566 Home team responsible for calling in match result with all scorers. Where a ground is deemed unplayable the home team can if possible, provide another approved venue otherwise the game must revert to the opponent’s ground. Where both grounds are unplayable the two teams concerned can agree fixture for approved Astro if available, and split the costs 50/50. 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.

Wednesday 22nd July KO 7pm

Quarter Finals Glasshouse Hotel Cup

4Carbury FCvCliffoney CelticO. McLoughlin

Semi Final Glasshouse Hotel Cup

5Ballisodare UtdvManor RangersT. Oates T. Butler G. Gilmartin

Semi Final Cleary Landscapes Cup

CCoolaney UtdvArrow Harps/Calry BohsC. Gunning
DBallymote CelticvChaffpool UtdJ. Griffin

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Merville UtdvStrand CelticS. Fallon
St Johns FCvGlenview StarsP. Kilcoyne
MCR FCvAughanagh CelticP. McLoughlin


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.

Sunday 26th July

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Manorhamilton RangersvMCR FCP. McLoughlin
Glenview StarsvStrand CelticP. Kilcoyne
Merville UtdvCliffoney Celtic.J. Griffin

CFA TP Brennan 5TH Round Cup KO 2pm

Salthill DevonvCartron Utd 
Carbury F CvManullaO. McLoughlin, C. Gunning G. Gilmartin

CFA TP Brennan 3rd Round Shield KO 2pm

Calry BohsvNUIG GalwayT. Butler
Real Tubber FCvCorrib Celtic BT. Oates
Ballymote CelticvBallygawley CelticS. Fallon


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