• Sligo Leitrim DSL Representative Team
Sunday 1st April
Sligo Leitrim DSL Qualify for Semi Finals of Oscar Traynor

Sligo-Leitrim DSL are through to the semi-finals of the FAI Oscar Traynor Cup. On Good Friday they were Two One winners over Kerry at The Showgrounds.

A well-contested first-half ended scoreless with Sligo-Leitrim the dominant side. An own goal gave Kerry the lead eight minutes into the second-half.

With ten minutes left Sligo-Leitrim equalised when Conor Griffin scored with a powerful header from a corner. In the third minute of added time Steve Feeney played a long ball up field that Ibrahim Savage controlled beautifully and he played a precision pass into Mark McGoldrick who drifted to the right before angling a superb effort into the bottom left hand corner of the Kerry goals given keeper Brian O Connor no chance. A minute later and referee Paul Kilcoyne blew the fulltime whistle.

Sligo-Leitrim will now play Carlow in the semi-final of the Oscar Traynor at the Institute of Technology Astro Pitch Tentative date is Saturday 28th April Kick Off 3pm.

Sligo-Leitrim: Mark Rooney, Killian Sweeney, Conor Griffin, Steve Feeney, Aaron Murren, Aaron O'Boyle, Ross McLoughlin (c), Barry O’ Mahony, Christopher Kelly, Ryan McManus, Mark McGoldrick, Ibrahim Savage, Shay Doherty, Gary Finan, Tony Clarke (gk), Stephen Armstrong, Keith Nibbs, Darragh Healy

Kerry: Brian O'Connor, Shane Doolan, Aidan O'Callaghan, James Sugrue (c), Sean Foley, Gary Keane, Matt Keane, Danny Roche, Ryan Downey, Peter McCarthy, Wayne Sparling, Jason Hickson, Sean Cournane, Scott Hennessy, James O'Sullivan, Lorcan Seymour, Chris Hegarty, Ashley Kelliher

Referee: Paul Kilcoyne Assistant’s Keenan Deering Stephen Mc Garry 4th Official Tomas Oates.

In the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League Carbury lead the pack with the middle of the table looking settled Ballymote Celtic winning well against Ballisodare United Robbie Flannery opening the account for the Ballymote Boys on twenty minutes Colm Duffy with a second five minutes into the second half and Darragh Healy converted from the penalty spot ten minutes later to bring Ballisodare back into the game. But Ballymote Celtic had the final say from the penalty spot with fourteen minutes remaining he crashed home the third goal that secured a great three points for Ballymote.

St Johns moved a little closer to safety with a four-nil victory at home to Calry Bohs. Jake Hargadon got St Johns off to a flyer netting after two minutes. Malachy Spratt hit their second on twenty minutes and Stephen Armstrong had St Johns three goals ahead eight minutes from half time. The second half was a tame affair but Malachy Spratt hit his second goal of the day twelve minutes from time that wrapped up three precious points for St Johns.

The big Derby clash seen Arrow Harps welcome neighbours Ballygawley Celtic to Riverstown and it was Arrow Harps who struck first after sixteen minutes John Paul Henry hitting a stinger of a free kick high into the roof of the Ballygawley net from forty yards. Conor Feeney adding a second on twenty minutes and Ben Touhy added more misery notching two goals before half time leaving Arrow Harps well in the driving seat. Ballygawley responded ten minutes after the break with a fine goal from James Mackey but Harps had the final say when Seamus Hailstones scored twice in a matter of minutes to leave Arrow Harps home and dry in this encounter.

The Andrew Mullen Premier League continues its amazing drama League leaders MCR were at home in Sean Fallon Park Cranmore to visitors Chaffpool United. Ciaran Harvey opened the account for MCR of fourteen minutes but the Pool were superb and held MCR to just a one goal lead at half time. MCR went two up five minutes into the second half when leading scorer Keith Nibbs fired home. The Pool bounced right back James Connolly hitting a fine goal passed Tony Clarke in the MCR goals. The game was now nip and tuck until once again Keith Nibbs pounced twelve minutes from time to push MCR ahead and two minutes from time Keith Nibbs completed his hat trick. This was three great points for MCR but make no mistake Chaffpool United were never far away.

The next massive game was unfolding at Mullaghmore where North Sligo Kingpins Cliffoney Celtic welcomed high flying Merville United. A win for Cliffoney would keep them in the race and blow open the race for the title but could they match the fire power of Merville. Cliffoney Celtic answered this in spades Bartley Clancy opening his account on ten minutes followed ten minutes later by a second goal from Mark Burns and sixteen minutes from time Bartley Clancy added his second goal to insure a massive result for Cliffoney Celtic. Merville still control their own destiny but the Premier League has a lot of talent with no easy games its still all to play for.

Another big hitter Glenview Stars now in second spot after a six-goal spree at home to Benbulben. Keith Carty scoring two superb goals aided and abetted with a goal apiece from Damien Shannon Cole Coyle Barry Mc Loughlin and Clive Brennan. Benbulben scored once through Bartosz Slowinski but the day and the points all belonged to Stars and manager Gino O Boyle who has them firing on all cylinders.

Cartron United bounced back to winning ways at home to Coolaney United at the Institute of Technology Sligo. The Big Man Kevin Buckley hitting a hat trick and a goal each from Ali Alniyadi Colin Feehily and Wesley Mc Gowan fencing off three massive points for Cartron. Despite the goal difference Coolaney United played exceptionally well and were rewarded with a goal each from Joe Kilcullen and Ciaran Mc Murray.

Results
Oscar Traynor Quarter Finals

Sligo Leitrim DSL2 - 1Kerry DSL

Sligo Southern Hotel Super League

Ballisodare Utd1 - 3Ballymote Celtic
Arrow Harps6 - 1Ballygawley Celtic
St John’s FC4 - 0Calry Bohs
Carbury FC3 - 0Aughanagh Celtic

Sligo Pallets Premier League

MCR FC4 - 1Chaffpool Utd
Cliffoney Celtic3 - 0Merville Utd
Glenview Stars6 - 1Benbulben FC
Coolaney Utd6 - 2Cartron Utd

Fixture Monday 2nd April
Sligo Pallets Premier League KO 2pm

Dromore VillavGurteen Celtic

Fixture Sunday 8th April K O 11.00am
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am

Ballygawley CelticvArrow Harps

Andrew Mullen Premier League KO 11am

Dromore VillavGlenview Stars

Glasshouse Hotel Cup

First Round Glasshouse Hotel Cup:

AManor RangersvBallisodare Utd

Quarter Finals Glasshouse Hotel Cup:

1Aughanagh CelticvStrand Celtic
4Ballymote CelticvCalry Bohs

Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup
First Round Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup:

AMCR FCvMerville Utd
BCoolaney UtdvCliffoney Celtic

Quarter Finals Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup:

1Gurteen CelticvChaffpool Utd
4Benbulben FCvCartron Utd

T P Brennan Connacht Cup Semi Final KO 2pm
Castlebar CelticvCarbury FC

T P Brennan Connacht Shield Semi Final KO 2pm
Kilkerrin UtdvReal Tubber

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. Where both Clubs agree an alternative prior to the above schedule once a SBISRS is available and the League are in agreement there is no issue with bringing any fixture forward 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.

The Sligo Leitrim DSL wish to thank the following people for their support and encouragement to our representative Team:
Sponsor Quayside Shopping Centre Sligo and Christine Dolan Centre Manager/Heading of Marketing:
Brendan Lacken Secretary Sligo Rovers his fellow Officers and Committee Groundmen Joe and Martin Cleary. Communications advisor Gerry Ryan Bernie & Wife. Damien and Mick Mulligan PRO and Treasurer Robert Kennedy and a special Thank You to Manager John Loftus his staff and Squad for doing the league and Sligo Leitrim proud.

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