April 2nd and 3rd - The first of the season's big six-pointers went the way of Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium. Danny Mandroiu and Dylan Watts scored the goals as the champions in 2020 saw off Dundalk by two goals to one. Rovers didn't have it all their own way and were grateful to Alan Mannus for a few vital saves. Pat Hoban pulled a goal back towards the end but Stephen Bradley's side laid down an early marker in their defence of the title. Dundalk's poor start to the season continues and they have just one point from nine.

Bohemians are another so-called title contender struggling to get out of the starting blocks. They slipped to another defeat, this time at home to St Patricks Athletic. Ronan Coughlan headed home a second half winner for the Inchicore side at Dalymount to leave the hosts also with just one point from nine. The Gypsies travel to Dundalk next Friday night - whoever loses that one will see their title aspirations in serious trouble after just nine games.

St Pats, Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps are all tied at the top of the table after three games with identical records. Sligo opened the weekend's action with a one-nil win at Longford - Garry Buckley headed home the only goal of the game in that one. Finn Harps moved onto seven points from their first three games after a one-all draw at Drogheda on Saturday evening. Karl O'Sullivan opened the scoring for Ollie Horgan's side but an equaliser from Mark Doyle shortly after saw the points shared. Derry City are at the bottom of the table after losing at home to Waterford United - Shane Griffin and Oscar Brennan (later sent off) scored the goals as Kevin Sheedy's side recorded their first win of the season.

Cabinteely are the only side with a 100% record in the first division after the second round of games. They beat Cork City one-nil at Stradbrook thanks to an own goal from George Heaven. UCD are second after a four-nil win at Cobh Ramblers on Saturday night - Liam Kerrigan, chosen by nobody in the bonus point categories, scored twice for the Students in that one.

Treaty United picked up their first win on their home league debut. Anthony O'Donnell scored the only goal at Markets Field as the Limerick men remainied unbeaten. They were joined on four points by Athlone Town who shocked Galway on Friday night. The Shannonside team were three-nil up at half time with Stephen Meaney scoring twice. Galway pulled one back in the second half but are still looking for thier first win of the season.

Arguably the game of the weekend was at Tolka Park where Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers shared the points in a six goal thriller. The hosts were ahead twice until a double strike from Brandon Kavanagh saw the Wicklow side go three-two ahead. A penalty from Georgie Poynton, his second goal of the game, ensured that both sides had to settle for a point.

The early leaderboard for April sees Sean O'Mairtin take an early lead on 44 points. He's two points clear of Darragh Kenny, Gary Donnelly, Sean O'Brien and Trevor Rankin. Full details below:

 



April 9th and 10th - St Patricks Athletic's good start to the season continued. They lead the table after four games following a two-nil win at home to Derry City on Friday night. Second half goals from Robbie Benson and Darragh Burns saw the Inchicore side make it ten points from twelve and heap the pressure on Declan Devine. The Candystripes are without a point after their first three games and welcome Shamrock Rovers to the Ryan McBride Stadium on Tuesday night.

A goal from Dave Webster in the third minute of injury time saw Finn Harps join the leaders on ten points. Waterford had led early on in Ballybofey but Adam Foley's fourth goal of the season equalised before Webster's late winner. Shamrock Rovers had to dig deep to maintain their long unbeaten league run. Sligo went ahead in the final ten minutes after Alan Mannus somehow let Walter Figueira's shot under his body. As with the opening day however, the champions dug deep with Rory Gaffney scoring a very late equaliser at the Showgrounds.

The crisis at Oriel Park deepened as Dundalk slipped to another defeat. Georgie Kelly scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as Bohemians picked up their first win of the season. Those of you who picked Shane Keegan / Filippo Giovagnoli / Agnes The Tea Lady might be in line for a sack race bonus if this continues... The final game of the weekend saw Drogheda move up to fourth spot as they hit Longford Town for four - Mark Doyle scored twice in that one.

Athlone Town moved to the top of the first division table after picking up a very useful three points down in Cork. James Doona scored the winner with just thirteen minutes to go at Turner's Cross. UCD and Bray Wanderers failed to muster a goal between them at the UCD Bowl - both sides remain unbeaten after three games. Shelbourne picked up their first win of the season - an own goal from Conor Crowley means it three defeats so far for Wexford. Treaty United had a player sent off for the third game in a row but still picked up a point following a one-all draw with Cobh Ramblers. The game between Cabinteely and Galway United was called off following a Covid case in the home side's camp.

An excellent score of 45 points saw Connor Edwards join last week's leader Sean O'Mairtin at the top of the monthly leaderboard. They have a three point lead over Jason Shanahan in third place. Gary Donnelly and Keith Ryan are four points further back in joint fourth place. Full details below:

 


April 16th and 17th - Shamrock Rovers habit of scoring late goals this season continued on Saturday evening. They went in at half time behind to an early Dylan Grimes penalty for Longford. Graham Burke followed up his Puskas Award contender in Derry with an equaliser from the spot early in the second half and the game looked to be heading for a draw until late into injury time when Sean Gannon's shot took a deflection and ended up in the net. That's three wins and two draws and 27 league games unbeaten for the champions who now lead the table on goal difference after their two wins this week.

Sligo Rovers beat Finn Harps one-nil in the North West Derby to join the Hoops at the top of the table. The only goal in the Showgrounds came from Johnny Kenny, one to watch as he scored his first senior goal. St Patricks Athletic are also on 11 points from five games - they drew one-all in Oriel Park where the managerial circus dominated the headlines in Dundalk. I haven't awarded the fifteen bonus points for the sack race yet until official word comes through that the managerial dream team of Keegan / Giovagnoli have parted way with the club. On the pitch, Sam Bone's opener was cancelled out by Junior's equaliser with five minutes to go.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Rob Cornwall scored the only goal as Bohemians won one-nil at Waterford to pick up their second win. All is not well either in the Regional Sports Centre either judging by the media reports over the weekend. Derry picked up their first point of the season on Friday evening. James Brown felt good opening the scoring for Drogheda but Ronan Boyce equalised in the second half to earn Declan Devine his first point of the season.

Athlone Town remain on top of the first division. All the goals were scored in the first fifteen minutes at the Carlisle Grounds as Town won two-one. Dylan Barnett opened the scoring for a Bray Wanderers side who are still to get going this season but two Kurtis Byrne goals mean Athlone Town are two points clear after four games. Colm Whelan scored a hat-trick as UCD's unbeaten start to the season continued. They beat Cabinteely four-one at the UCD Bowl. Shelbourne picked up a very decent three points down in Cork with a three-one win in Turner's Cross - they're also on eight points now. Treaty United remain unbeaten - they drew one-all in Galway and could have come away with all three points only for a 94th minute equaliser from the hosts from Wilson Waweru. Wexford are the only team in the country without a point after losing two-one at home to Cobh Ramblers.

Connor Edwards still leads the way in April - he now has a six point lead over Sean O'Mairtin in second place. Jason Shanahan remains in third place, thirteen points off the lead. Keith Ryan is fourth with Dean Fletcher completing the top five - full details below:

 


April 20th to 24th - St Patricks Athletic and Shamrock Rovers continue to lead the way at the top after a double round of games this week. The Inchicore side lead the way on goal difference after a one-nil win at home to Waterford was followed up by a two-nil win away at Finn Harps. That's seventeen points from twenty-one for Stephen O'Donnell's side who've made a great start to the season. Shamrock Rovers scored a late winner for the second game in a row when Danny Mandroiu headed home the only goal in the 95th minute away to Drogheda on Tuesday night. The much anticipated Dublin Derby didn't fail to disappoint on Friday night. An excellent game was decided by a moment of controversy in the final fifteen minutes when the aforementioned Mandroiu was fouled and Graham Burke dispatched the penalty to make it five wins on the bounce for Rovers against their Hipster rivals.

This week also saw first victories for the two sides who parted ways with their managers. Derry and Dundalk shared the points in a one-all draw on Tuesday night. Better was to come for both sides at the weekend when Derry ended Sligo Rovers' unbeaten run with a one-nil win at the Showgrounds - Will Patching scored the winner from the spot. Dundalk picked up their first win of the season with a two-one win at home to Drogheda in the Louth Derby. Goals from McMillan and Han proved decisive in that one.

Waterford picked up a second win of the season when Prince Mutswunguma scored the only goal against Finn Harps at the RSC. Ollie Horgan picked up his fourth booking of the season during that game.

In the First Division, Athlone Town have a two point lead at the top after a three-nil win at home to Wexford on Friday night. Shelbourne are clicking into gear and still unbeaten after a very useful three-one win at Cabinteely. UCD and Treaty United are unbeaten on nine points. UCD were pegged back by a late Galway United equaliser in Eamonn Deacy Park in a two-all draw. Treaty United beat Cork City two-one at Markets Field and are now fourth in the table. Bray Wanderers drew their fourth game in five - they were ahead at Cobh Ramblers through Brandon Kavanagh but Chris Lyons equalised for the hosts from the spot with just twelve minutes remaining.

Connor Edwards leads the April competition for a third week. With just nine games left in the monthly competition, he has a seven point lead over Jason Shanahan in second place. Darragh Kenny was this week's top scorer with a remarkable score of 92 points - he's up to third place in the monthly standings. The top five for the month is completed by Jason Thomas and James Connolly - full details below:

 


April 30th - There were wins again for the top two sides. Three second half goals saw St Patrick's Athletic see off Longford Town's stubborn resistance at Richmond Park on Friday evening. Chris Forrester's renaissance continued with two goals in that one. Shamrock Rovers needed two goals in the final fifteen minutes to beat Finn Harps at Ballybofey - Rory Gaffney scored his third goal in the North West this season following a goalkeeping error. Sean Hoare sealed the win shortly after with his first goal for the Hoops.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, the new manager bounce continued for Derry City. They beat Bohemians two-one at Dalymount Park. Cameron McJannett scored both goals, including a late winner. Keith Long's side are already thirteen points off the leaders after eight games. Dundalk coasted to a three-nil victory down in Waterford - Chris Shields was among the goalscorers in that one. Drogheda and Sligo Rovers shared the points following a one-all draw at the Head in the Game Park.

Athlone Town remain top of the first division despite a first defeat of the season. Cabinteely put their receint troubles behind them to beat the leaders two-nil with goals from Ben Hanrahan and Niall Barnes. That result means the top six in the table are spearated by just four points. UCD were the big winners in the first division - they hit luckless Wexford for six after their keeper was sent off in the first minute. Colm Whelan scored a hat trick for the students in that one. There was a dramatic finish at Tolka Park - it finished two-two between Shelbourne and Treaty United. Two injury time goals from Ryan Brennan and Yoyo Mahdy looked to have given Shels the points but Clyde O'Connell struck in the 97th minute to preserve the Limerick side's unbeaten start. Bray Wanderers seem to be turning into the division's draw specialists - they drew their fifth games from six, nil-all at home to Cork City.

It was a high scoring week but Connor Edwards managed to hold off the challenge of Jason Shanahan to win the April monthly competition. James Connolly finished third with Jason Thomas and Darragh Kenny completing the top five for April - full details below:

 



The Greatest League - April 2021 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
Support the Site:
1
1
0
Connor Edwards
Ollie's At The Wheel
240
206
34


2
2
0
Jason Shanahan
Ashford Academical
236
199
37
3
5
2
James Connolly
SRFC - Above Us Only Sky
221
179
42
4
4
0
Jason Thomas
Rovers Adler Champ
219
184
35
5
3
-2
Darragh Kenny
The Good Guys
218
188
30
6
7
1
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
217
175
42
7
9
2
Neil Walsh
Kimmage Hoops
211
174
37
8
6
-2
Sean O'Mairtin
From Mels To Milan
208
177
31
9
8
-1
Keith Ryan
Ifyourenotfirstyourelast
203
174
29
10
10
0
Joe Turner
The Pursuit of Accidents
202
170
32
11
12
1
Karl Seale
StephenHawkingsFootballBoots
196
166
30
12
11
-1
Adam O'Callaghan
AdamSRFC
192
166
26
13
18
5
Lisa Donnelly
Jeff Is King
186
150
36
14
19
5
Tommy Hamill
Omeath All-Stars
185
150
35
15
20
5
Caroline Carroll
The Seagulls
184
149
35
16
16
0
Gary Donnelly
Caboavista
182
152
30
17
21
4
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
180
148
32
18
15
-3
Brian Greene
Seabass And The Boys
179
154
25
19
13
-6
Niall Carroll
Mick's YellowBellies
179
159
20
20
14
-6
Tony McNamee
Football Special
178
158
20
21
33
12
John Brophy
Must Do Better Than Eoghan Utd
174
137
37
22
17
-5
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
173
151
22
23
23
0
Sean O'Brien
The Rod Squad
172
147
25
24
29
5
Conor O'Sullivan
Jus Cos
171
139
32
25
25
0
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Southstand Rovers II
168
143
25
26
22
-4
Andy Dunne
Champagne Football FC
167
147
20
27
27
0
Eoghan Brophy
Get Out Of The Graveyard
167
140
27
28
24
-4
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
166
146
20
29
34
5
Gerry Moore
Sligobourne United
165
135
30
30
30
0
David Doyle
Dublin Is Green And Whitechurch
164
139
25
31
32
1
Eoin Scully
The View Locally
164
137
27
32
31
-1
Gerry Draper
Everton10
161
139
22
33
39
6
Sean Keane
Hoops1825
161
124
37
34
45
11
Gary McGurk
The Rod Squad
160
119
41
35
26
-9
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
157
142
15
36
36
0
Niamh McGee
Bit O'Red
154
125
29
37
35
-2
Gearoid McIntyre
Cmon Townies
152
127
25
38
38
0
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Cubs
151
124
27
39
48
9
Sean Taylor
Giovagnoli's Faroese Army
151
109
42
40
41
1
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
148
123
25
41
44
3
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
147
120
27
42
37
-5
Eoghan Farrelly
89th Minute
146
124
22
43
42
-1
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
145
120
25
44
43
-1
James Bull
Dublin County FC
145
120
25
45
28
-17
Bobby Casserley
Woodview Rovers FC
144
139
5
46
40
-6
Cathal Thornton
Ollie Cahill's Cabal
143
123
20
47
49
2
Gary Keating
Hery Bikers
135
106
29
48
50
2
Danielle Brady
There's Only One Keano
132
102
30
49
51
2
David Moran
Burt and Hery
130
99
31
50
46
-4
Richard Johnston
As Thick As Tock
122
116
6
51
47
-4
James Callan
Up Our Road
115
110
5
52
52
0
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
89
83
6
53
53
0
Brian O'Toole
The Saints Are Coming
69
61
8