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:

 


The Greatest League - April 2021 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
7
6
Connor Edwards
Ollie's At The Wheel
84
39
45


2
1
-1
Sean O'Mairtin
From Mels To Milan
84
44
40
3
6
3
Jason Shanahan
Ashford Academical
81
41
40
4
3
-1
Gary Donnelly
Caboavista
77
42
35
5
19
14
Keith Ryan
Ifyourenotfirstyourelast
77
32
45
6
5
-1
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
72
42
30
7
18
11
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
67
32
35
8
28
20
Eoghan Brophy
Get Out Of The Graveyard
67
27
40
9
4
-5
Sean O'Brien
The Rod Squad
67
42
25
10
15
5
James Connolly
SRFC - Above Us Only Sky
65
35
30
11
8
-3
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
64
39
25
12
10
-2
Richard Johnston
As Thick As Tock
64
37
27
13
2
-11
Darragh Kenny
The Good Guys
62
42
20
14
47
33
Tony McNamee
Football Special
62
17
45
15
37
22
Karl Seale
StephenHawkingsFootballBoots
61
26
35
16
13
-3
Tommy Hamill
Omeath All-Stars
61
36
25
17
23
6
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Southstand Rovers II
60
30
30
18
26
8
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
57
27
30
19
32
13
Gerry Moore
Sligobourne United
57
27
30
20
9
-11
Jason Thomas
Rovers Adler Champ
57
37
20
21
11
-10
Joe Turner
The Pursuit of Accidents
56
36
20
22
12
-10
Niall Carroll
Mick's YellowBellies
56
36
20
23
14
-9
Gearoid McIntyre
Cmon Townies
55
35
20
24
17
-7
David Doyle
Dublin Is Green And Whitechurch
54
34
20
25
45
20
Conor O'Sullivan
Jus Cos
52
17
35
26
27
1
David Moran
Burt and Hery
52
27
25
27
29
2
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Cubs
52
27
25
28
31
3
Gerry Draper
Everton10
52
27
25
29
20
-9
Neil Walsh
Kimmage Hoops
52
32
20
30
33
3
Sean Keane
Hoops1825
52
27
25
31
22
-9
Brian O'Toole
The Saints Are Coming
51
31
20
32
38
6
Lisa Donnelly
Jeff Is King
51
26
25
33
16
-17
Bobby Casserley
Woodview Rovers FC
49
34
15
34
30
-4
Gary Keating
Hery Bikers
49
27
22
35
24
-11
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
49
29
20
36
36
0
James Bull
Dublin County FC
48
26
22
37
25
-12
Danielle Brady
There's Only One Keano
47
27
20
38
35
-3
Cathal Thornton
Ollie Cahill's Cabal
46
26
20
39
39
0
Brian Greene
Seabass And The Boys
45
25
20
40
48
8
John Brophy
Must Do Better Than Eoghan Utd
45
15
30
41
41
0
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
44
24
20
42
42
0
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
44
24
20
43
43
0
Andy Dunne
Champagne Football FC
42
22
20
44
44
0
Caroline Carroll
The Seagulls
42
17
25
45
46
1
Eoghan Farrelly
89th Minute
42
17
25
46
21
-25
Niamh McGee
Bit O'Red
42
32
10
47
34
-13
Adam O'Callaghan
AdamSRFC
41
26
15
48
40
-8
Eoin Scully
The View Locally
40
25
15
49
51
2
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
31
11
20
50
49
-1
James Callan
Up Our Road
29
14
15
51
53
2
Sean Taylor
Giovagnoli's Faroese Army
27
2
25
52
52
0
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
24
4
20
53
50
-3
Gary McGurk
The Rod Squad
22
12
10