April 1st - Shelbourne's winning run came to an end when they were held to a scoreless draw by Derry City. A scrappy game ended without any goals with just four shots on target in the ninety minutes. The Louth Derby also finished scoreless when Drogheda left Dundalk with a point. There were two red cards in that one - Luke Heeney was sent off with twenty minutes to go but Stephen O'Donnell's side couldn't take advantage - Archie Davies was then sent off in injury time for the hosts.

Shamrock Rovers made it two wins from two over Easter when Pico Lopes get on the end of a cross to head home a winner in Waterford. Darragh Burns had opened the scoring for the Hoops but Robbie McCourt's free kick cancelled that out before Rovers' winner. They visit Inchicore next where St Patricks Athletic picked up a much-needed win, beating Sligo Rovers three-nil. Luke Turner scored twice with Mason Melia coming off the bench to score the third late on. Bohemians moved up to sixth in the table with a two-nil win in Galway to round off the weekend's action. Jevon Mills and James Akintunde scored the goals as Alan Reynolds recorded his first win in the Dalymount hotseat.

Three of the five games in the first division ended in one-all draws. The early kickoffs saw Wexford and Cork City draw one-all. Jaden Umeh scored for the leaders but that was cancelled out in the second half by Mikie Rowe. Cobh Ramblers and Longford Town also drew one-all - Longford lead through Charlie O'Brien's own goal but denied a first win of the season when David Bosnjak equalised for the home side just four minutes after coming on as substitute.

Kerry are turning into the division's draw specialists - they left UCD with a point after Daniel Okwute cancelled out Ciaran Behan's opener. Kerry had a goal disallowed late on to deny them a famous win. Cork's draw allowed Finn Harps to move to within a point of the leaders - the Donegal side beat Bray Wanderers two-nil with goals from David Cawley and Tony McNamee. Treaty United suffered a second defeat of the weekend after a one-nil defeat at Athlone - Aaron Connolly scored the only goal in that game in the first half.

A 51 point haul on Easter Monday saw Shane McCormack off to a flier in the April competition. He has a five point lead over three people sharing second place - Adam Byrne, Gary Fitzpatrick and Gary Parsons. Full details below:

 


April 5th - Leaders Shelbourne dropped points for the second time this week as they were held to a draw by Drogheda in Weavers Park. Sean Boyd scored an equaliser for the Reds in the 94th minute after Damien Duff's side were behind twice. Trouble brewed after that with a linesman struck by an object thrown from the crowd which could have consequences for the travelling fans in the near future.

Derry City closed the gap on the leaders to six points after victory at home to Dundalk. The pressure keeps mounting on Stephen O'Donnell as his side crashed to a four-one defeat. The Lilywhites are rooted to the bottom of the table, four points behind their Louth neighbours. Five minutes of madness in Richmond Park cost Shamrock Rovers dearly as St Patricks Athletic came from behind to win two-one. Rovers lead one-nil at half time through Darragh Nugent's opener but goals from Joe Redmond and Adam Nolan turned the game on it's head. Jon Daly's side held on for the win despite only having those two efforts on goal.

Friday night's other game saw Waterford winning one-nil at Dalymount in the battle of the former manager's derby. Keith Long's side earned all three points thanks to Padraig Amond's first half strike. Alan Reynolds has now lost two of his first three games in charge of the Gypsies. Saturday night's game between Sligo Rovers and Galway was cancelled as a result of Storm Kathleen hitting the North West.

Cork City have a three point lead at the top of the first division. They cantered to a three-nil win against near neighbours Cobh Ramblers. Kerry's first home victory since entering the first division last season came in style - they scored three without reply at home to Longford Town.

Bray Wanderers picked up their first home win of the season too - they beat Athlone Town at the Carlisle Grounds by the same scoreline. Game of the night arguably came in Wexford. The home side had to hold off a Treaty United comeback - the Limerick side drew level from two-nil down but Cian Curtis scored a last minute winner for the Slaneysiders who are now fifth in the table with two games in hand.

Gary Fitzpatrick leads the way in the April monthly competition with a score of 82 points. He has a three point lead over Kevin McGlone in second place. Shane McCormack is in third place, six points off the lead. Fourth place is shared by David Doyle and Gary Parsons - full details below:

 

 


April 12th & 13th - There wasn't a cow milked in Phibsboro as Bohemians travelled across the Northside to record a famous victory at leaders Shelbourne. The fireworks were confined to the pitch this week as Jordan Flores scored two quick goals in the first half for Alan Reynolds' side. A Will Jarvis penalty reduced the deficit in the last quarter but Damien Duff's side were unable to conjure up an equaliser which would have maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

Derry City didn't take full advantage of the leaders slip up though. They drew two-all in Drogheda having lead going into the last five minutes. Frantz Pierrot came off the bench to earn Kevin Doherty's side a point late on and leave the Candystripes five points off the lead.

Shamrock Rovers moved up through the gears as they beat Sligo Rovers three-nil in Tallaght. Graham Burke's belter, his first of the season, had the Hoops one up at half-time. An Aaron Greene double in front of the South Stand in the second half leaves the reigning champions just six points behind Shelbourne with a game in hand. The other two games in the division finished scoreless. Stephen O'Donnell's testimonial between his two former clubs, Dundalk and St Patricks Athletic, ended goalless at Oriel Park. The two promoted sides also failed to score as Waterford and Galway United drew at the Regional Sports Centre.

Cork City are the only unbeaten side in the country after a nil-all draw at UCD. The first division leaders have a four point lead over Finn Harps in second place. The Donegal side lost one-nil in Athlone.

Wexford won a six goal thriller in Cobh. The mercurial Thomas Oluwa scored twice as James Keddy's side climbed to fourth in the table. If they win their two games in hand they'll move up to second in the standings. Kerry's unbeaten run continued - they left Limerick with a valuable point after a nil-all draw with Treaty United. A second consecutive three-nil win saw Bray Wanderers move into the top five on goal difference - that win at Longford left the home side bottom of the division.

Shane McCormack has regained to spot in the April competition. He recorded an excellent score of 38 points this week and now has a thirteen point lead in the monthly. Kevin McGlone remains in second place. Darren McDonald and Philip Rankin both climbed the standings this week and share third place. Last week's leader, Gary Fitzpatrick, has dropped to fifth place, a position he shares with Sean Cooke. Full details below:

 

 


April 19th & 20th - Shelbourne's poor run continued as they lost one-nil in Galway. Edward McCormack scored the only goal in Eamon Deacy Park as the leaders saw their lead at the top cut to just two points. At least there were no fans there to suffer the long journey home after a defeat. Alan Reynolds continues to pick up points as Bohemians gaffer. His side won one-nil twice this week to climb to second in the table. Both victories came at the expense of the Louth sides. Dundalk were beaten on Monday with Drogheda United defeated on Friday night. James Akintunde scored the winner in both games.

Shamrock Rovers put in a statement performance winning three-one in Derry. Aaron Greene's fine season continued with two goals in the second half. Richie Towell added a third before Pat Hoban returned to score a consolation for the home side. A victory for the champions on Monday night will see them go back top of the table still having a game in hand.

St Patricks Athletic inconsistent season continued. They needed a second half equaliser from Brandon Kavanagh to earn a point at home to Waterford. Keith Long's side were ahead early on through Maleace Asamoah's goal but couldn't hold out for the win. It also finished one-all at the Showgrounds where Sligo and Dundalk drew. Fabrice Hartmann's early goal was cancelled out by James Gullan's penalty in the second half. Dundalk sprung a surprise following that game with the announcement of Noel King as their new manager. It's safe to say no-one saw that coming...

Cork are sitting pretty at the top of the first division with a seven point lead on Saturday night. Their game against Longford Town had to be switched to Bishopsgate but that didn't stop the leaders from recording a comprehensive four-one win. UCD moved up to second in the table after winning in Wexford by the odd goal in five. Wexford will be disappointed having taken only one point from their two home games this week.

Finn Harps remain in joint second place despite slipping to defeat at Cobh Ramblers. Cobh won that one by two goals to nil with both goals coming in the first half. Kerry's unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Athlone Town. Kerry were ahead early on through Kennedy Amechi's goal but the Shannonsides scored twice to earn the win - Carl Majaguzi scored the second half winner.

Bray Wanderers recorded their third win in a row to climb to fourth in the table. Kieran Cruise and Peter Grogan scored as Treaty United were beaten two-one at the Carlisle Grounds. That's six league games without a win for the Limerick side who had started the season brightly.

It's top ranking for Philip Rankin this weekend as he now leads the April competition by seven points. Last week's leader, Shane McCormack is now in second place. There's a gap of eleven points back to Gary Fitzpatrick. Brian Cunningham and Kevin McGlone share fourth spot, five points further back:

 

 

 

April 26th - Shelbourne's first win in April saw them retain a three point lead at the top of the Premier Division. After drawing nil-all with Shamrock Rovers on Monday night, the leaders saw off the challenge of St Patricks Athletic on Friday. John Martin scored the only goal in the first half in a one-nil victory.

Derry City are second in the table after a two-nil win in Waterford. Will Patching and Pat Hoban scored the goals for the Candystripes - their second win of the week after beating Pats three-one on Monday night. Shamrock Rovers needed a late Johnny Kenny to earn a point at home to Galway. Stephen Walsh had fired the Tribesmen ahead after Dylan Watts missed a penalty for the Hoops early in the second half.

Noel King's arrival gave Dundalk the proverbial new manager bounce - they picked their first win of the season beating Bohemians two-nil at Oriel Park. Scott High and Robbie Benson scored the goals to give King the perfect start. There was also a win for the other Louth side. Drogheda came from behind to beat Sligo Rovers three-one at Weavers Park. That was just their second win of the season ahead of a visit to Tallaght on Monday.

Cork City continue to make an instant return to the top division - they won two-nil in Donegal on Friday night as Finn Harps were beaten. Both goals came in the second half from Sean Murray and Jaden Umeh. Cork are seven points clear of UCD who won by the same scoreline at Treaty United.

After the top two, there are four teams tied on eighteen points. Bray Wanderers won for the fourth game in a row as Kerry were beaten two-nil at the Carlisle Grounds. Wexford are fourth after a two-one win in Longford on Saturday evening. The midlands side are now the only team in the league without a win after Dundalk's win on Friday night. Athlone are also on eighteen points - they beat Cobh Ramblers two-one and are just outside the playoff places on goal difference.

All change at the top of the April leaderboard as Francis Gilligan now leads the way on 209 points with a remarkable score of 85 points this week - that included four ten-pointers on Friday night. Not to be outdone, second placed Niall Carroll scored 76 points and got the scoreline correct in each of the five first division games this weekend. That's how high the bar is on greatestleague : ) Last week's leader, Philip Rankin, is now in third place with Shane McCormack and David Doyle completing the top five with just Monday night's game between Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United to go....

 

 


April 28th - The month ended with the rearranged game between Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United. Two goals on the stroke of half-time from Johnny Kenny and Aaron Greene saw the Hoops gain control. Two more goals followed in the second half with Darragh Burns and Josh Honohan finding the net. That result moved the defending champions to within two points of the leaders Shelbourne...

As expected, Francis Gilligan won the monthly competition for April - he finished with 214 points, eleven clear of Niall Carroll in second place. Philip Rankin finished third. Keith Ryan's correct prediction of 4-0 to Rovers saw him finish in joint fourth position with Shane McCormack - you can see the final standings for the month below:


The Greatest League - April 2024 Leaderboard
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1 0 Francis Gilligan Gorilla Glue # 4 - Let It Run All Over Me 214 209 5


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2 0 Niall Carroll Yellow Bellies 203 198 5
3
3 0 Philip Rankin Steve's Stars 201 196 5
4
6 2 Keith Ryan The Racing Rabbits 193 183 10
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4 -1 Shane McCormack Up The Pohls 193 186 7
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5 -1 David Doyle AFC Whitechurch 189 184 5
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7 0 Brian Cunningham Lucy's Hoops 183 178 5
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8 0 Gerry Draper Everton10 183 178 5
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14 5 Sean Judd Mary Green and White Army 179 167 12
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9 -1 Gary Fitzpatrick No. 5 In A Row 178 173 5
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11 0 Eamonn Gallagher Gally's Hoops 175 168 7
12
10 -2 Brian Mason Warsaw Hoops 173 168 5
13
12 -1 Sean Cooke Oh Bradley Said 173 168 5
14
13 -1 Conor Claxton Hoops Upside Your Head 172 167 5
15
15 0 Brian Boyle Slatterys Own 171 166 5
16
16 0 Caroline Carroll Carrie's Crusaders 171 166 5
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17 0 James Cooke Aylesbury Hoops 171 166 5
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18 0 Kevin Nolan New Stadiums Please 170 165 5
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19 0 Gerry Moore Sligobourne 169 164 5
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20 0 Eamonn McConville Nosferahoop 168 163 5
21
22 1 Donal Dowling Broadford Rovers 167 162 5
22
23 1 Paul Murphy Oh Bradley Said 167 162 5
23
24 1 Trevor Rankin Super Hoops 167 162 5
24
25 1 Carl Toner Super Doc 166 161 5
25
26 1 Jason Maloney Time Out Hoops 166 161 5
26
27 1 Ryan Mulvaney There's Only 1 Stephen Bradley 166 161 5
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28 1 Andy Dunne Maureen O'Hara Rovers 165 160 5
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21 -7 Kevin McGlone Milltown Magic 163 163 0
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29 0 Alan Rochford Hooper Special 162 157 5
30
30 0 Ross Williams Grace Almighty 161 156 5
31
32 1 Brian Dalton Mature Saints 160 153 7
32
33 1 Gary Donnelly Rod de Whores 159 152 7
33
31 -2 Alan O'Brien ChampagneSuperRovers 158 153 5
34
34 0 Daniel Dorrian Donegallad97 156 151 5
35
35 0 John Brophy Back To Back Carrig FC 156 151 5
36
36 0 Joseph Kavanagh CherryOrchardThieves 156 151 5
37
40 3 Gearoid O'Dubhghusa FIAR X 2 155 148 7
38
41 3 Kyle Dixon DDRH 155 148 7
39
43 4 Robert Lavelle Herbert's U12s 155 148 7
40
44 4 Eoghan Brophy There's Always A Chance 154 147 7
41
37 -4 Gary Parsons TFTES 154 149 5
42
45 3 Paul Gallagher Rizla Rovers 154 147 7
43
38 -5 Conor O'Neill Conrad 153 148 5
44
39 -5 Darren McDonald Lucan Hoops 153 148 5
45 42 -3 Neil Walsh The Bradley Babes 153 148 5
46 46 0 Jimmy Maguire Jimmy's Jewels 151 146 5
47 47 0 Tony McNamee Swilly Rovers 151 146 5
48 48 0 James Keville Saints On A Train 150 145 5
49 49 0 Cillian O'Reilly Dublinsgreenandwhite 148 143 5
50 57 7 David O'Malley The Ramdeuters 148 138 10
51 50 -1 Paul Moore The Problem Child Done Good! 148 143 5
52 51 -1 Derek McDonald He's In Your Head 147 142 5
53 52 -1 Adam Byrne Champions Again Ole Ole 146 141 5
54 53 -1 Greg Donaghy Champagne Super Rovers 146 141 5
55 55 0 Terry Haide Leitis Pohls Steacy 146 139 7
56 54 -2 Christopher Uzell Heavey's Heroes 145 140 5
57 56 -1 Darragh Kenny Fitzer's Green and White Army 143 138 5
58 59 1 Joshua Coulahan SPAFC1929 142 137 5
59 60 1 Luke Hogan Sallins Rovers 142 137 5
60 61 1 Niall Hayden 404 Not Found 141 136 5
61 62 1 Kevin McQuaide The Hairy Bowsies 140 135 5
62 63 1 Craig Whelan Jon Daly's Men 138 133 5
63 64 1 Jason Shanahan Ashford Academical 138 133 5
64 65 1 Joe Turner Gary Dempsey's Lonely Hearts Club Band 138 133 5
65 66 1 Robert Gaffney Fiorentina Turner 138 133 5
66 58 -8 Stephen Caffrey Killy Hoops 138 138 0
67 67 0 Stan Tormey Tadgh Purcell's Giant Leap 137 132 5
68 68 0 James Larmon Larmon's Eleven 136 131 5
69 69 0 Kevin Murphy Forrester's Finest 136 131 5
70 71 1 Derek Clayton IGBC FC 133 128 5
71 72 1 Tommy Hamill Omeath Allstars 131 126 5
72 70 -2 Gavin Doherty D12 Shels 130 130 0
73 73 0 Luke Gallagher Dundalk's Europa League Money 126 121 5
74 75 1 David King Clane Hoops 122 117 5
75 76 1 Tommy Tormey The Four Fs 122 117 5
76 77 1 Bill Gleeson Gary Parson's Affiliate Link 121 114 7
77 74 -3 James Connolly SRFC Four'midable 118 118 0
78 78 0 Daire Murphy Vancouver Hoop 108 106 2
79 79 0 Shane Coughlan Shane Lad Rovers 92 87 5
80 80 0 Stephen O'Gorman FC Yukichan 85 80 5
81 81 0 Dylan Weldon Shamrock Rovers B 51 49 2
82 82 0 Ger Coppinger Cleveland Hoops 38 38 0
83 83 0 Richard Johnston Daffodil Divers 32 30 2
84 84 0 Graham Merrigan Ballybrack Rovers 25 25 0
85 85 0 Conor King Adama Hugandkiss 24 22 2
86 86 0 Rory Gilsenan Plastic Pitch Predators 22 22 0
87 87 0 Alan Leahy Alan's Allstars 18 18 0
88 88 0 Vincent Sweeney SouthStandTadg 18 18 0
89 89 0 Pat Mitchell Champagne Football 17 17 0
90 90 0 Cian Cooke Mr Sheen FC 16 16 0
91 91 0 Danielle McGarry The Drive For Five 16 16 0