July 31st to August 4th - A few surprise results on the league's return leaves Shamrock Rovers sitting pretty at the top of the league with a five point lead. The Hoops returned to action with a comfortable three-one win at home to Finn Harps on Saturday evening. Jack Byrne, Dylan Watts and Aaron McEneff scored in the first half - Karl Sullivan's goal for Ollie Horgan's side was only a consolation in the end as Stephen Bradley's side maintained their 100% record.

Old boys Stephen O'Donnell and Robbie Benson came back to haunt champions Dundalk as St Pats picked up a very useful point at Oriel Park. Pat Hoban opened the scoring for the Lilywhites but Robbie Benson equalised straight away for the visitors as the points were shared.

Bohemians moved up to third in the table after a one-nil win at Cork. Andre Wright scored the only goal at Turner's Cross. John Sheridan got off to a winning start at Waterford - John Martin scored the only goal at Tolka Park as Shelbourne were beaten one-nil on Saturday evening. Shelbourne did manage to bounce back from that defeat by winning one-nil at Finn Harps on Tuesday evening - despite being down to ten men after Karl Sheppard's early red card, Ryan Brennan scored the winner which gave Shelbourne their third win of the season.

Derry had a mixed return - they surprisingly lost two-nil at home to Sligo on Friday evening - Liam Buckley's side picked up their first points of the season thanks to goals from Kyle McFadden and Ronan Coughlan. The Candystripes fared better on Monday night when they travelled to Inchicore and beat St Pats two-nil - James Akintunde and Conor McCormack scoring the goals.

The early leaderboard for July and August sees the lead shared by Gary Donnelly and Keith Ryan on 39 points. Derek McDonald is only two points behind in third with Davy Doyle in fourth - full details below:

 


August 7th to 9th - Shamrock Rovers went six points clear at the top following a very hard fought win at the Ryan McBride Stadium. Derry were ahead until the 78th minute following Walter Figueira's opener in the first half. An out-of-sorts Rovers kept plugging away though until the unlucky Colm Horgan scored an own goal. The Hoops followed that up with a winner from Roberto Lopes with just eight minutes to go. They were also indebted to Alan Mannus for a great injury-time save to preserve a big win on the road.

Dundalk are eight points behind the leaders after they incurred their second defeat of the season at Bohemians on Friday evening in the weekend's opening game. First half goals from Danny Grant and Keith Buckley were enough to see Keith Long's side move into second place despite Michael Duffy pulling one back for the champions. Bohs are now in second place, six points off the pace.

St Patricks Athletic moved up to fourth in the table. Two goals from Georgie Kelly saw them collect three points against Finn Harps. There were no goals in the Munster Derby between Waterford and misfiring Cork City. Graham Cummins swapped shirts with himself after that one. Sligo Rovers picked up their second win since the restart - goals from Jesse Devers and David Cawley saw them beat Shelbourne two-nil at The Showgrounds.

Three people share the lead in the monthly competition after the weekend's games - Darragh Kenny, Gary Donnelly are all gargled locked on 59 points. Derek McDonald is in fourth place with Gerry Moore and Keith Ryan just three points further back. Full details below:

 


August 14th to 16th - St Patricks Athletic held another of the title contenders to a draw this weekend. They did the league a big favour by holding Shamrock Rovers scoreless despite playing most of the second half with just ten men. Despite having nearly all the possession Stephen Bradley's side were unable to find a breakthrough at Richmond Park. Those two points are the first ones dropped by the Hoops this season.

Bohemians are within four points of the leaders. They travelled to Donegal and came away with all three points following Danny Grant's single strike. They'll be looking to build on their good run next weekend when they host St Pats on Saturday afternoon at Dalymount.

Dundalk still haven't won following resumption of the league. They had to come from two goals down to Waterford to earn a point at Oriel Park. Pat Hoban and Dan Cleary scored inside the last six minutes to cancel out earlier strikes from Matt Smith and Kurtis Byrne. The second half saw six yellow cards and one red for the visitors. There was also a tasty touchline spat between Vinny Perth and John Sheridan. The latter described the league as a pub league - you'd be hard pressed to spend nine euro on grub at a League of Ireland ground though John....

Elsewhere, Cork City moved off the bottom of the table with a three-nil win at home to Sligo Rovers. The points were shared at Tolka Park where it finished one-all between Shelbourne and Derry City. Ryan Brennan's second half strike cancelled out Ibrahim Meite's penalty for the Candystripes.

Graeme Buckley is the man to catch in the monthly competition. With just six games left in August he has a healthy 13 point lead. Darragh Kenny and Keith Ryan share second place with the top five completed by Gerry Moore and overall leader Joseph Kavanagh...

 


August 21st to 23rd - All of a sudden we have a situation where a victory for Bohemians in Tallaght in the next round of games will send them top of the table. While everyone was talking about a Dundalk / Shamrock Rovers title race, Keith Long's side have been quietly going about their business. A two-nil win at home to St Patricks Athletic on Saturday afternoon sent them just two points behind leaders Shamrock Rovers. Goals from Anto Breslin and Andre Wright saw the Gypsies make it three wins from three since the resumption of the league.

Shamrock Rovers fired blanks for the second week in a row. They were unable to find away past an organised Shelbourne on Friday night. Colin McCabe in the Shelbourne goal put in a man of the match performance but Ian Morris's side had their moments too and were well worth a point at least as Stephen Bradley's side ran out of ideas quicker than an Oireachtais Golf Society meeting...

Dundalk began life without Vinny Perth with a three-one defeat at Sligo Rovers. Goals from Regan Donelon, Ryan de Vries and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe saw the champions slip nine points behind the leaders. Their bad run has even lead to one nameless manager enquire if they'd receive another fifteen point bonus if Alan Reynolds got sacked again!! That win sends Liam Buckley's side to the dizzy heights of fourth in the table.

Derry ended Cork's good recent run with a three-one win at the Ryan McBride Stadium on Friday evening. Joseph Olowu had fired the Leesiders into the lead but goals from Walter Figueira, Adam Hammill and James Akintunde in the second half saw the Candystripes earn another three points. The last game of the weekend was arguably the most entertaining. Waterford were ahead twice and lead with just three minutes to go at home to Finn Harps. However, Ollie Horgan's side had the last word with goals from Alexander Kogler and Adrian Delap to make the trip back north a very happy one. John Sheridan was unavailable for comment...

A fifteen point tally from the weekend games was enough to see Graeme Buckley crowned August winner. In the end he had just six points to spare over Darragh Kenny and Keith Ryan. The top five for the month was completed by Joseph Kavanagh and Gary Donnelly. Full details below:

 


The Greatest League - July and August Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
1
0
Graeme Buckley
Canyoneroes
101
86
15


2
2
0
Darragh Kenny
Luca Connell CSC
95
73
22
3
3
0
Keith Ryan
Wearethewanderers
95
73
22
4
5
1
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
88
71
17
5
6
1
Gary Donnelly
Cabinteely II
86
66
20
6
4
-2
Gerry Moore
Rovers Are Red
81
71
10
7
9
2
Eoghan Brophy
Tolka Dreamers
80
63
17
8
18
10
Jay Thomas
Tallaght Toppers
80
53
27
9
7
-2
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Ultra's
76
66
10
10
20
10
David Moran
Wrightsaidfred
74
49
25
11
22
11
Chris Hinchey
Lilywhites
73
48
25
12
8
-4
Mark Welsh
3rdina2horserace
73
66
7
13
13
0
Derek McDonald
Super Shels
72
57
15
14
14
0
Andy Dunne
Ballymore Shamrocks
71
56
15
15
15
0
Eamon Fox
Culchies United
71
56
15
16
17
1
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
71
54
17
17
32
15
Kieran Harnett
Limerick United
70
43
27
18
26
8
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
68
46
22
19
11
-8
Caroline Carroll
Tarzan's 11
68
58
10
20
27
7
Joe Turner
The Dairymen of Stradbrook
68
46
22
21
24
3
Derek Kelly
SRFC1725
67
48
19
22
31
9
Richard Johnston
Mayo For Sam
66
44
22
23
37
14
Sean Taylor
O'Connor's Touting XI
66
41
25
24
16
-8
Tommy Hamill
Omeath Allstars
66
56
10
25
12
-13
Davy Doyle
Whitechurch FC
65
58
7
26
10
-16
Gary Keating
Brohemians
64
59
5
27
21
-6
Gary McGurk
Chelfest 2013
64
49
15
28
30
2
Gearoid McIntyre
Nobber Boys
64
44
20
29
25
-4
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
62
47
15
30
19
-11
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
61
51
10
31
43
12
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
61
36
25
32
23
-9
David Miley
Dallas Cowboys
60
48
12
33
29
-4
Callum Dunne
Derry Girls
59
44
15
34
33
-1
Eoghan Farrelly
Definitely Last Chance Saloon
56
41
15
35
28
-7
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
56
46
10
36
38
2
Joe Behan
Melchester Rovers
53
38
15
37
35
-2
Josh Tobin
Team1
53
41
12
38
39
1
Niall Carroll
The Yellow Bellies
50
38
12
39
41
2
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Trailerpark Rovers
48
36
12
40
34
-6
Gerry Draper
Everton10
46
41
5
41
42
1
Sean O'Mairtin
EMFA Returns
46
36
10
42
40
-2
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
41
36
5
43
36
-7
Patrick Dempsey
Paddser's Whackers
41
41
0
44
44
0
Breifne Earley
Leitrim Villa
32
32
0
45
45
0
John Brophy
We're Not Shels
31
31
0
46
46
0
Sean Keller
The Boys From Dalymount
25
25
0
47
47
0
Ian O'Reilly
Limerick City United Treaty 37 FC
24
24
0
48
48
0
Seamus McGowan
Bit O'Red
11
9
2
49
49
0
Hugh Keller
Hugh Jarse FC
6
6
0