February 14th and 15th - The season kicked off with four one-nil victories on Friday night. Kevin O'Connor scored the first goal of the season as Waterford started the season with a one-nil victory at Richmond Park against St Pats.

The reigning champions Dundalk began their quest for a third title in a row with a one-nil win at home to Derry City. Despite all the new signings, it was a familiar face, Dane Massey, who scored the only goal of the game with eleven minutes to go at Oriel Park.

Shelbourne returned to the Premier Division and picked up a very big three points away to Cork City. Ciaran Kilduff, with his 100th league goal, nodded home a very late winner for Ian Morris' side. That victory could be very important for the newly promoted side by the end of the season....

Ollie Horgan was smiling after Finn Harps won the North West Derby. Karl O'Sullivan scored just before the hour mark as Sligo Rovers left Donegal empty handed.

Despite the best efforts of Storm Dennis, the Dublin Derby between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers went ahead on Saturday afternoon. The TV coverage was pulled late on as Aaron Greene scored a ninety-third minute winner to earn the points for Stephen Bradley's side. A huge three points for the Hoops and their title aspirations even at this early stage of the season.

The first leaderboard of the season sees Derek Kelly lead the way with 27 points. Four people are just three points behind on 24 - Andy Dunne, Darragh Kenny, Joseph Kavanagh and Niall Carroll - full details below:

 


February 22nd - The table has a familiar look to it with Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk being the only two teams to win both their opening games. It was wetter than an otter's pocket in Tallaght on Friday night as a crowd of over 5,000 people saw Cork put to the sword. Graham Burke found the net five times as Rovers hit Neal Fenn's young side for six without reply. Jack Byrne opened his account for the season in that one too. Cork were reduced to ten men just before half time when Deshane Dalling got a straight red card for a challenge on Pico Lopes.

There was also a sell out at Tolka Park as Dundalk held on to beat Shelbourne two-one. Goals from Andy Boyle and Pat Hoban had the champions in cruise control but a second half strike from Gary Deegan ensured Vinny Perth's side didn't have it all their own way. The Lilywhites visit Tallaght next Friday night in an early season six-pointer at the top of the table.

Finn Harps were only denied maximum points from their first two games by an injury time strike from Adam Liddle. Ryan Connolly's first goal for Ollie Horgan's side had Harps heading towards their second North West Derby victory in two weeks until Derry's late intervention. Finn Harps will be looking to maintain their good start to the season on Monday night when Shelbourne visit Ballybofey.

Bohemians bounced back from last week's defeat against Shamrock Rovers with a two-nil win at Waterford. An own goal from Sam Bone was followed up with a penalty from Danny Mandroiu to send the travelling Bohs fans home happy.

Ronan Hale and Chris Forrester scored first half goals at the Showgrounds as St Patrick's Athletic picked up their first win of the season despite a red card for Ollie Younger in the second half. Sligo Rovers join Cork as the only team without a point so far...

This week's leaderboard sees Aidan Scanlon move into top spot. Two-ten pointers saw Aidan pick up 34 points from the five games. He's a point clear of Joseph Kavanagh in second place. Andy Dunne and Derek Kelly maintain their good starts from last week. Gearoid McIntyre completes the top five. Full details below:

 



February 24th - Matchday 3 was disrupted by the weather. The games between Finn Harps and Shelbourne and St Patrick's Athletic and Derry City fell victim to the winter weather leaving us with just three games for this update.

Champions Dundalk made it three wins from three adding to Cork's problems. Goals from Duffy, Hoban and Flores saw Vinny Perth's side record a three-nil victory at Oriel Park over Neal Fenn's side. Shamrock Rovers also made it three wins from three - an own goal and a first goal for Rhys Marshall saw them win two-nil at Waterford. For the third game in a row this season, Rovers ended up playing against ten men. More fodder for the conspiracy theorists there...

Both sides go into Friday night's big game in Tallaght with 100% records. Something has to give under the Friday night lights....

Bohemians also won for the second time in three days. Their two-nil win at home to Sligo Rovers came courtesy of goals from Danny Manroiu and Kris Twardek. That win moves Keith Long's side up to third in the table.

With the three favourites all winning to zero there were plenty of points up for grabs on monday night. Joseph Kavanagh moved into the lead on 77 points. He's two clear of Eamon Fox with my season peaking early in third place! The top five for February is completed by Aidan Scanlon and Caroline Carroll. It's all to play for heading into the weekend's games which will decide our first monthly winner of the season:

 


February 28th - For once a game lived up to its pre-match hype as Shamrock Rovers played Dundalk. A crowd of over 7,500 arrived in Tallaght to see Rovers take the lead through Dylan Watts. What came next has gone viral as Jordan Flores equalised for the champions with an early contender for goal of the season, the Puskas award and an Oscar all rolled into one. The second half saw Pat Hoban put Dundalk ahead and looking likely to deal and early psychological blow in the title race. However, Pico Lopes popped up with an equaliser and then Jack Byrne twisted Chris Shields once too often before firing home a winner for the Hoops. A great advertisement for the league when all is said and done, let's hope it encourages a few more to get out and watch some games....

Shelbourne picked up their second win from three games beating St Patrick's Athletic one-nil at Tolka Park. Jaze Kabia scored the only goal in that one becoming the youngest Shels league goalscorer since a certain Wes Hoolahan in 2001.

Derry City recored their first win of the season beating Bohemians two-nil at the Brandywell. On any other night Stephen Mallon's opener would have gone viral. Walter Figueira added the second in injury time as Declan Devine's side picked up their first win of the season.

Cork City bounced back from heavy defeats earlier in the week to see off Finn Harps at Turners Cross. The all important goal came in the second half from Alec Byrne to lift Neal Fenn's side off the bottom of the table. Sligo Rovers remain the only side without a point after Saturday night's game at home to Waterford fell victim to Storm Jorge....

You wait ages for your first monthly winner of the season and then two come along together. Caroline Carroll and Joseph Kavanagh both finished on 94 points to share top spot. The monthly winner will now be decided by a penalty shoot out at the Carlisle Grounds at half time during a game in the near future (or something like that!!!). I finished third for my sins, thankfully not winning as that would be fairly Delaney-esque even by League of Ireland standards. The top five for February was completed by Aidan Scanlon and Eamon Fox. Full details below:

 


The Greatest League - February Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
Support the Site:
1
5
4
Caroline Carroll
Tarzan's 11
94
70
24


2
1
-1
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
94
77
17
3
3
0
Joe Turner
The Dairymen of Stradbrook
89
72
17
4
4
0
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
85
71
14
5
2
-3
Eamon Fox
Culchies United
82
75
7
6
15
9
Eoghan Brophy
Tolka Dreamers
81
62
19
7
13
6
Niall Carroll
The Yellow Bellies
81
64
17
8
6
-2
Derek Kelly
SRFC1725
79
70
9
9
11
2
Keith Ryan
Wearethewanderers
79
67
12
10
32
22
Richard Johnston
Mayo For Sam
79
50
29
11
8
-3
Darragh Kenny
Luca Connell CSC
76
69
7
12
20
8
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
75
60
15
13
14
1
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
74
62
12
14
9
-5
Andy Dunne
Ballymore Shamrocks
74
67
7
15
17
2
Ian O'Reilly
Limerick City United Treaty 37 FC
73
61
12
16
7
-9
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Ultra's
72
70
2
17
26
9
Gary McGurk
Chelfest 2013
72
55
17
18
24
6
Kieran Harnett
Limerick United
72
56
16
19
10
-9
Chris Hinchey
Lilywhites
71
67
4
20
22
2
Jay Thomas
Tallaght Toppers
71
59
12
21
23
2
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Trailerpark Rovers
69
57
12
22
16
-6
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
69
62
7
23
38
15
Callum Dunne
Derry Girls
68
46
22
24
21
-3
Davy Doyle
Whitechurch FC
68
59
9
25
18
-7
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
67
60
7
26
19
-7
Eoghan Farrelly
Definitely Last Chance Saloon
67
60
7
27
12
-15
Gearoid McIntyre
Nobber Boys
67
65
2
28
27
-1
John Brophy
We're Not Shels
66
55
11
29
29
0
Gerry Moore
Rovers Are Red
65
53
12
30
25
-5
Sean O'Mairtin
EMFA Returns
65
56
9
31
35
4
Gerry Draper
Everton10
64
47
17
32
37
5
Tommy Hamill
Omeath Allstars
64
47
17
33
42
9
Gary Donnelly
Cabinteely II
61
39
22
34
36
2
Joe Behan
Melchester Rovers
61
47
14
35
30
-5
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
61
52
9
36
48
12
Derek McDonald
Super Shels
58
29
29
37
33
-4
Josh Tobin
Team1
57
48
9
38
34
-4
Mark Welsh
3rdina2horserace
55
48
7
39
28
-11
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
53
53
0
40
31
-9
Gary Keating
Brohemians
53
51
2
41
40
-1
David Miley
Dallas Cowboys
52
40
12
42
39
-3
Sean Taylor
O'Connor's Touting XI
49
42
7
43
49
6
Seamus McGowan
Bit O'Red
48
26
22
44
46
2
Sean Keller
The Boys From Dalymount
47
32
15
45
44
-1
Breifne Earley
Leitrim Villa
46
36
10
46
41
-5
David Moran
Wrightsaidfred
46
39
7
47
43
-4
Graeme Buckley
Canyoneroes
44
37
7
48
47
-1
Hugh Keller
Hugh Jarse FC
43
31
12
49
45
-4
Patrick Dempsey
Paddser's Whackers
42
35
7