February 18th - Despite storm Eunice's best efforts, the opening day of the league produced some amount of drama. In the Premier Division, champions Shamrock Rovers opened with a three-nil win at home to UCD. The Students had their moments early on but once Sean Hoare headed home for the Hoops the result was never in doubt. Danny Mandroiu opened his account before half time with the second and Graham Burke came off the bench to add a third late on. St Patricks Athletic won by the same scoreline at newly-promoted Shelbourne. Tolka Park was full but the Damien Duff era got off to a bad start as goals from Darragh Burns, Mark Doyle and Jason McClelland got the cup holders off to a winning start.

The points were shared at Oriel Park between Dundalk and Derry City. Dundalk were ahead twice with goals from Steven Bradley (no, not that one) and Mark Connolly. However, the Candystripes hit back with equalisers from Joe Thomson and Jamie McGonigle. The other games in the Premier Division - Finn Harps versus Drogheda and Sligo Rovers versus Bohemians fell victim to the weather.

The three games in the first division produced no less than 19 goals. Cork hit Bray for six in the Carlisle Grounds. Dylan McGlade came back to haunt his old side in that one, bagging a hat-trick. Waterford gave notice of a quick return to the Premier Division with a five-two win in Athlone. Treaty United's second season of league football started with a five-one win in Wexford. Enda Curran scored twice for the Limerick side in that one.

The first leaderboard of the season sees three people share the lead - last season's runner-up, Connor Edwards, looks determined to go one better this season and shares the lead with two newcomers - Liam Regan-Guimares and Stephen Horan. You can see the standings after week one below:

 


February 25th to 28th - A double round of fixtures in the Premier Division ended with Shamrock Rovers leading the way on Monday night. The champions lost two-one in Derry on Friday night with Josh McGonigle scoring an injury time winner for the Candystripes. Rovers bounced back on Monday night though. Jack Byrne made one and scored one in a three-one win over Drogheda in Tallaght Stadium.

Dundalk are second in the table - they drew two-all at Bohemians on Friday night, twice coming from behind to earn a point. They followed that up with straightforward three-nil win at home to Finn Harps on Monday night - Steven Bradley continued his early season scoring streak, netting three goals in those two games. Bohemians second home game of the weekend saw them gain revenge for their FAI Cup defeat in November - they beat St Patricks Athletic one-nil at Dalymount - Stephen Mallon scored the winner for Keith Long's side. That made it two defeats in a row for the cup holders - they were surprisingly beaten two-one at home by Sligo Rovers on Friday night. Liam Buckley's side then went to Derry on Monday night and earned another point in a nil-all draw.

At the wrong end of the table, UCD are still without a goal but two-nil all draws at home to Finn Harps and Shelbourne leave them eighth in the table. Drogheda are bottom - they also lost on Friday night, two-nil at home to Shelbourne, a result which gave Damien Duff his first win as manager.

Waterford lead the way in the first division. Ian Morris' side made it two wins from two with a one-nil win at home to Bray Wanderers. Galway's first game of the season saw John Caulfield's side pick up a one-nil win at his old employer, Cork City. Wexford returned to form with a three-two win at Cobh Ramblers - Dinny Corcoran scored twice in that one, earning four bonus points for his followers. The game between Treaty United and Athlone was called off due to the bad weather.

A score of 56 points, by far the highest this week, was enough for Neil Walsh to win the February competition. He had six points to spare over Gearoid McIntyre in second place. Trevor Rankin finished third with newcomer Ian Kearns finishing fourth. The top five for February was completed by Paul Moore. Full details below:

 


The Greatest League - February 2022 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
21
20
Neil Walsh
Kimmage Rovers
78
22
56


2
12
10
Gearoid McIntyre
Nobber Boys
72
25
47
3
4
1
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
69
32
37
4
8
4
Ian Kearns
Whisper FC
68
27
41
5
13
8
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
68
24
44
6
5
-1
Gavin Doherty
D12 Shels
64
30
34
7
20
13
Kevin McQuaide
Ian Beale's Bin Removal
64
22
42
8
3
-5
Stephen Horan
Welcome To Heaven FC
64
37
27
9
1
-8
Connor Edwards
Ollie's At The Wheel
59
37
22
10
18
8
Justin Moran
The Superstars
59
22
37
11
10
-1
David Power
Supersaint on Tour
57
25
32
12
2
-10
Liam Regan-Guimaraes
Friday I'm In LOIve
57
37
20
13
28
15
Andy Dunne
BBK United
56
17
39
14
14
0
Anto Proctor
Hoopsontopoftheleague
56
22
34
15
7
-8
David Doyle
Specialolympiakos
56
27
29
16
35
19
Derek McDonald
Save Tolka Park
56
15
41
17
37
20
James Connolly
Il Duce
56
12
44
18
22
4
Niall Carroll
Mick's Yellowbellies
55
22
33
19
6
-13
Caroline Carroll
Seagulls
54
27
27
20
16
-4
Gerry Draper
Everton 10
54
22
32
21
11
-10
Gary Keating
Brohemians
52
25
27
22
31
9
Henry Smith
SuperHoops
52
17
35
23
30
7
Gary Fitzpatrick
B.R.A.Y. Oway Oway Oway
49
17
32
24
15
-9
Darragh Kenny
The Good Guys
47
22
25
25
17
-8
Joe Turner
Milltown 1982
47
22
25
26
19
-7
Kenny Barrett
Indy Hoops
47
22
25
27
24
-3
Gary Donnelly
Cabrayteely Wanderers
45
20
25
28
32
4
Jake Murphy
SRFC #1
44
17
27
29
34
5
Keith Ryan
WeAreStillBrayWanderers
44
17
27
30
36
6
Graham Young
JoDivision
43
15
28
31
39
8
Tommy Tormey
The Four Fs
43
12
31
32
9
-23
Jay Thomas
Tallafornia Dreamin'
42
27
15
33
33
0
John Brophy
Really Have To Beat Eoghan This Year AFC
42
17
25
34
25
-9
Joseph Kavanagh
Cherry Orchard Thieves
42
20
22
35
26
-9
Richard Johnston
"I Don't Get It"
42
20
22
36
41
5
Gerry Moore
Moore, Moore, Moore
41
10
31
37
23
-14
Tommy Hamill
Omeath Allstars
39
22
17
38
27
-11
Alex Molloy
Junkiesfc
37
17
20
39
42
3
Conor Foley
Internan
37
5
32
40
43
3
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Trailerpark Rovers
37
5
32
41
40
-1
Zach Merriman
Shamrock Rovers
36
12
24
42
29
-13
Eoghan Brophy
Still Doing Better Than John United
34
17
17
43
44
1
Francis Gilligan
Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile
29
2
27
44
38
-6
Karl Seale
Liberty Hoops
17
12
5