February 16th and 17th - The long awaited 2024 season kicked off on Friday night. Three of the Premier Division games ended all square. Aaron Greene rescued a point for Shamrock Rovers who drew one-all at home with Dundalk. The Louth side had taken a first half lead through Jamie Gullan's free-kick and held firm for a point to kick off their season. It was the same scoreline in Waterford where Shelbourne left with a point. The newly promoted side scored the first goal of the season through Maleace Asamoah but Sean Boyd came off the bench to earn a point for Damien Duff's side. Boyd lasted sixteen minutes on the pitch - coming on as sub, scoring the equaliser and then earning a straight red card.

Four goals were shared at Dalymount Park as Bohemians drew two-all with Sligo Rovers. Sten Reinkort opened the scoring for the hipsters but they needed a 94th minute equaliser from James Clarke after Sligo had gone ahead through goals from Reece Hutchinson and Fabrice Hartmann. St Patricks Athletic kicked off their campaign with a one-nil win in Galway - Jamie Lennon scored the only goal after three minutes. Derry City beat Drogheda United two-one on the bouncy castle - goals from Ronan Boyce and Pat Hoban saw the Candystripes over the line despite Evan Weir's second half goal. Ryan Brennan also missed a penalty for Kevin Doherty's side.

In the First Division, there were wins for both of last season's relegated sides. UCD made the short trip down the N11 and left Bray with the points after a two-one win. Cork City beat Kerry two-nil in front of over 5,000 fans at Turner's Cross. Jack Doherty scored both goals for the Leesiders in that one.

Athlone Town topped the early table after a three-nil win at home to Wexford. Treaty United also got off to a winning start - they laid down a marker with a three-one win at home to Cobh Ramblers. The weekend's games concluded with a five goal thriller in Longford - Finn Harps came from two goals down to win three-two to start their season off with a big win.

The first leaderboard of the season shows top spot shared by Darragh Kenny and Sean Judd who both picked up 59 points on the opening weekend. Caroline Carroll and Tony McNamee share third place, five points off the lead. Daire Murphy completes the early top five on 50 points - full details below:

 


February 23rd and 24th - The second round of games in the top division saw two Dublin derbies taking place. Shelbourne's fast start saw them beat Shamrock Rovers two-one at Tolka Park. Goals from Mark Coyle and Will Jarvis inside the first thirty minutes were enough to see Damien Duff's side over the line. Rory Gaffney pulled one back for the champions in the second half but Stephen Bradley's side couldn't find an equaliser as the hosts held out for their first victory over the Hoops in the league since 2005. A repeat of last season's FAI Cup final took place at Richmond Park. Despite scrambling around in the last few days of the transfer window to find a defence, Bohemians came out on top thanks to a late penalty from Jordan Flores.

The two newly promoted sides picked up wins on the road in Louth. Galway United picked up their first win of the season at Dundalk. Edward McCarthy and Aodh Dervin scored the goals in a two-nil win. Waterford also picked up their first win - they beat Drogheda four-one at Weavers Park. Drogheda were ahead in that one but Keith Long's side scored four without reply including a first goal of the season for the returning Padraig Amond. Saturday's scoreless draw between Sligo Rovers and Derry City meant no team in the Premier Division had one their opening two games.

The first division saw our first postponed game of the season as the rain put paid to Wexford's game against Longford. Treaty United made it two wins from two - Enda Curran scored the only goal late on as the Limerick side won one-nil at UCD. Game of the night was arguably in Mounthawk Park. The teams were taken off the park temporarily due to a hailstorm. Bray Wanderers then came out on top by the odd goal in five to leave Kerry looking for their first point of the season. It finished one-all in Ballybofey as the points were shared by Finn Harps and Cork City. The points were also shared in Cobh where Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Tow drew three-all.

Assuming no manager departs their club before next Thursday, our first monthly prize of the season is shared between Darragh Kenny and Ger Coppinger who finish the weekend on 70 points. They were one point clear of Gary Donnelly and Paul Moore who finished on 69 points. In a very low scoring week (especially in the top division), Gary's score of 28 points was the highest this week. Caroline Carroll completed the top five for February.

 

 


The Greatest League - February 2024 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1 0 Darragh Kenny Fitzer's Green and White Army 70 59 11


2
6 4 Ger Coppinger Cleveland Hoops 70 49 21
3
19 16 Gary Donnelly Rod de Whores 69 41 28
4
12 8 Paul Moore The Problem Child Done Good! 69 44 25
5
3 -2 Caroline Carroll Carrie's Crusaders 67 54 13
6
2 -4 Sean Judd Mary Green and White Army 65 59 6
7
15 8 Stephen Caffrey Killy Hoops 62 44 18
8
4 -4 Tony McNamee Swilly Rovers 62 54 8
9
5 -4 Daire Murphy Vancouver Hoop 61 50 11
10
14 4 Sean Cooke Oh Bradley Said 61 44 17
11
33 22 Daniel Dorrian Donegallad97 60 34 26
12
37 25 Kevin Murphy Forrester's Finest 60 34 26
13
13 0 Robert Gaffney Fiorentina Turner 60 44 16
14
11 -3 Paul Gallagher Rizla Rovers 59 44 15
15
17 2 Jason Maloney Time Out Hoops 58 43 15
16
30 14 Shane Coughlan Shane Lad Rovers 58 37 21
17
9 -8 Joseph Kavanagh CheeryOrchardThieves 57 44 13
18
16 -2 Brian Dalton Mature Saints 56 43 13
19
32 13 Brian Cunningham Lucy's Hoops 55 34 21
20
29 9 Dylan Weldon Shamrock Rovers B 55 37 18
21
7 -14 Robert Lavelle Herbert's U12s 55 49 6
22
59 37 Stan Tormey Tadgh Purcell's Giant Leap 53 28 25
23
46 23 Brian Mason Warsaw Hoops 52 29 23
24
8 -16 Carl Toner Super Doc 52 47 5
25
36 11 Jimmy Maguire Jimmy's Jewels 52 34 18
26
24 -2 Niall Hayden 404 Not Found 52 39 13
27
58 31 Richard Johnston Daffodil Divers 51 28 23
28
47 19 Conor King Adama Hugandkiss 50 29 21
29
10 -19 Kevin Nolan New Stadiums Please 50 44 6
30
18 -12 Stephen O'Gorman FC Yukichan 50 42 8
31
31 0 Ross Williams Grace Almighty 48 35 13
32
42 10 Shane McCormack Up The Pohls 48 30 18
33
28 -5 Terry Haide Leitis Pohls Steacy 48 38 10
34
65 31 Cian Cooke Mr Sheen FC 47 24 23
35
53 18 Graham Merrigan Ballybrack Rovers 47 29 18
36
23 -13 Niall Carroll Yellow Bellies 47 39 8
37
25 -12 Philip Rankin Steve's Stars 47 39 8
38
26 -12 Tommy Hamill Omeath Allstars 47 39 8
39
20 -19 Gary Fitzpatrick No. 5 In A Row 46 39 7
40
27 -13 Gerry Moore Sligobourne 46 38 8
41
39 -2 Luke Hogan Sallins Rovers 46 33 13
42
22 -20 Neil Walsh The Bradley Babes 46 39 7
43
50 7 Derek Clayton IGBC FC 45 29 16
44
61 17 Gavin Doherty D12 Shels 45 27 18
45 35 -10 James Keville Saints On A Train 45 34 11
46 21 -25 Jason Shanahan Ashford Academical 45 39 6
47 82 35 Rory Gilsenan Plastic Pitch Predators 45 19 26
48 38 -10 Conor Claxton Hoops Upside Your Head 43 33 10
49 40 -9 David King Clane Hoops 43 32 11
50 79 29 Brian Boyle Slatterys Own 42 19 23
51 54 3 Greg Donaghy Champagne Super Rovers 42 29 13
52 55 3 James Cooke Aylesbury Hoops 42 29 13
53 81 28 Joe Turner Gary Dempsey's Lonely Hearts Club Band 42 19 23
54 71 17 Luke Gallagher Dundalk's Europa League Money 42 24 18
55 83 28 Ryan Mulvaney There's Only 1 Stephen Bradley 42 19 23
56 41 -15 Darren McDonald Lucan Hoops 41 30 11
57 34 -23 Donal Dowling Broadford Rovers 41 34 7
58 57 -1 Kevin McQuaide The Hairy Bowsies 41 28 13
59 43 -16 Alan Leahy Alan's Allstars 40 29 11
60 78 18 Alan O'Brien ChampagneSuperRovers 40 19 21
61 45 -16 Andy Dunne Maureen O'Hara Rovers 40 29 11
62 48 -14 Craig Whelan Jon Daly's Men 40 29 11
63 80 17 David O'Malley The Ramdeuters 40 19 21
64 49 -15 David Doyle AFC Whitechurch 39 29 10
65 60 -5 Gary Parsons TFTES 39 27 12
66 67 1 Gearoid O'Dubhghusa FIAR X 2 37 24 13
67 85 18 Francis Gilligan Gorilla Glue # 4 - Let It Run All Over Me 36 18 18
68 63 -5 John Brophy Back To Back Carrig FC 36 25 11
69 44 -25 Alan Rochford Hooper Special 35 29 6
70 52 -18 Eamonn McConville Nosferahoop 35 29 6
71 64 -7 Keith Ryan The Racing Rabbits 35 25 10
72 70 -2 Kyle Dixon DDRH 35 24 11
73 62 -11 Trevor Rankin Super Hoops 35 27 8
74 90 16 James Larmon Larmon's Eleven 32 14 18
75 69 -6 Kevin McGlone Milltown Magic 32 24 8
76 87 11 Bill Gleeson Gary Parson's Affiliate Link 30 17 13
77 75 -2 Derek McDonald He's In Your Head 30 22 8
78 51 -27 Eamonn Gallagher Gally's Hoops 30 29 1
79 72 -7 Vincent Sweeney SouthStandTadg 30 24 6
80 66 -14 Cillian O'Reilly Dublinsgreenandwhite 29 24 5
81 56 -25 Pat Mitchell Champagne Football 29 29 0
82 76 -6 Eoghan Brophy There's Always A Chance 28 22 6
83 89 6 Danielle McGarry The Drive For Five 27 15 12
84 73 -11 Conor O'Neill Conrad 26 23 3
85 86 1 James Connolly SRFC Four'midable 26 18 8
86 68 -18 Gerry Draper Everton10 25 24 1
87 74 -13 Christopher Uzell Heavey's Heroes 24 22 2
88 84 -4 Tommy Tormey The Four Fs 24 19 5
89 77 -12 Adam Byrne Champions Again Ole Ole 22 19 3
90 91 1 Paul Murphy Oh Bradley Said 19 12 7
91 92 1 Joshua Coulahan SPAFC1929 18 7 11
92 88 -4 Anto Nagle Anto's Allstars 15 15 0
93 93 0 Denis Hunter King Hunpal 4 4 0