July 2nd and 3rd - Shamrock Rovers put in a performance to suggest talk of a demise was greatly exaggerated. Dundalk came to Tallaght after a good recent run under the returning Vinny Perth. That trend continued early on when Pat Hoban fired the visitors ahead following a Richie Towell stumble. Alan Mannus then pulled off a world class save from the same player's header before Liam Scales scored his second goal of the season contender against the same opponents. Sean Gannon then scored in first half injury time against his former side to put the Hoops ahead. Aaron Greene scored the third and sealed the victory late on as Rovers won their first home league game in a while. That victory was enough to send the Hoops back top of the table on goal difference. Sligo Rovers moved level on points with a hard fought one-nil victory at Longford on Saturday night - Jordan Gibson scored the only goal from the penalty spot. Both sides have 38 points now heading into their European campaigns which start midweek.

St Patricks Athletic dropped three points off the pace after defeat in Phibsboro. Bohemians kept up their recent excellent home form with a three-two victory in an incident packed game. Georgie Kelly's twelfth league goal of the season opened the scoring in the first half. An Andy Lyons own goal levelled matters up before goals from Tyreke Wilson and Liam Burt had the home side three-one up. Pats finished the game with nine men following red cards for Lee Desmond and Ian Bermingham. Despite that, they pulled a goal back in injury time through Jason McClelland.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Derry City recorded their first home win of the season with a two-nil win at home to Waterford. Evan McLaughlin scored on his debut and Joe Thompson added the second as the Candystripes climbed to sixth in the table. Drogheda United are fifth after they came from behind to beat Finn Harps three-one at Head In The Game Park. Will Seymore opened the scoring for Ollie Horgan's side but goals from Darragh Markey, Mark Doyle and Daniel O'Reilly earned another three points for Tim Clany's side.

Runaway leaders Shelbourne left it late to maintain their eleven point lead in the first division. An own goal from Alex Aspil of Cabinteely in the 91st minute was the only goal at Tolka Park (and saw my five match accumulator come up!). The other four games in the first division on Friday night produced eighteen goals. Treaty United and Galway United share second place. The Limerick side won three-two in Turners Cross in an entertaining Munster Derby. Cork were leading two-one at half-time but two Kieran Hanlon penalties for the visitors proved decisive. Galway United continue to progress under John Caulfield. They won two-nil at promotion rivals UCD thanks to goals from Ruairi Keating and Wilson Waweru. Bray Wanderers occupy the final play-off spot - two Joe Doyle goals saw them come from behind to beat Cobh Ramblers in front of 500 fans at the Carlisle Grounds.

The first leaderboard of July sees John Brophy, like his Shelbourne team, race into an early lead on 50 points. His score for the week included four ten-pointers! Darragh Kenny and Niall Carroll are in second place, eight points back. Six people then share fourth spot on 39 points - Andy Dunne, Conor O'Sullivan, Gerry Draper, Jay Thomas, myself and Sean Keane. Full details below:

 


July 9th and 10th - The European qualifiers were given a matchday off. St Patricks Athletic took advantage of that, beating Derry City, to move level on points with the leaders. Chris Forrester scored the only goal at Richmond Park as the Saints climbed to 38 points, trailing both Rovers on goal difference. Waterford won the early kick off in Donegal, beating Finn Harps by a goal to nil. Junior Quiturna's penalty in first half injury time saw Marc Bircham's side move to within four points of the Ballybofey side. One game on Saturday evening saw the points shared at Bishopsgate. Chris Lyons fired Drogheda ahead in the thirteenth minute but Dylan Grimes rescued a point for Longford with an equaliser with time running out. Daire Doyle's side are six points adrift at the bottom of the table now.

In thie first division Shelbourne dropped their first points since April 30th, They drew one-all at Treaty United. Michael O'Connor had the leaders in front but an injury time equaliser from Will Armshaw saw the points shared. Galway's good recent run continued - they beat Cobh Ramblers two-nil in Eamonn Deacy Park with goals from Ruairi Keating and Wilson Waweru to move to within eight points of Shelbourne.

Elsewhere in the first division, UCD came from behind to beat Wexford. The South East side can count themselves unlucky again as Evan Caffrey scored an injury time winner for the Students. Athlone Town picked up their first win in four games winning at Cabinteely. Derek Daly scored the only goal at Stradbrook in the first half. The points were shared in front of 600 fans behind Cork City and Bray Wanderers. Two goals from Cian Murphy has the Leesiders heading towards three points but goals in the last six minutes from Darren Craven and Andrew Quinn saw the Wicklow side escape with a point.

In what I sincerely hope is the only case of "it's coming home" today, I've somehow managed to move into first place in the July competition. I'm one point ahead of Danielle Brady with Darragh Kenny and Eoin Scully a point further back. Last week's leader, John Brophy, remains in touch in fifth place just four points off the lead. Lisa Donnelly was this week's top scorer with a level 42 points haul....

 

July 16th to 18th - Shamrock Rovers and St Patricks Athletic lead the way ahead of their clash in Tallght in two weeks time. Things looked bleak for the reigning champions when they fell two goals behind in Derry on Friday night. Goals from Boyce and Junior had the hosts two up inside half an hour. However a goal from Graham Burke just before half time lit the touchpaper for a fine comeback. Goals from Ronan Finn, Rory Gaffney and Richie Towell (his first league goal for the club) saw the Hoops pick up a vital three points. All the more impressive given their European exertions and heartbreak earlier in the week. St Pats remained on the same points, having played a game more, with a two-nil win over Drogheda in Richmond Park. Two second half goals from Chris Forrester and Robbie Benson mean the Saints are still level with the Hoops.

It was a bad week for Sligo Rovers - after exiting Europe on Thursday night, they then slipped to a one-nil defeat at Waterford on Sunday afternoon. Cian Kavanagh scored the only goal at the RSC as Marc Bircham's side moved to within a point of Finn Harps in eighth place. Ollie Horgan's side suffered another defeat on Saturday afternoon losing to Dundalk. Dave McMillan scored the only goal at Oriel Park as Vinny Perth's side won for the fifth time in seven games since his return. The final game from the weekend saw the points shared at Dalymount as Bohemians fell eleven points behind the leaders. Rob Manley headed Longford ahead but Jamie Mullins equalised for Keith Long's side just before the hour mark.

In the first division, the Shelbourne procession continued as they came from behind to win three-one at Athlone. Dayle Rooney scored twice in that one, his first two goals of the season. The Tolka Park side lead by eleven points with eleven games to go after Galway were held nil-all by Bray at the Carlisle Grounds. Treaty United moved level on points with John Caulfield's side after a two-one win at home to UCD - Jack Lynch scored both goals for the Limerick side in that one. Wexford picked up just their fifth point of the season when they drew nil-all with Cork City. Conor Drinan scored a late winner at St Colman's Park as Cobh Ramblers put a dent in Cabinteely's play off hopes.

With just six points separating the first nine places, it's tighter than a Cavanman's pocket heading into the last round of fixtures in July. Three people now share the lead - Eoghan Brophy, Gary Fitzpatrick and me. Danielle Brady is a point further back in fourth place with Gerry Moore in fifth - full details below:

 

July 30th and 31st - Two Premier Division games were cancelled following wins in Europe for Dundalk and Bohemians. There were some significant results in the remaining games through which affected matters at both ends of the table. Shamrock Rovers defeated St Patricks Athletic, the weather and the officials by three goals to one in front of 1,500 spectators at Tallaght. Dylan Watts put in a masterclass performance with three assists for the home side. Danny Mandroiu opened the scoring before a deflected John Mountney free-kick sent the sides in level at half-time. Roberto Lopes headed the Hoops in front on the hour mark before Mandroiu sealed the win with a deft chip late on. That win sent Stephen Bradley's side three points clear of the Inchicore side with a game in hand.

At the wrong end of the table, Waterford went ahead of Finn Harps with a two-one win at Drogheda. Goals from John Martin and Junior Quitirna saw Marc Bircham's side climb out of the relegation places. Saturday's game saw Derry City win two-nil at Longford to boost their European hopes. Just four points separate Bohemians in fourth place from Dundalk in seventh.

In the first division, Shelbourne were pegged back by Cobh Ramblers who left Tolka Park with a point after an entertaining two-all draw. The leaders were ahead twice through Michael O'Connor and Dayle Rooney but goals from Daniel O'Connell and Nathan O'Connell saw the points shared.

Both Treaty United and Galway United took their opportunity to cut the gap to nine points. The Limerick side are in second place after a comfortable four-one win at Athlone. Galway had to come from behind to win three-one in Wexford. UCD and Bray share the final play off spots. UCD were held one-all by an improving Cork City at Turners Cross while Bray won the N11 derby beating Cabinteely three-nil at Stradbrook.

We've ended up with joint winners in July - Darragh Kenny and Eoghan Brophy share top spot and the €20 first prize with a score of 139 points each. Maintaining the intrgrity of the competition, I finished third just three points behind. Last year's overall winner, Andy Dunne, finished fourth with Gerry Moore in fifth place - full details below:

 

The Greatest League - July 2021 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
7
6
Darragh Kenny
The Good Guys
139
104
35


2
1
-1
Eoghan Brophy
Get Out Of The Graveyard
139
109
30
3
3
0
Joe Turner
The Pursuit of Accidents
136
109
27
4
6
2
Andy Dunne
Champagne Football FC
129
104
25
5
5
0
Gerry Moore
Sligobourne United
128
106
22
6
2
-4
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Cubs
124
109
15
7
10
3
Sean Keane
Hoops1825
124
99
25
8
12
4
Caroline Carroll
The Seagulls
123
96
27
9
9
0
Lisa Donnelly
Jeff Is King
120
103
17
10
15
5
Neil Walsh
Kimmage Hoops
119
92
27
11
16
5
James Connolly
SRFC - Above Us Only Sky
118
91
27
12
25
13
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
116
79
37
13
13
0
Gerry Draper
Everton10
114
94
20
14
4
-10
Danielle Brady
There's Only One Keano
113
108
5
15
23
8
Jason Thomas
Rovers Adler Champ
113
81
32
16
17
1
Connor Edwards
Ollie's At The Wheel
112
87
25
17
14
-3
Eoin Scully
The View Locally
112
92
20
18
8
-10
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Southstand Rovers II
111
104
7
19
29
10
David Doyle
Dublin Is Green And Whitechurch
105
76
29
20
24
4
Keith Ryan
Ifyourenotfirstyourelast
105
80
25
21
19
-2
Conor O'Sullivan
Jus Cos
104
84
20
22
20
-2
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
104
84
20
23
32
9
David Moran
Burt and Hery
103
73
30
24
11
-13
Gary Donnelly
Caboavista
102
97
5
25
27
2
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
101
79
22
26
18
-8
Gearoid McIntyre
Cmon Townies
98
86
12
27
31
4
Niall Carroll
Mick's YellowBellies
96
74
22
28
26
-2
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
96
79
17
29
30
1
Tommy Hamill
Omeath All-Stars
95
76
19
30
21
-9
John Brophy
Must Do Better Than Eoghan Utd
94
84
10
31
28
-3
Gary McGurk
The Rod Squad
93
78
15
32
35
3
Richard Johnston
As Thick As Tock
92
67
25
33
22
-11
Cathal Thornton
Ollie Cahill's Cabal
89
82
7
34
33
-1
Sean O'Brien
The Rod Squad
82
72
10
35
38
3
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
71
49
22
36
34
-2
Tony McNamee
Football Special
69
69
0
37
39
2
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
66
49
17
38
36
-2
Niamh McGee
Bit O'Red
62
62
0
39
37
-2
Sean Taylor
Giovagnoli's Faroese Army
62
62
0
40
42
2
Sean O'Mairtin
From Mels To Milan
41
26
15
41
40
-1
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
36
34
2
42
41
-1
Gary Keating
Hery Bikers
29
29
0
43
43
0
Adam O'Callaghan
AdamSRFC
10
8
2
44
46
2
Bobby Casserley
Woodview Rovers FC
10
6
4
45
44
-1
Brian O'Toole
The Saints Are Coming
10
8
2
46
47
1
Karl Seale
StephenHawkingsFootballBoots
10
6
4
47
45
-2
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
8
8
0
48
51
3
Jason Shanahan
Ashford Academical
6
4
2
49
48
-1
Brian Greene
Seabass And The Boys
4
4
0
50
49
-1
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
4
4
0
51
50
-1
Eoghan Farrelly
89th Minute
4
4
0
52
52
0
James Bull
Dublin County FC
4
2
2
53
53
0
James Callan
Up Our Road
4
2
2