March 1st - An unexpected (by Met Eireann anyway) snow flurry put paid to four games on Friday with games at Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, Bray Wanderers and Wexford all called off. Derry City and Shelbourne share top spot in the Premier Division. Danny Mullen scored an injury time winner on the Brandywell bouncy castle as Derry made it seven points from nine against St Patricks Athletic. A second defeat in a row for the Inchicore side leaves them four points behind the early leaders.

Shelbourne also moved onto seven points. They picked up three points following a one-nil win at Sligo. The only goal at the Showgrounds came from John O'Sullivan just twelve minutes into the game. Galway United followed up last week's win in Dundalk with their first home win of the season. The Tribesmen came from behind to beat Waterford two-one. Second half goals from Vincent Borden and David Hurley cancelled out Padraig Amond's opener.

In the first division, Treaty United made it three wins from three with a one-nil win at Kerry. Yousef Mahdy scored the only goal at Mounthawk Park. The home side missed out on a share of the spoils when they missed a last minute penalty.

Cork City won the battle of the relegated sides when they beat UCD one-nil at Turner's Cross - Cian Coleman scored the winner just before half-time with Barry Coffey receiving a red card in the last minute. Finn Harps are second in the table following a two-nil win at home to Athlone.

The first leaderboard for March sees Eamonn Gallagher establish an early lead with 48 points. He's three points clear of Robert Gaffney in second place. Shane Coughlan and Trevor Rankin complete the top four so far:

 


March 4th to 8th - Two wins in five days leave Shelbourne sitting pretty at the top of the Premier Division. They followed up a one-nil win at home to Galway on Monday night with a two-nil win at Bohemians on Friday night. The goals came late on from a Will Jarvis penalty and Mark Coyle. Shels have 13 points from 15 in their first five games. Bohemians' second defeat of the week increased the pressure on Declan Devine - the Phibsboro side were seventh in the table after Friday night's game.

Derry City are second and remain unbeaten. Pat Hoban scored a hat-trick in just eleven minutes on Friday night as Waterford were beaten three-nil. That ended a good week for the striker who scored from the spot in a two-all draw at Shamrock Rovers on Monday night. Stephen O'Donnell is another manager under early pressure - Dundalk crashed to a five-nil defeat on Monday night at home to Sligo Rovers. Although the performance improved on Friday, they still suffered a one-nil defeat - Ruairi Keating scored the only goal as St Patricks Athletic won at Richmond Park.

Elsewhere on Friday night, it finished scoreless between Galway United and Drogheda. That capped a decent few days for Drogheda who beat Bohemians two-one earlier in the week. Saturday night saw Shamrock Rovers continue their now annual slow start to the season - their trip to Sligo ended scoreless meaning the defending champions are ten points behind champions-elect Shelbourne.

Treaty United lost their 100% record in the first division when Bray Wanderers came from two goals down to earn a draw at Markets Field. That draw allowed Cork City to take over top spot. They won two-nil at Longford on Saturday night with second half goals from Evan McLaughlin and Jack Doherty. The Leesiders top the table now on goal difference.

Finn Harps first defeat of the season came when Cobh Ramblers won one-nil in Finn Park. Wexford's first game since the opening night of the season saw them pick up an impressive two-one win at UCD. Kian Corbally and Sean McHale scored the goals as the Slaneysiders kick started their campaign. Kerry nearly picked up a win on the road but a late equaliser for Athlone from Dylan Hand meant the game ended one-all.

A good week for Shelbourne supporters sees Derek McDonald lead the way on 119 points. He has a seven point lead over Kevin Murphy in second place. Christopher Uzell has shot up the standings to third. Conor Claxton and Eamonn Gallagher complete the top five for the month so far:

 

 


March 15th and 16th - Will Jarvis scored twice as Shelbourne won a third Dublin derby in a row. The leaders beat St Patricks Athletic two-one at Richmond Park to open up a five point lead at the top of the table. Jake Mulraney's late goal could not prevent Damien Duff's side making it five wins from six - their only points dropped so far this season being an opening night draw down in Waterford.

Derry City's first defeat of the season came at Dalymount Park. Not content with sending one Derryman packing at the start of the week, Bohemians sent Ruaidhri Higgins side back North with a two-one defeat. Dayle Rooney and James Akintunde scored their first goals of the season to give the Phibsborough side their second win of the season. Shamrock Rovers got their first win of the season too - Johnny Kenny came off the bench to score the only goal away at Galway. The champions will look to build on that victory when they welcome Bohemians to Tallaght in a fortnight.

Friday night's other game in the top division finished scoreless between Dundalk and Waterford at Oriel Park. Stephen O'Donnell's side remain bottom of the table despite that point. Saturday night's game saw Sligo Rovers' decent start to the season continue. Max Mata scored twice in their three-one win at home to Drogheda United. That defeat for Kevin Doherty's side means that the bottom two places in the Premier Division are occupied by the Louth teams.

In the first division, Cork City made it four wins from five with a two-nil win over Bray Wanderers at Turner's Cross. Sean Murray and Cathal O'Sullivan scored the goals for the leaders. Patrick Ferry scored a very late winner for Finn Harps as they came from behind to win two-one in Wexford.

UCD recovered from last week's defeat to score a comprehensive three-nil win over ten man Athlone Town. Ciaran Behan was among the scorers in that one, his second goal of the season. Kerry picked up their second point of the season. Ryan Kelliher's first goal of the season had them within touching distance of a win but James O'Leary equalised to send Cobh Ramblers home with a point. Saturday night's game was postponed after Bishopsgate was deemed unplayable for Treaty United's visit to Longford Town.

With 15 bonus points awarded to 43 people who successfully selected Declan Devine in the sack race, there's been a lot of movement in the March leaderboard. Christopher Uzell now leads the way, a point ahead of last week's leader Derek McDonald. Joseph Kavanagh is in third place. Fourth place is shared by three people - Niall Hayden, Ryan Mulvaney and Sean Cooke - full details below:

 

 


March 22nd - With no games in the Premier Division as a result of the international break, the focus was on the first division. Depending on which game you chose, you either got great value for money or a scoreless draw. My annual visit to the Carlisle Grounds in Bray saw Wexford leave with all three points after winning a seven goal thriller four-three. The winning goal came from the penalty spot five minutes from time. Tomas Oluwa dusted himself down after being fouled to slot home a winner which he dedicated to long time fan Gary Parsons....

The points were shared in Athlone after the home side battled back from three down to earn a point. Longford were three up at half time but two goals from Dean Ebbe and a leveller from Jamal Ibrahim saw the spoils shared. The game between the top two ended scoreless as Treaty United and Cork City met at Markets Field. Another crowd of over 3,000 saw the hosts hang on for a point despite Lee Molloy's late red card.

There was late drama at Turners Cross where UCD scored twice in injury time to beat Cobh Ramblers two-one. That win moves the Students into fourth place in the table, five points behind the leaders. The night's other game also ended scoreless - Kerry's long trip to Donegal saw them earn a point from Finn Harps, their third draw of the season.

It's a St Patricks Athletic one-two at the top of the March leaderboard. Heading into the last week of the month Christopher Uzell has a one point lead over Joseph Kavanagh. Derek McDonald is third place, five points off the lead. Ryan Mulvaney has climbed to fourth place with Robert Gaffney in fifth - full details below:


March 29th - Shelbourne made it six wins in a row to open up a seven point lead at the top of the table. Liam Burt opened the scoring against Dundalk with Hayden Muller's own goal sealing the points before a consolation goal for Stephen O'Donnell's side through Robbie Benson left the final score at two-one to the Drumcondra side. Sligo Rovers are now in second place - they picked up a one-nil win in Waterford courtesy of Ellis Chapman's second half strike. John Russell's side held on for the win despite a late red card for Simon Power.

The much anticipated clash between Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians ended in a three-one win for the champions. A bumper crowd of 10,094 saw all the goals in the second half. Johnny Kenny, Darragh Burns and Aaron Greene scored for the Hoops before Declan McDaid scored one for Alan Reynold's side with the last kick of the game.

Two struggling teams took a point from Weavers Park where it finished scoreless between Drogheda United and St Patricks Athletic. The surprise result of the night came in Derry where Galway recorded a one-nil win. Stephen Walsh scored the winner for John Caulfield's side in the last five minutes to leave the Tribesmen fourth in the table.

Cork City remain unbeaten and top of the table in the first division. They beat Athlone Town one-nil at Turners Cross thanks to Charlie Lyon's second half goal. Finn Harps are in second place - they won by the same scoreline at Treaty United. Tony McNamee scored the only goal in the final ten minutes at Markets Field.

Bray's second home game in five days ended in a second draw. They drew one-all with Longford on Monday night. They looked to be heading for victory against Cobh Ramblers on Friday night until Matthew McKevitt's 94th minute equaliser in a two-all draw.

Kerry seem to be turning into the division's draw specialists - their fourth draw in seven games this season came against Wexford. Sean O'Connell scored the opener for the kingdom's side before Aaron Dobbs earned a point for James Keddy's side. UCD are third in the table after a two-one win in Longford.

A score of 46 points was enough to give Christopher Uzell a comfortable victory in the March competition. He had twenty points to spare over Derek McDonald who finished second. Joseph Kavanagh finished a point back in third place. A strong finish to the month saw Niall Hayden finish joint fourth with Ryan Mulvaney. Full details below:

 

 


The Greatest League - March 2024 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
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Chg
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1 0 Christopher Uzell Heavey's Heroes 212 166 46


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3 1 Derek McDonald He's In Your Head 192 161 31
3
2 -1 Joseph Kavanagh CherryOrchardThieves 191 165 26
4
14 10 Niall Hayden 404 Not Found 185 144 41
5
4 -1 Ryan Mulvaney There's Only 1 Stephen Bradley 185 159 26
6
16 10 Conor Claxton Hoops Upside Your Head 184 142 42
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5 -2 Robert Gaffney Fiorentina Turner 180 154 26
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15 7 Conor O'Neill Conrad 179 143 36
9
17 8 Eoghan Brophy There's Always A Chance 179 141 38
10
10 0 Kyle Dixon DDRH 179 146 33
11
23 12 Robert Lavelle Herbert's U12s 179 136 43
12
6 -6 Sean Cooke Oh Bradley Said 178 151 27
13
22 9 Gearoid O'Dubhghusa FIAR X 2 175 137 38
14
18 4 Gary Parsons TFTES 173 141 32
15
9 -6 Paul Murphy Oh Bradley Said 173 147 26
16
11 -5 Cillian O'Reilly Dublinsgreenandwhite 172 145 27
17
13 -4 Neil Walsh The Bradley Babes 172 145 27
18
8 -10 Carl Toner Super Doc 168 147 21
19
7 -12 Brian Cunningham Lucy's Hoops 165 149 16
20
36 16 Darragh Kenny Fitzer's Green and White Army 165 124 41
21
26 5 Tommy Hamill Omeath Allstars 165 134 31
22
27 5 Donal Dowling Broadford Rovers 163 131 32
23
24 1 Caroline Carroll Carrie's Crusaders 161 135 26
24
19 -5 Graham Merrigan Ballybrack Rovers 161 140 21
25
12 -13 Jason Shanahan Ashford Academical 161 145 16
26
29 3 Eamonn Gallagher Gally's Hoops 160 127 33
27
25 -2 Ger Coppinger Cleveland Hoops 160 134 26
28
21 -7 Tony McNamee Swilly Rovers 160 139 21
29
30 1 Daire Murphy Vancouver Hoop 159 126 33
30
34 4 Tommy Tormey The Four Fs 157 125 32
31
28 -3 Stephen Caffrey Killy Hoops 156 130 26
32
35 3 Alan O'Brien ChampagneSuperRovers 155 124 31
33
38 5 David King Clane Hoops 155 119 36
34
20 -14 Kevin Murphy Forrester's Finest 155 139 16
35
53 18 Terry Haide Leitis Pohls Steacy 154 110 44
36
49 13 Gary Fitzpatrick No. 5 In A Row 153 111 42
37
65 28 Kevin McQuaide The Hairy Bowsies 152 104 48
38
62 24 Luke Hogan Sallins Rovers 152 105 47
39
33 -6 Paul Moore The Problem Child Done Good! 152 125 27
40
42 2 Brian Mason Warsaw Hoops 151 115 36
41
32 -9 Niall Carroll Yellow Bellies 151 125 26
42
43 1 Brian Boyle Slatterys Own 150 114 36
43
31 -12 John Brophy Back To Back Carrig FC 150 125 25
44
37 -7 Sean Judd Mary Green and White Army 150 122 28
45 40 -5 Shane Coughlan Shane Lad Rovers 150 119 31
46 52 6 Joe Turner Gary Dempsey's Lonely Hearts Club Band 146 110 36
47 54 7 Trevor Rankin Super Hoops 146 110 36
48 64 16 Derek Clayton IGBC FC 145 104 41
49 44 -5 James Keville Saints On A Train 145 114 31
50 39 -11 James Larmon Larmon's Eleven 145 119 26
51 68 17 Daniel Dorrian Donegallad97 143 102 41
52 60 8 Darren McDonald Lucan Hoops 142 107 35
53 79 26 Alan Rochford Hooper Special 141 90 51
54 51 -3 James Cooke Aylesbury Hoops 141 110 31
55 45 -10 Joshua Coulahan SPAFC1929 140 114 26
56 41 -15 Richard Johnston Daffodil Divers 140 118 22
57 48 -9 David Doyle AFC Whitechurch 138 111 27
58 50 -8 Shane McCormack Up The Pohls 138 111 27
59 56 -3 Jason Maloney Time Out Hoops 137 109 28
60 67 7 Paul Gallagher Rizla Rovers 137 103 34
61 70 9 Eamonn McConville Nosferahoop 136 100 36
62 55 -7 Andy Dunne Maureen O'Hara Rovers 135 109 26
63 47 -16 Dylan Weldon Shamrock Rovers B 135 112 23
64 57 -7 Kevin Nolan New Stadiums Please 135 109 26
65 46 -19 Luke Gallagher Dundalk's Europa League Money 135 114 21
66 58 -8 Stephen O'Gorman FC Yukichan 135 109 26
67 74 7 James Connolly SRFC Four'midable 132 99 33
68 69 1 David O'Malley The Ramdeuters 131 100 31
69 71 2 Kevin McGlone Milltown Magic 131 100 31
70 73 3 Greg Donaghy Champagne Super Rovers 130 99 31
71 59 -12 Pat Mitchell Champagne Football 130 108 22
72 61 -11 Stan Tormey Tadgh Purcell's Giant Leap 129 107 22
73 77 4 Gavin Doherty D12 Shels 128 97 31
74 63 -11 Vincent Sweeney SouthStandTadg 126 105 21
75 72 -3 Craig Whelan Jon Daly's Men 125 99 26
76 82 6 Jimmy Maguire Jimmy's Jewels 125 84 41
77 66 -11 Keith Ryan The Racing Rabbits 124 103 21
78 80 2 Gerry Draper Everton10 121 90 31
79 78 -1 Gerry Moore Sligobourne 120 93 27
80 76 -4 Ross Williams Grace Almighty 118 98 20
81 81 0 Adam Byrne Champions Again Ole Ole 110 89 21
82 75 -7 Francis Gilligan Gorilla Glue # 4 - Let It Run All Over Me 110 98 12
83 83 0 Brian Dalton Mature Saints 107 82 25
84 84 0 Philip Rankin Steve's Stars 101 75 26
85 85 0 Gary Donnelly Rod de Whores 99 74 25
86 88 2 Bill Gleeson Gary Parson's Affiliate Link 85 62 23
87 86 -1 Danielle McGarry The Drive For Five 67 66 1
88 87 -1 Alan Leahy Alan's Allstars 65 64 1
89 89 0 Cian Cooke Mr Sheen FC 46 45 1
90 90 0 Rory Gilsenan Plastic Pitch Predators 46 45 1
91 91 0 Conor King Adama Hugandkiss 40 37 3