May 3rd to 8th - A great week for the reigning champions saw Shamrock Rovers move five points clear at the top of the table. A straightforward three-nil win at home to Waterford on Monday was followed by a trip to Inchicore on Saturday evening. St Pats took an early lead through Chris Forrester but Graham Burke ensured the sides went in level at the break. The game looked to be heading for a draw until Rovers kept up the habit of scoring late priceless goals. Danny Mandroiu, the best thing to come from Phibsboro to Tallaght since the Luas, struck a winner in the 91st minute to leave the Hoops five points clear of the hosts after ten games. A great end to a week in which they broke their own longstanding unbeaten league record.

Sligo are in third place after Jordan Gibson scored the only goal at Oriel Park on Friday night. That came after Liam Buckley's side had only been denied victory over St Patricks Athletic on Monday night after Ian Bermingham headed a very late equaliser at the Showgrounds on Monday evening. Dundalk had already dropped points earlier in the week - they needed to come from two goals down to earn a point at Longford on Monday and are now sixteen points behind the leaders. Pat Hoban was unavailable for comment afterwards ; )

Bohemians picked up four points in the week. They drew one-all at Drogheda but picked up their first home win of the season with a four-nil win at home to Finn Haprs on Saturday evening - Ali Coote scored twice in the first half in that one. A turbulent week for Waterford saw Kevin Sheedy and Mike Newell leave the club after that defeat at Shamrock Rovers. A Covid case in the first team squad saw them field an under 19 team against Drogheda on Saturday evening - a game which they lost seven-nil. Drogheda are now fifth in the table - Waterford are bottom of the table with just six points from their first ten games.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Ollie Horgan got the better of Ruairi Higgins in the North West Derby on Monday night - Adam Foley's winner, his fifth goal of the season came in the last minute. The Candystripes did manage to pick up a point on Friday though when they came from behind to earn a draw with Longford.

The First Division was no less dramatic - two unbeaten teams remain and share the lead on fifteen points. UCD are top on goal difference after the Students came from two down to end Treaty United's unbeaten record at the UCD Bowl. Shelbourne picked up an important three points with a one-nil win over Athlone Town courtesy of a Ryan Brennan winner.

Mitchell Byrne's last minute goal for Cabinteely saw them climb to fourth in the table, beating Cobh Ramblers one-nil at Stradbrook. Gary Shaw scored an injury time winner for Bray - their first one of the season - as they beat Galway two-one. Cork picked up their second win of the season - they scored five without reply against hapless Wexford. They've lost all seven games this season, scoring just two goals and conceding twenty.

The first leaderboard for May sees Davy Doyle lead the way on 97 points. He's ten points clear of Adam O'Callaghan in second place. Fiachra O'Brolachain is in third place, a further thirteen points back. Keith Ryan and James Connolly share fourth place - full details below:

 


May 14th and 15th - Shamrock Rovers remain five points clear at the top of the table despite a one-all draw at home to Derry City. The Candystrips went ahead early in the second half from a Will Patching penalty. However, the champions struck back with a Rory Gaffney equaliser to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Both sides finished with ten men - Sean Hoare was sent off the for the Hoops with Dan Lafferty seeing red against his former side in injury time.

St Patrick's Athletic fell to their second defeat of the week. They lost three-one at Drogheda who are now fourth in the table. Waterford were unable to fulfil their fixture at Sligo Rovers who will climb to second in the table with confirmation of a three-nil walkover. Before you ask, I've null and voided that game from the competition.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, things are looking a lot better for Bohemians. They picked up their second consecutive win with a two-nil win at Longford with goals from Liam Burt and Alistair Coote. Dundalk had to come from behind to earn a point at Finn Harps - Barry McNamee opened the scoring for the hosts but Ole Erik Midskogen, from Ardee, earned a point for the managerless side who are now sixteen points off the lead.

In the first division, Shelbourne are not out on their own at the top of the table. They came from a goal down in Cobh to win two-one - Ryan Brennan's fourth league goal of the season with ten minutes to go proved to be the winner in that won. UCD and Cork City failed to muster a goal between them as the Students fell two points behind the leaders. Treaty United moved level on points with third placed Athlone after Jack Lynch scored the only goal in that game. Bray won the N11 Derby, beating Cabinteely three-nil at the Carlisle Grounds. Wexford hearts were broken by an injury time winner for Galway in their game.

David Doyle leads the May competition for a second week. He now has a sixteen point lead over Fiachra O'Brolachain who has swapped places with Adam O'Callaghan this weekend. The top is completed by Connor Edwards and Gary Donnelly (who picked up an excellent 52 point this week). Full details below:

 


May 21st - Shamrock Rovers' long unbeaten run came to an end after 33 games with defeat at Oriel Park. Dundalk's goals came from Patrick McEleney and Daniel Kelly with Joey O'Brien equalising inbetween. It was a tight game with the Hoops hitting the woodwork three times and Aaron Greene missing a great chance to equalise late on. Dundalk will get a huge boost from a hard-fought three points but still remain thirteen points behind the leaders.

Sligo Rovers took the chance to move to within two points of the leaders. They beat Longford two-nil at the Showgrounds and can go top if they win in Tallaght on Monday night. St Patricks Athletic remain third in the table - there was penalty drama at Richmond Park. Dawson Devoy thought he had earned a point for Bohs with his spot kick in the last couple of minutes. However, Robbie Benson converted an injury time penalty to give Stephen O'Donnell's side all three points.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Waterford were able to field a team but lost one-nil at home to Derry following Ronan Boyce's fourth minute strike. There was late heartbreak for Finn Harps as Dane Massey curled home an injury time free kick to give fourth placed Drogheda all three points at Finn Park.

In the first division, Shelbourne are five points clear and the only unbeaten team after a three-one win at home to UCD. Ryan Brennan scored twice in that one to take his tally for the season to six. Athlone Town's recent poor run came to an end as they came from behind to beat Cobh Ramblers two-one. Cabinteely are fourth after a two-one win at home to Treaty United. Kieran Marty Waters got off the mark for the season in that one. Bray Wanderers won for the third game in a row - Joe Doyle scored the only goal in Wexford as the hosts are now nine defeats from nine this season. The points were shared in Turners Cross as Galway United and Cork City drew one-all in the Caulfield Derby.

David Doyle remains in first place in the May competition but his lead has been cut to just three points by Conor O'Sullivan who scored an excellent sixty points on Friday night. Connor Edwards has climed one spot to third place with Fiachra O'Brolachain and Gary Donnelly completing the top five. Full details below:

 


Where's Phil Leotardo when you need him?

May 28th and 29th - It's Sligo Rovers who top the table heading into the two week break. Two great away wins on the road this week sent them to the top of the table. Romeo Parkes scored the only goal of the game at Tallaght on Monday night as Liam Buckley's side went top. They followed that up with a hard fought two-one win in the North West Derby on Friday night at Finn Harps. Romeo Parkes scored again in that one and subsequently got sent off in what was an eventful week for him.

There was a feeling of deja vu at Bishopsgate on Saturday evening as Shamrock Rovers scored another injury time winner against unlucky Longford. Rory Gaffney, the Ginger Pele, shot home a 95th winner to ensure there's only a point between the two Rovers at the top of the table.

St Patricks Athletic have dropped six points behind the leaders. A two-all draw in Derry on Monday night was followed by a two-nil defeat at home to Dundalk on Friday night. The inconsistency of the Lilywhite's season was illustrated by a five-one defeat at Bohemians on Monday night. Georgie Kelly was the hero for the home side in that one, scoring a hat-trick against his former employers.

Bohemians picked up another three points at home to Waterford on Saturday evening with a three-nil win. Keith Long's side are up to fifth in the table now. The weekend's other game saw Derry win two-one at Drogheda courtesy of two Will Patching free kicks.

Shelbourne continue to set the pace at the top of the first division. They beat Galway United four-nil at Tolka Park on Friday night and remain the only unbeaten side in the country. UCD had to come from two goals at Athlone to win three-two. Mark Dignam scored an injury time winner in a game where both sides finished with ten men. Wexford finally picked up their first points of the season with a surprise two-nil win at Cabinteely. Treaty United are fourth after two late goals in a win at home to Bray. Finally, Cobh Ramblers hold the bragging rights in Cork after a one-nil win in the derby.

A 62 point haul from the final week's games saw Tom Keane move from seventh to first in the monthly standings and steal the May prize. He had eight points to spare over Connor Edwards in second place. James Connolly was next best, finishing eleven points off the lead. The top five for May was completed by Conor O'Sullivan and Gary Donnelly. Full details below:

 



The Greatest League - May 2021 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
7
6
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
204
142
62


2
3
1
Connor Edwards
Ollie's At The Wheel
196
149
47
3
9
6
James Connolly
SRFC - Above Us Only Sky
193
137
56
4
2
-2
Conor O'Sullivan
Jus Cos
191
154
37
5
5
0
Gary Donnelly
Caboavista
191
146
45
6
10
4
Andy Dunne
Champagne Football FC
189
134
55
7
6
-1
Keith Ryan
Ifyourenotfirstyourelast
186
144
42
8
1
-7
David Doyle
Dublin Is Green And Whitechurch
184
157
27
9
8
-1
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
183
139
44
10
12
2
Cathal Thornton
Ollie Cahill's Cabal
182
132
50
11
4
-7
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Southstand Rovers II
178
146
32
12
11
-1
Eoin Scully
The View Locally
176
134
42
13
18
5
Niamh McGee
Bit O'Red
174
117
57
14
13
-1
Lisa Donnelly
Jeff Is King
172
130
42
15
17
2
Gerry Draper
Everton10
166
124
42
16
14
-2
Jason Thomas
Rovers Adler Champ
166
129
37
17
23
6
Darragh Kenny
The Good Guys
163
113
50
18
20
2
Tony McNamee
Football Special
161
116
45
19
16
-3
Sean O'Brien
The Rod Squad
160
125
35
20
15
-5
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
157
125
32
21
29
8
Niall Carroll
Mick's YellowBellies
157
107
50
22
26
4
Danielle Brady
There's Only One Keano
154
107
47
23
28
5
Karl Seale
StephenHawkingsFootballBoots
154
107
47
24
19
-5
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
153
116
37
25
30
5
Joe Turner
The Pursuit of Accidents
152
105
47
26
21
-5
Neil Walsh
Kimmage Hoops
152
115
37
27
22
-5
Sean O'Mairtin
From Mels To Milan
150
115
35
28
32
4
Gary Keating
Hery Bikers
148
100
48
29
25
-4
Adam O'Callaghan
AdamSRFC
144
107
37
30
35
5
Tommy Hamill
Omeath All-Stars
142
95
47
31
33
2
John Brophy
Must Do Better Than Eoghan Utd
141
97
44
32
31
-1
Caroline Carroll
The Seagulls
139
102
37
33
34
1
Jason Shanahan
Ashford Academical
139
95
44
34
43
9
Gearoid McIntyre
Cmon Townies
136
82
54
35
27
-8
Eoghan Brophy
Get Out Of The Graveyard
134
107
27
36
36
0
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
132
92
40
37
42
5
Gary McGurk
The Rod Squad
131
84
47
38
39
1
Sean Keane
Hoops1825
131
89
42
39
38
-1
David Moran
Burt and Hery
127
90
37
40
44
4
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
127
80
47
41
24
-17
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
122
110
12
42
40
-2
Sean Taylor
Giovagnoli's Faroese Army
119
87
32
43
46
3
Gerry Moore
Sligobourne United
114
72
42
44
41
-3
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Cubs
111
84
27
45
45
0
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
106
76
30
46
37
-9
James Bull
Dublin County FC
91
91
0
47
47
0
Eoghan Farrelly
89th Minute
51
49
2
48
48
0
James Callan
Up Our Road
46
44
2
49
49
0
Brian Greene
Seabass And The Boys
41
39
2
50
50
0
Bobby Casserley
Woodview Rovers FC
39
37
2
51
51
0
Richard Johnston
As Thick As Tock
28
20
8
52
53
1
Brian O'Toole
The Saints Are Coming
2
0
2
53
52
-1
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
2
2
0