May 1st - Friday night's big game in Tallaght will be a clash between first and second in the table after Monday night's games. Bohemians got over their setback in Belfield by hitting Cork City for five at Dalymount Park. Ali Coote scored twice in a minute to add gloss to the scoreline late on. The leaders will face Shamrock Rovers fresh from a two-nil win in Derry. Richie Towell opened the scoring and Jack Byrne scored the second in the last minute of the first half. There was time late on for sub keeper Leon Pohls to save a penalty from Ben Doherty as the champions reminded everyone that they are very much back in the title race.

The natives are getting restless in Inchicore once more. St Patricks Athletic's recent good run seems a distant memory as they lost a third game in a row. the league's leading scorer, Max Mata, headed home the only goal as Sligo Rovers left Dublin 8 with all three points. Dundalk are up to fourth in the table - they picked up three points in Belfield, winning by two goals to nil. Monday's final game ended in a one-all draw between Drogheda and Shelbourne - Freddie Draper's opener for the hosts was cancelled out by Evan Caffrey's equaliser.

The top two suffered surprise defeats in the first division. Galway's 100 per cent run came to an end when they lost one-nil in Longford. It was the same scoreline in Waterford where Aaron Dobbs scored the only goal as Wexford picked up a very valuable three points.

Athlone Town remain third after an excellent four-one win at Finn Harps. It was the same scoreline in Cobh where Shane Keegan's side beat Kerry. Treaty United ended an excellent weekend with their second victory - they won three-nil at Bray Wanderers.

Despite a couple of surprise results today, Caroline Carroll picked up 35 points to take an early lead in May. Three people share second place on 31 points - Gary Parsons (who'll no doubt give it a mention on the excellent Tales From The East Stand podcast this week!), Kevin McQuaide and Philip Rankin. Seven people follow on 30 points - you can see the full details below:


May 5th and 6th - Just three points separate the top three in the Premier Division after Friday night's games. For the second time in four weeks, Shamrock Rovers defeated Bohemians by two goals to nil. Both goals came in the second half - Trevor Clarke's third goal of the season broke the deadlock before Rory Gaffney came off the bench to seal the victory late on. Bohemians lead is now down to a point. They host Derry City next week who picked up a one-nil win at Drogheda courtesy of Adam O'Reilly's goal.

Four of you correctly predicted that Tim Clancy would be first to leave his post this season. His former St Patricks Athletic side picked up three points at another managerless side, Cork City, after Colin Healy also departed this week. Adam Murphy scored the winner in the last ten minutes at Turners Crossas the Inchicore side won by three goals to two.

Shane Griffin's goal was enough to give Shelbourne a one-nil win at home to UCD - the Tolka Park side have been quietly going about their business and were fourth in the table on Friday night. Keith Ward's late winner in Sligo on Saturday night ensured Dundalk replaced Shelbourne in fourth spot. The Louth side won that game by a goal to nil.

The big game in the First Division saw Galway United get the better of Waterford by two goals to one. Goals from Edward McCarthy and David Hurley were enough for the leaders to open up a ten point lead at the top of the table. Cobh Ramblers are third in the table after a four-one win at home to Finn Harps.

Athlone are fourth in the table despite a two-one defeat at Treaty United. That was the third win on the bounce for the Limerick side. Things are tighter below that - just three points separate Bray in fifth place from Finn Harps in ninth. The Wicklow side left Wexford with a point after Dane Massey equalised Matthew Dunne's opener. Longford won three-two in Kerry to record their third win of the season.

Last season's overall winner, Joseph Kavanagh, picked up 71 points this week to move to the top of the May leaderboard. He's four points clear of Gary Parsons in second place. Shane Coughlan was this week's top scorer with 73 points - he's third in the table now. Paul Moore and Philip Rankin complete the top five for May so far:


May 12th and 13th - Shamrock Rovers went top of the table for the first time this season after a three-nil win at UCD. Trevor Clarke's fourth goal of the season had the Hoops ahead at half time. Aaron Greene added the second early in the second half. An own goal then put the gloss on a solid away performance for Stephen Bradley's side. Bohemians lost one-nil at home to Derry City to surrender top spot. Grant Horton was sent off early on before Ryan Graydon scored the only goal of the game at Dalymount. Derry and Bohs are now two points behind Rovers with all teams having played fifteen games each.

Dundalk are in fourth place after a dramatic night in Oriel Park. Cork looked to be heading towards a much needed victory leading one-nil on 90 minutes. However, two injury time goals from Elliott and Hoban turned the scoreline on its head as the Louth side snatched the three points from the Leesiders who ended up with nine men. Shelbourne are in fifth spot after a successful trip to Sligo on Saturday night. Jack Moylan scored a hat-trick as Damien Duff's side recorded a three-nil victory. St Patricks Athletic picked up their second win since Tim Clancy's departure. All the goals came in the final ten minutes - Jason McClelland opened the scoring with Chris Forrester adding two in injury time.

In the first division Galway continued their promotion push. They beat Wexford two-nil to maintain a ten point lead at the top. Waterford scored five without reply at home to Cobh Ramblers. Ronan Coughlan scored another in that one - that's sixteen now for the first division's top scorer.

Bray Wanderers are up to fourth - they beat Finn Harps two-nil at the Carlisle Grounds with goals from Dane Massey and Harry Groome. Treaty United won their fourth game in a row when they beat Longford Town three-nil on Saturday night. The final word this week goes to Kerry FC who picked up their first win of the season at the fourteenth attempt. They won three-two at Athlone Town with Ryan Kelliher the hero, scoring twice for Billy Dennehy's side.

Ahead of Monday night's meeting in Tallaght, it's a St Patricks Athletic versus Shamrock Rovers one-two at the top of the leaderboard. Joseph Kavanagh holds a two point lead over Gary Parsons in second place. Shane Coughlan remains in third place, thirteen points off the lead. Caroline Carroll and Christopher Uzell are the two new entries in the top ten this week - full details below:


May 19th - Two home wins in the week were enough for Derry City to regain top spot. They beat Dundalk three-nil on Monday night and followed that up with a four-one win at home to UCD on Friday night. Shamrock Rovers' long winning run came to an end when their Drogheda bogey struck once again - Kevin Doherty's side were good value for their two-one win in Tallaght on Friday night. Goals from Freddie Draper and Dayle Rooney had the Drogs two up before Rory Gaffney pulled a goal back for a lacklustre Rovers. The Candystripes now lead the way by a point.

Two second half goals saw Bohemians recover to earn a point against Dundalk. The Louth side lead two-nil at half-time with a goal from Pat Hoban and an own goal from James Talbot. Declan McDaid started the fightback which was completed by Kris Nowak in the last minute. St Patricks Athletic recovered from defeat on Monday night to beat Shelbourne one-nil on Friday - Sam Curtis headed home the winner in the second half. The final game in the Premier Division saw Cork City pick up their third win of the season. Ruairi Keating scored the only goal at Turners Cross as Sligo Rovers were beaten one-nil.

The top two in the first division continued to pull clear of the rest with victories on the road on Friday night. Galway have still only dropped three points all season - they won three-nil at Treaty United. Waterford went one better, scoring four without reply at Finn Harps.

Bray Wanderers are now third in the table - Harry Groome and Ben Feeney scored the goals as they won two-nil in Kerry. The points were shared in Cobh as Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town drew two-all. Longford are up to seventh in the table after winning three-nil at Wexford.

Last week's leader, Joseph Kavanagh, was this week's top scorer with 54 points. That means, with just next weekend's to go, he has a fourteen point lead in the monthly competition for May. There are no changes in the next three places with Gary Parsons, Shane Coughlan and Kevin Nolan still occupying second, third and fourth places. Christopher Uzell, Keith Ryan and Paul Moore all share fifth place - full details below:


May 26th and 27th - None of the top three in the Premier Division won this weekend, indeed they couldn't muster a goal between them. However, it was the officials who were making the headlines again as the May contest came to an end. Sean Grant sent off three Shamrock Rovers players in Cork - Richie Towell, Johnny Kenny and Sean Hoare all saw red before the hour mark in Turners Cross. It still took Cork City until the 85th minute to make the breakthrough though - Ruairi Keating netting from six yards out to finally break the resistance of the eight men. Grant has now sent off five Hoops this season adding to the two in Drogheda early on in the season. Draw your own conclusions on that one...

Thankfully for Rovers, Derry City slumped to a one-nil defeat in Sligo on Saturday night. The only goal came early on when Will Fitzgerald scored for the home side. There was also a controversial red card in that one with the home side reduced to ten in the second half - they held out for a big three points though after their recent run of defeats.

Another side that ended up with ten men but still won were St Patricks Athletic. They beat Dundalk two-one thanks to Conor Coarty's late winner - Jake Mulraney was sent off for the home side after reacting to being put in a headlock by a Dundalk player! For all the internal problems at Inchicore this season, Pats are now only five points off the lead with leaders Derry visiting on Monday week for a bank holiday game.

Drogheda followed up their win in Tallaght last week with a three-one win at home to UCD - Freddie Draper scored twice in that one. The Students are now nine points adrift at the bottom of the table. The match between Bohemians and Shelbourne finished scoreless at Dalymount. Bohemians now have a match in hand on the top two and could move to within a point of top spot if they win that.

Galway stretched their lead in the first division to twelve points. They beat Athlone Town by three goals to one - Waterford lost ground on Saturday night when they were held to a scoreless draw in Longford. The points were also shared in Bray where the home side and Cobh Ramblers played out an entertaining two-all draw. They remain in third and fourth place respectively.

Kerry came back to earth with a bump after their win in Athlone last week - they conceded six without reply at home to Wexford - Aaron Dobbs scored four in that one to make it nine for the season for him. Finn Harps rounded off the action with a three-nil win away to Treaty United - that win was just their fourth win of the season so far.

Joseph Kavanagh's score of 225 points was enough for him to win the May monthly prize. He had a margin of thirteen points over Gary Parsons in second place. Shane Coughlan finished third with Christopher Uzell and Keith Ryan ending up joint fourth a further four points back - full details below:


The Greatest League - May 2023 Leaderboard
Lst Chg
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1 0 Joseph Kavanagh Cherry Orchard Thieves 225 200 25

2 0 Gary Parsons TFTES 212 186 26
3 0 Shane Coughlan Shane Lad Rovers 1.0 194 174 20
5 1 Christopher Uzell Heavey's Heroes 190 155 35
6 1 Keith Ryan He's Gone, Yup Ian Ryan 190 155 35
4 -2 Kevin Nolan Team Gilzean 184 159 25
14 7 Gary Fitzpatrick Devolution 177 145 32
9 1 Daniel Dorrian Donegallad97 175 150 25
7 -2 Paul Moore JD Sports A Wig 175 155 20
11 1 David Doyle Dublin Is Green and Whitechurch 174 149 25
13 2 Trevor Rankin I'm Not Finn-ished 174 149 25
10 -2 Francis Gilligan Yes, I Think To Myself 170 150 20
23 10 Brian Boyle Komodo Reds 169 134 35
12 -2 Niall Carroll Yellow Bellies 169 149 20
16 1 Stan Tormey Inter Stan 169 144 25
17 1 Tony McNamee Swilly Rovers 169 144 25
15 -2 James Connolly FC Igghh 166 144 22
18 0 Neil Walsh Bradley's Babes 165 140 25
8 -11 Caroline Carroll Seagulls 164 154 10
28 8 Conor King Yurt City 164 129 35
21 0 John Brophy Never Going To Beat Eoghan 163 138 25
31 9 Gerry Moore Sligobourne Reds 161 126 35
34 11 Shane McCormack Forty Four In A Row 160 125 35
22 -2 Conor Claxton Everyone Hates A Bohs Hipster 159 136 23
20 -5 Eoghan Brophy Little Ol Shels 155 139 16
24 -2 Kevin McQuaide The Longford Langers 153 132 21
19 -8 Philip Rankin Stevo's Stars 153 140 13
39 11 Gary Donnelly One Bray Or Another 152 120 32
25 -4 Andy Dunne Phoenix Park Rangers 150 130 20
37 7 Brian Cunningham Dermot Keely Cannae Count 150 120 30
27 -4 Rob Gaffney Fiorentina Turner 150 130 20
29 -3 Derek McDonald The Auld Reds 149 129 20
32 -1 Craig Whelan Saints 1929 147 125 22
41 7 Daniel Murphy 4 In A Row 144 119 25
30 -5 Tommy Hamill Omeath All-Stars 144 129 15
38 2 Darragh Kenny Four In A Row 140 120 20
42 5 Darragh Moriarty Moriparty FC 140 117 23
40 2 Gerry Draper Everton10 140 120 20
44 5 Jack Duffy Bohs Massive 140 115 25
33 -7 Joe Turner McLaughlin's Aces 140 125 15
36 -5 Fiachra O'Brolachain Borough Hoops 134 124 10
46 4 Jake Murphy 4 In A Row 134 104 30
45 2 Gary McGurk Goose Green Mafia 131 104 27
43 -1 Gavin Doherty D12 Shels 130 115 15
45 26 -19 James Keville Inchicore Draw 130 130 0
46 35 -11 Danielle McGarry Shamrock Rovers 126 124 2
47 48 1 Senan Slattery Clooney-Quin On Top 108 78 30
48 47 -1 Tommy Tormey The Four Fs 105 90 15
49 49 0 Gary Keating Say It With Flores 14 14 0
50 50 0 Gearoid McIntyre 3 Little Martletts 14 14 0
51 51 0 Richard Johnston Turnip Heads 14 11 3
52 52 0 Shane Langan Asbohs 14 11 3
53 53 0 Michael De Verdier Pelletstown Rovers FC 10 10 0
54 54 0 Sean McLean Watts Happening 10 10 0