May 3rd - A busy bank holiday weekend kicked off with a full programme of games in the top division. Three of the games in the Premier Division ended all square. The big game of the night saw Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers draw one-all in Dalymount. The hosts went ahead through Filip Pisczek but Johnny Kenny's fifth goal of the season levelled things up before half time. Neither side could find a winner in the second half - Rovers will be encouraged by second half substitute appearances by Jack Byrne and Neil Farrugia.

Leaders Shelbourne left Dundalk with a point after a nil-all draw - Noel King remains unbeaten so far. It also finished scoreless at Eamonn Deacy Park where Galway United took points off Derry City for the second time this season. Ruairi Keating's third goal of the season was enough for St Patricks Athletic to beat Drogheda. In a night of just four goals in the top division, Waterford picked up another good three points on the road. In a game where the kick off was delayed due to issues with the pitch, Christie Pattisson's goal just after half time saw Keith Long's side move five points clear of the relegation zone.

The Cork City juggernaut kept on rumbling in the first division. A one-nil victory saw them negotiate a tricky looking trip to Kerry. An Evan McLaughlin penalty inside ten minutes saw the leaders maintain their seven point lead at the top of the table. UCD won by the same score at home to Longford - Jake Doyle scored the only goal in the first half in that one.

Bray Wanderers recent winning run came to an end. They took the lead in Cobh but ended up losing two-one - Dale Holland scored the winner for the home side. Finn Harps are third in the table after a one-nil win at home to Treaty United. Wexford coughed up a two goal lead at home to Athlone Town and had to settle for a point after a two-all draw.

Our early leaderboard for May sees Stephen Caffrey lead the way on 51 points. Four players share second place just three points behind - Alan O'Brien, Brian Boyle and Cillian O'Reilly. Gerry Moore completes the top five below:

 


May 6th to 10th - Shelbourne, somehow, retain top spot despite two draws this week. They needed Sean Boyd equalisers to earn one-all draws at Derry and at home to Drogheda to remain ahead of the chasing pack. Derry City are just one point behind in second place - they recorded a one-nil win at home to Bohemians on Friday night with Michael Duffy scoring the winner inside the last five minutes.

Shamrock Rovers will be disappointed to have picked up just one point from two home games this week. Waterford recorded another great away victory when they won three-one in Tallaght on Monday evening. The same night was Jon Daly's last game in charge of St Patricks Athletic as he received his P45 following defeat at Sligo. The Inchicore side did pick up a point on Friday though, playing out an entertaining two-all draw with the champions. They came from behind twice to earn a point - goals from Luke Turner and Mason Melia cancelling out efforts from Aaron Greene and Dan Cleary.

Waterford's second win of the week saw them hammer Dundalk four-one on Friday night. Maleace Asamoah scored a hat-trick as Keith Long's side climbed to fourth in the table. Dundalk were without first choice keeper George Shelvey who received a ten-match ban following his red card at the end of de Town's defeat to Drogheda on Monday. Galway United are fifth in the standings - they won one-nil at Bohemians on Monday and drew with Sligo on Friday. The Tribesmen's fifteen games this season have yielded just fifteen goals in total.

Cork City's lead at the top of the first division is eight points. They dropped points for just the fourth time this season when held by Wexford on Monday. They had more joy on Friday though, scoring three without reply at Cobh Ramblers to win the Leeside Derby. UCD remain second in the table despite a surprise defeat home to Cobh on Monday. They survived a tough game in Kerry on Friday night, winning two-one despite finishing with ten men.

Athlone Town have climbed to third in the table after two wins this week - one-nil at Treaty United and two-one at home to Bray Wanderers. The Wicklow side remain in the playoffs having beaten Finn Harps one-nil earlier in the week.

Longford Town recorded their first victory of the season on Monday night beating Kerry two-one. They weren't able to make it two in a row though, losing by the odd goal in five at Finn Harps on Friday night. A late equaliser at Treaty United earned Wexford their second away draw of the week. If they win their game in hand they'll climb to fourth in the table.

Gerry Moore leads the May competition with a score so far of 114 points. He's three points clear of Stan Tormey in second place. A pair of Dereks, Clayton and McDonald, share third place on 107 points with Eoghan Brophy completing the top five so far - full details below:

 

 


May 17th & 18th - Sean Boyd was the man on the spot again as he scored a late winner for Shelbourne at home to Waterford. His fifth goal of the season enabled Damien Duff's side to maintain their one point lead at the top of the table. The media focus was all on Richmond Park where Stephen Kenny made his bow as St Patricks Athletic manager. Paul McMullan spoiled the party though, scoring a winner with just fifteen minutes to go. Interviewed afterwards, Kenny said it just like being back in the Ireland job, losing one-nil to a late goal against a foreign side. Brian Kerr was unavailable for comment.

Shamrock Rovers's bid for five in a row suffered a hammer blow at Oriel Park. John Mountney scored an injury time winner for managerless Dundalk following Noel King's departure earlier in the week. That was just Dundalk's second win of the season. Rovers host Derry and Shelbourne over the next week needing two wins to stay in the title race having fallen six points behind the leaders after that defeat.

There was also late drama down the M1 in Drogheda. The hosts lead two-one going into injury time but late goals from Maurice Nugent and Stephen Walsh saw Galway leave with three points. John Caulfield's side are now fourth in the table with a chance to go third if they win their game in hand. Friday's final game in the top division saw Bohemians canter to a three-nil win in Sligo. Goals from Clarke, Keita and Rooney saw Alan Reynolds' side climb into the top half of the table.

Cork City's three-one win at Bray saw the Leesiders open up a ten point lead in the first division. Cian Bargery scored twice as the leaders went in at half time three goals ahead before the hosts pulled one back. Second placed UCD had to settle for a share of the points after a six-goal thriller with Finn Harps at the UCD Bowl. Success Edogan looked to have won it for the visitors with his second goal of the game but Eanna Clancy earned a point for the Students in injury time.

Wexford moved back into the playoff spots. Tomas Oluwa opened the scoring in their two-nil win at home to Kerry. The other games in the division ended in one-all draws - ten man Treaty United left Cobh with a point and Emmanuel James came off the bench to earn Longford Town a point at home to Athlone Town in the El Culchieco derby.

Eoghan Brophy is the latest person to lead the monthly competition. He picked up 43 points this week to move into first place, two points ahead of Stan Tormey. Bill Gleeson has moved upto third. Derek Clayton and Paul Moore complete the top five - full details below:

 

 


May 24th - If Shelbourne go on to win the title then they'll look back on this week as a pivotal one after recording two huge away wins. On Monday night they won two-one at St Patricks Athletic - Evan Caffrey scoring the winner in the 96th minute. On Friday night two Will Jarvis penalties saw Damien Duff's side win in Tallaght for the first time in the league since 2005. To compound the misery for Shamrock Rovers, Pico Lopes was booked in giving away both challenges with the champions also losing Dan Cleary, Josh Honohan and Trevor Clarke to injuries before half-time.

Shelbourne's lead over second placed Derry City is now six points. Derry lost one-nil in Tallaght on Monday night. They then needed to come from behind twice on Friday night to earn a point at home to Sligo Rovers. Once again, it looks like dropped points at home could be Derry's undoing this season.

Galway United's strong return to the top division continued with a two-nil win at home to bottom side Dundalk. Jon Daly, newly installed as manager at Oriel Park, watched on as his team remained rooted to the bottom of the table. The other side from County Louth lost to the other promoted team - Padraig Amond scoring a hat-trick in Waterford's four-two win at home to Drogheda United on Thursday night. Stephen Kenny's first point since returning to club football came at Dalymount on Friday night after a two-all draw. St Patricks Athletic looked to be heading to a win until Danny Grant equalised on 96 minutes for Bohemians.

Cork City dropped points at home to Treaty United after a one-all draw. The first division leaders remain ten points clear of the chasing pack - second placed UCD had to come from two goals down to earn a point at third placed Athlone Town.

Wexford remain in fourth place despite losing two-one at home to Bray Wanderers. The Wicklow side recorded a win in their first game after Ian Ryan's departure and are a point behind fifth placed Finn Harps who slipped to a surprise defeat in Kerry. Saturday night's game between Longford Town and Cobh Ramblers finished goalless.

We have a new leader in the May competition - with just Friday night's games to go, one of our resident Shelbourne fans, Derek McDonald, has a seven point lead. Last week's leader, Eoghan Brophy (another Shelbourne fan ffs) is in second place. Bill Gleeson remains in third place followed by father-and-son combo Gerry and Paul Moore who complete the top five - full details below:

 

 


May 31st - The inconsistency in the Premier Division continued on the final day in May. Shelbourne slipped to an unexpected defeat losing two-one at home to Sligo Rovers. Goals from Kailin Barlow and Fabrice Hartmann condemned Damien Duff's side to their third league defeat of the season - their first since mid-April. Shelbourne still have a five point lead at the top of the table though as Derry City could only win a point at Dundalk. Jon Daly's first match in charge saw his new team pick up a hard earned point after a scoreless draw.

Shamrock Rovers moved to within six points of the leaders - two quick goals at the start of the second half from Johnny Kenny and Graham Burke were enough to see off the challenge of Drogheda United at Weavers Park. Waterford climbed to fourth in the table after victory over Bohemians. Padraig Amond scored the winner in the final quarter as Keith Long beat his former side for the second time this season.

Stephen Kenny tasted victory as St Patricks Athletic manager for the first time - the Inchicore side beat Galway United two-one at Richmond Park thanks to goals from Mason Melia and Adam Nolan (two minutes from time...)

The five games in the first division produced just four goals. One of those came in Athlone were Cork City's unbeaten record went as Jamar Campion-Hinds scored early on in Lissywoollen. Athlone are now level on points with second placed UCD - the Students were held scoreless by Bray Wanderers at the UCD Bowl on Friday night. The Wicklow side now hold the final place in the play offs at the halfway point of the season.

Wexford's one-nil defeat at Finn Harps saw James Keddy's side drop outside the playoff places on goal difference. The two remaining games in the first division also ended in one-nil wins for the home sides - Cobh Ramblers beating Kerry and Treaty United seeing off the challenge of Longford Town.

The May competition ended with two Shelbourne fans sharing top spot - Derek McDonald and Eoghan Brophy both ending up on 216 points. Another of the Tolka Park faithful, Gavin Doherty, finished in third place. Paul Moore and Gerry Moore completed the top five in a month where just five points separated first place from fifth:

 

 


The Greatest League - May 2024 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1 0 Derek McDonald He's In Your Head 216 186 30


2
2 0 Eoghan Brophy There's Always A Chance 216 179 37
3
7 4 Gavin Doherty D12 Shels 215 163 52
4
5 1 Paul Moore The Problem Child Done Good! 213 168 45
5
4 -1 Gerry Moore Sligobourne 211 168 43
6
12 6 Tony McNamee Swilly Rovers 206 161 45
7
3 -4 Bill Gleeson Gary Parson's Affiliate Link 204 170 34
8
8 0 Stan Tormey Tadgh Purcell's Giant Leap 204 163 41
9
43 34 Alan O'Brien ChampagneSuperRovers 198 136 62
10
9 -1 John Brophy Back To Back Carrig FC 197 162 35
11
11 0 Caroline Carroll Carrie's Crusaders 196 161 35
12
17 5 Niall Hayden 404 Not Found 196 156 40
13
18 5 Robert Gaffney Fiorentina Turner 193 156 37
14
26 12 Philip Rankin Steve's Stars 191 151 40
15
34 19 Tommy Hamill Omeath Allstars 191 146 45
16
20 4 Cillian O'Reilly Dublinsgreenandwhite 188 153 35
17
25 8 Niall Carroll Yellow Bellies 188 151 37
18
33 15 Shane Coughlan Shane Lad Rovers 188 146 42
19
35 16 Sean Judd Mary Green and White Army 186 144 42
20
27 7 Andy Dunne Maureen O'Hara Rovers 185 150 35
21
22 1 Terry Haide Leitis Pohls Steacy 185 152 33
22
37 15 Eamonn Gallagher Gally's Hoops 184 142 42
23
41 18 Paul Gallagher Rizla Rovers 184 140 44
24
10 -14 Carl Toner Super Doc 183 161 22
25
23 -2 Brian Boyle Slatterys Own 181 151 30
26
15 -11 Gary Fitzpatrick No. 5 In A Row 181 156 25
27
32 5 Joseph Kavanagh CherryOrchardThieves 181 146 35
28
30 2 Trevor Rankin Super Hoops 181 149 32
29
28 -1 James Keville Saints On A Train 180 150 30
30
21 -9 Robert Lavelle Herbert's U12s 179 152 27
31
13 -18 Shane McCormack Up The Pohls 179 159 20
32
24 -8 Derek Clayton IGBC FC 178 151 27
33
29 -4 Tommy Tormey The Four Fs 175 150 25
34
42 8 James Cooke Aylesbury Hoops 174 139 35
35
14 -21 Darren McDonald Lucan Hoops 172 156 16
36
45 9 Joshua Coulahan SPAFC1929 172 135 37
37
60 23 Brian Dalton Mature Saints 171 119 52
38
64 26 Brian Mason Warsaw Hoops 171 114 57
39
39 0 Brian Cunningham Lucy's Hoops 168 141 27
40
59 19 Greg Donaghy Champagne Super Rovers 166 121 45
41
16 -25 Luke Gallagher Dundalk's Europa League Money 166 156 10
42
6 -36 Stephen Caffrey Killy Hoops 166 164 2
43
44 1 Daire Murphy Vancouver Hoop 163 135 28
44
49 5 Darragh Kenny Fitzer's Green and White Army 163 126 37
45 52 7 Jason Shanahan Ashford Academical 163 126 37
46 19 -27 Luke Hogan Sallins Rovers 163 155 8
47 55 8 Gearoid O'Dubhghusa FIAR X 2 162 125 37
48 53 5 Neil Walsh The Bradley Babes 161 126 35
49 40 -9 Ryan Mulvaney There's Only 1 Stephen Bradley 161 141 20
50 36 -14 Daniel Dorrian Donegallad97 160 143 17
51 31 -20 Conor Claxton Hoops Upside Your Head 159 148 11
52 50 -2 Gerry Draper Everton10 158 126 32
53 54 1 Sean Cooke Oh Bradley Said 156 126 30
54 47 -7 Conor O'Neill Conrad 155 129 26
55 66 11 David King Clane Hoops 155 113 42
56 61 5 Joe Turner Gary Dempsey's Lonely Hearts Club Band 151 119 32
57 56 -1 Alan Rochford Hooper Special 150 123 27
58 46 -12 Kevin Nolan New Stadiums Please 150 130 20
59 58 -1 Gary Parsons TFTES 148 121 27
60 68 8 Kevin Murphy Forrester's Finest 148 113 35
61 57 -4 Adam Byrne Champions Again Ole Ole 146 121 25
62 71 9 David Doyle AFC Whitechurch 145 103 42
63 38 -25 Kyle Dixon DDRH 144 142 2
64 73 9 Paul Murphy Oh Bradley Said 144 102 42
65 63 -2 Ross Williams Grace Almighty 143 115 28
66 62 -4 Donal Dowling Broadford Rovers 138 118 20
67 67 0 Keith Ryan The Racing Rabbits 138 113 25
68 48 -20 Kevin McQuaide The Hairy Bowsies 137 127 10
69 69 0 Gary Donnelly Rod de Whores 134 112 22
70 70 0 Francis Gilligan Gorilla Glue # 4 - Let It Run All Over Me 131 108 23
71 65 -6 Christopher Uzell Heavey's Heroes 129 114 15
72 51 -21 James Larmon Larmon's Eleven 126 126 0
73 74 1 Craig Whelan Jon Daly's Men 123 101 22
74 72 -2 Jason Maloney Time Out Hoops 118 103 15
75 76 1 Jimmy Maguire Jimmy's Jewels 116 101 15
76 78 2 Ger Coppinger Cleveland Hoops 113 76 37
77 75 -2 Eamonn McConville Nosferahoop 103 101 2
78 77 -1 David O'Malley The Ramdeuters 83 81 2
79 79 0 Kevin McGlone Milltown Magic 51 49 2
80 80 0 Graham Merrigan Ballybrack Rovers 48 48 0
81 82 1 Richard Johnston Daffodil Divers 25 18 7
82 81 -1 Conor King Adama Hugandkiss 21 19 2
83 83 0 Dylan Weldon Shamrock Rovers B 19 15 4
84 85 1 Rory Gilsenan Plastic Pitch Predators 15 13 2
85 87 2 Alan Leahy Alan's Allstars 13 11 2
86 84 -2 Pat Mitchell Champagne Football 13 13 0
87 86 -1 Stephen O'Gorman FC Yukichan 13 13 0
88 89 1 Vincent Sweeney SouthStandTadg 13 11 2
89 88 -1 Cian Cooke Mr Sheen FC 11 11 0
90 90 0 Danielle McGarry The Drive For Five 11 9 2
91 91 0 James Connolly SRFC Four'midable 10 8 2