October 2nd to 3rd - With just four games to go, Shamrock Rovers hold an eight point lead at the top of the table. Sligo Rovers were the latest team to come unstuck at Tallaght as the Hoops scored four without reply. Once Ronan Finn had opened the scoring it was plain sailing - further goals came courtesy of Graham Burke, Jack Byrne and Dylan Watts. That's fourteen goals scored and one conceded in the last three games for the champions elect. Mathematically it's five points needed but realistically it's four as their goal difference is far superior to Bohemians.

Danny Grant was the hero for Bohemians as they beat Shelbourne in the Northside Groundshare Derby at Tolka Park Grant scored a hat trick as Bohs consolidated their second place in the table. Georgie Poynton scored a consolation late on the hosts after missing a penalty when Shels were only one down.

Finn Harps picked up a point in the relegation battle. They held Europa League qualifiers Dundalk to a scoreless draw at Oriel Park on Sunday evening. As with last week's game, Dundalk rested most of their first choice eleven with bigger games ahead in Europe. That point put Ollie Horgan's side two clear of Cork City but they've played a game more. Cork's game in hand will be at home to Dundalk on Tuesday week.

Cork slipped up at home to St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday evening - two goals in the first ten minutes - an Alan Bennett own goal and one from Jordan Gibson secured the points for the Inchicore side despite Gearoid Morrissey pulling one back for the Leesiders.

The weekend had kicked off with Conor Clifford scoring twice from the spot as Derry City beat Waterford on Friday evening.

The early leaderboard for October sees the lead shared by Caroline Carroll and Sean O'Mairtin who both have 32 points. Derek McDonald is third on 27 points followed by Gary McGurk and Paul Moore who complete the top five - full details below:
 


October 9th to 13th - Two defeats in four days leave Cork City is serious trouble at the bottom of the table. With Neale Fenn departing his post on Thursday, Colin Healy took charge for the trip to Bohemians on Friday evening. A three-nil win for Bohs ensured some life in the title race. Two goals from Andre Wright and one from Danny Grant ensured European football for the Phibsboro side again next season. The Leesiders put up more of a fight on Tuesday night but a two-nil defeat at home to Dundalk means Cork are now two points adrift of Finn Harps having played a game more. Pat Hoban was back on the scoresheet in that one, scoring twice for visitors to move one ahead of Jack Byrne in the race for the Irish equivalent of the golden boot award.

The only other game this weekend saw Shelbourne put a dent in Waterford's European ambitions. A late Ryan Brennan goal earned a one-nil win for Ian Morris's side, easing any lingering fears of relegation they might have had.

An excellent return of 26 points from the three games sees Caroline Carroll open up a ten point lead at the top of the October leaderboard. John Brophy and Sean O'Mairtin share second place on 48 points. The top five for the month is completed by Derek McDonald and Joe Behan - all the details below:



October 16th to 19th - An outbreak of Covid-19 in the Shamrock Rovers camp meant two fixtures were chalked off the fixture list ensuring the Hoops wouldn't be crowned champions this weekend. Bohemians drew nil-all at Dundalk on Friday night. If the Gypsies drop points at home to Finn Harps next Saturday night then Shamrock Rovers will be confirmed as league winners despite the best efforts of the pandemic virus.

Gary Deegan scored the only goal at Tolka Park on Sunday evening as Shelbourne beat Sligo Rovers one-nil. That win should see Ian Morris side preserve their top flight status for next season. Cork put up a spirited performance in a nil-all draw with Waterford. However, they are now a point behind Finn Harps having played two games more.

Monday evening's game saw three goals in the first quarter of an hour as Dundalk beat Derry at the Ryan McBride Stadium. Jordan Flores and Sean Murray scored for the visitors before Darren Cole pulled one back for the hosts. Three more points from their last two games should ensure European football again for the Lilywhites next season (assuming they don't win the Europa League of course ; ) )

Andy Dunne picked up 32 points from the 4 games this weekend to move into the lead in the October competition. His points haul included two ten-pointers and two five-pointers. He's only two points clear of John Brophy though so there's still life in the monthly contest. Joe Behan is in third place with Paul Moore and Derek McDonald completing the top five.



The Greatest League - October Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
6
5
Andy Dunne
Ballymore Shamrocks
73
41
32


2
2
0
John Brophy
We're Not Shels
70
48
22
3
5
2
Joe Behan
Melchester Rovers
65
43
22
4
10
6
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
63
41
22
5
4
-1
Derek McDonald
Super Shels
61
44
17
6
1
-5
Caroline Carroll
Tarzan's 11
60
58
2
7
8
1
Gary McGurk
Chelfest 2013
58
41
17
8
3
-5
Sean O'Mairtin
EMFA Returns
55
48
7
9
16
7
Joe Turner
The Dairymen of Stradbrook
51
36
15
10
9
-1
Keith Ryan
Wearethewanderers
51
41
10
11
12
1
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
48
36
12
12
18
6
Tommy Hamill
Omeath Allstars
48
36
12
13
15
2
Gary Keating
Brohemians
43
36
7
14
23
9
Graeme Buckley
Canyoneroes
43
31
12
15
21
6
David Miley
Dallas Cowboys
41
31
10
16
7
-9
Eoghan Brophy
Tolka Dreamers
41
41
0
17
17
0
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
41
36
5
18
20
2
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
40
33
7
19
32
13
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
39
22
17
20
11
-9
Davy Doyle
Whitechurch FC
38
38
0
21
13
-8
Eamon Fox
Culchies United
38
36
2
22
29
7
Gary Donnelly
Cabinteely II
38
26
12
23
27
4
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
36
26
10
24
39
15
Callum Dunne
Derry Girls
36
19
17
25
28
3
Derek Kelly
SRFC1725
36
26
10
26
14
-12
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Trailerpark Rovers
36
36
0
27
24
-3
Jay Thomas
Tallaght Toppers
36
31
5
28
31
3
Mark Welsh
3rdina2horserace
36
26
10
29
25
-4
Niall Carroll
The Yellow Bellies
36
31
5
30
19
-11
Chris Hinchey
Lilywhites
35
33
2
31
30
-1
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Ultra's
33
26
7
32
22
-10
Gearoid McIntyre
Nobber Boys
33
31
2
33
37
4
Gerry Draper
Everton10
33
21
12
34
26
-8
Sean Taylor
O'Connor's Touting XI
33
31
2
35
34
-1
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
31
21
10
36
36
0
David Moran
Wrightsaidfred
23
21
2
37
38
1
Gerry Moore
Rovers Are Red
23
21
2
38
33
-5
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
22
22
0
39
35
-4
Darragh Kenny
Luca Connell CSC
21
21
0
40
41
1
Josh Tobin
Team1
13
11
2
41
40
-1
Richard Johnston
Mayo For Sam
12
12
0
42
42
0
Kieran Harnett
Limerick United
10
8
2
43
43
0
Eoghan Farrelly
Definitely Last Chance Saloon
8
6
2
44
44
0
Hugh Keller
Hugh Jarse FC
8
6
2
45
45
0
Ian O'Reilly
Limerick City United Treaty 37 FC
8
6
2
46
46
0
Patrick Dempsey
Paddser's Whackers
8
6
2
47
47
0
Breifne Earley
Leitrim Villa
4
2
2
48
48
0
Seamus McGowan
Bit O'Red
4
2
2
49
49
0
Sean Keller
The Boys From Dalymount
4
2
2