September 4th to 7th - With one eye on Stephen Kenny's first couple of games as Ireland manager, the big game in the League of Ireland was in Tallaght as Shamrock Rovers faced Bohemians. Bohs recent run of good form meant a victory would send them top of the table. However, it was the Hoops who came out on top for the fourth consecutive game between the two. The only goal of the game can in the first five minutes as Danny Lafferty netted his third goal of the week. Keith Long's side will look to two penalty claims denied but they couldn't find a way back into the game. Stephen Bradley's side now have a five point cushion with eight games to go in the shortened season.

The weekend started with Waterford putting St Patricks Athletic to the sword with a three-nil victory on Friday evening. Goals from Alistair Coote, John Martin and Michael O'Connor has the Blues sitting in fourth place on Friday evening. The points were shared at Tolka Park on Saturday evening. Dayle Rooney gave Shelbourne an early lead but a second half equaliser from Deshane Dalling meant Cork City travelled back to Leeside with a point.

The weekend's action finished with a feisty North West Derby. Sligo's remarkable recent run continued with a three-one win which saw them climb to third in the table. Goals from Ryan de Vries, Ronan Murray and Ronan Coughlan were enough to earn the points for Liam Buckley's side. Finn Harps finished with nine men - Mark Coyle and Kosovar Sadike saw red in the last ten minutes.

The first leaderboard for September sees Andy Dunne lead the way on 25 points. He's three clear of Alan Doyle, myself and Tom Keane. Full details below:

 


September 11th to 13th - Shamrock Rovers have one hand on the trophy after results went their way again this weekend. The weekend's action started on Friday evening with Bohemians crashing to a shock defeat at home to Waterford. The visitors scored twice in the first half through Alistair Coote and Tyreke Wilson to secure the points and give them their second win in a row. The match proved to be John Sheridan's last in charge as the bright lights of Wigan and the vacant manager's job were enough to tempt him back to the UK.

Shamrock Rovers travelled to Cork on Saturday afternoon knowing a win would send them eight clear with seven to play. They duly obliged with two goals from Aaron Greene and a first goal for Neil Farrugia in a three-nil win. The prospect of a first league title since 2011 is now very real for Stephen Bradley's side.

Perhaps the most entertaining game of the weekend came at Oriel Park where Dundalk beat Shelbourne by the odd goal in five. The Lilywhites raced into an early two goal lead through Michael Duffy and Brian Gartland. However, Shelbourne went in level at the break following goals from Dan Byrne and Georgie Poynton. It took a wonder strike from Greg Sloggett on the hour to settle this one as the reigning champions moved back into third place in the table.

Saturday's other game finished scoreless in Inchicore. St Pats and Sligo failed to muster a goal between them in a game which saw ten yellow cards (one of which was a second one and then a red for Niall Morahan). The final game of the weekend finished scoreless as Finn Harps and Derry City couldn't muster a goal between them. The point was enough for Ollie Horgan's side to move ahead of Cork City on goal difference at the bottom of the table though.

At the halfway point in the September competition, Andy Dunne holds an eight point lead in the monthly contest. In an effort to pull off a financial swindle of John Delaney-esque proportions I'm in second place with Joseph Kavanagh. Jay Thomas and Tom Keane complete the top five, a further three points back - full details below:

 


September 18th to 21st - Shamrock Rovers maintained their eight point lead at the top of the table with a comprehensive six-one thrashing of Waterford on Monday night. The Hoops scored three just before half time with goals from Aaron Greene, Roberto Lopes and Lee Grace. They were joined on the scoresheet in the second half by Jack Byrne, Graham Burke and Dean Williams to complete the rout. Waterford, under caretaker manager Fran Rockett, managed a consolation through Mikey O'Connor. Stephen Bradley's side now need eleven points from their final six games to confirm a first title since 2011.

A goal with five minutes to go from Andre Wright allowed Bohemians a glimmer of hope in their pursuit of the leaders on Friday night. That gave them a very useful one-nil win at Sligo.

The weekend's two other games ended in draws. The game between Derry City and St Patrick's Athletic finished scoreless at the Ryan McBride Stadium. Shelbourne and Finn Harps shared the points after a one-all draw at Tolka Park on Saturday - Ciaran Kilduff's opener for the hosts was cancelled out by Barry McNamee.

With just next weekend's games to go, Trevor Rankin now leads the September competition. He has a one point advantage over Gary Donnelly who clinched the league cup crown this weekend. Last weekend's leader Andy Dunne sits five points off the lead with Alan Doyle and Davy Doyle completing the top five:



September 25th to 27th - Dundalk's success against Sheriff on Thursday night and subsequent progression to the final round of the Europa League qualifiers was also a bonus for Shamrock Rovers. With one eye on next Thursday's game against Ki, the reigning champions put out a weakened side. Rovers took full advantage and cruised to a four-nil win. Jack Byrne scored twice, Aaron McEneff added a penalty and an own goal completed the scoring. That leaves the Tallaght side needing seven points from their final five games to clinch the title.

Bohemians managed to keep the title race alive with a dramatic finish at Dalymount on Friday night. They trailed Derry in the 90th minute but a penalty from Keith Ward and a scrambled winner from Andre Wright saw them cut the deficit to five points temporariliy. Next weekend's games sees Rovers host Sligo with Bohemians travelling to Drumcondra to face Shelbourne.

Waterford climbed to third place with a one-nil win at home to Sligo. Matt Smith scored the winner in that one. This weekend's Dublin Derby saw St Pats defeat Shelbourne two-nil on Saturday night - Chris Forrester and Rory Feely scored the goals for Stephen McDonnell's side in that one.

It's still all to play for in the relegation battle. The spoils were shared in Donegal as Finn Harps and Cork played out a one-all draw. The Leesiders were ahead through Dylan McGlade but Ollie Horgan's side conjured up an equaliser through Raffaele Cretaro to maintain their one point lead over their opponents at the bottom of the table.

A 40 point blitz from Andy Dunne (including two ten-pointers) saw him move into the lead in the September competition. With just one game to go, he has an eleven point lead over last week's leader Trevor Rankin. Gary Donnelly has dropped to third. Niall Carroll and Tom Keane complete the top five ahead of Sligo Rovers versus Derry City tomorrow night.

 


September 29th - The month ended with Sligo Rovers hosting Derry City in a North West derby at the Showgrounds. The only goal of the game came just three minutes from time with Ryan de Vries scoring the winner for the home side. That win lifts Liam Buckley's side to fourth in the table, two points ahead of Dundalk having played three games more though.

Andy Dunne's win in the monthly competition for September was confirmed with a score of 103 points. He had a comfortable margin of 16 points over Trevor Rankin in the end. Gary Donnelly and Niall Carroll shared third place on 84 points. Full details below:



The Greatest League - September Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
Support the Site:
1
1
0
Andy Dunne
Ballymore Shamrocks
103
98
5


2
2
0
Trevor Rankin
Trev's Tossers
87
87
0
3
3
0
Gary Donnelly
Cabinteely II
84
79
5
4
4
0
Niall Carroll
The Yellow Bellies
84
74
10
5
11
6
Joe Turner
The Dairymen of Stradbrook
77
67
10
6
6
0
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
77
72
5
7
5
-2
Tom Keane
Hoopshoops
74
74
0
8
8
0
Davy Doyle
Whitechurch FC
73
68
5
9
9
0
Paul Moore
Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
73
68
5
10
10
0
Alan Doyle
Shamrock Ravers
72
67
5
11
7
-4
Jay Thomas
Tallaght Toppers
69
69
0
12
13
1
David Miley
Dallas Cowboys
68
63
5
13
17
4
Eamon Fox
Culchies United
67
57
10
14
12
-2
Gary McGurk
Chelfest 2013
66
66
0
15
16
1
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
63
58
5
16
14
-2
Sean O'Mairtin
EMFA Returns
63
63
0
17
22
5
Sean Taylor
O'Connor's Touting XI
63
53
10
18
25
7
Darragh Kenny
Luca Connell CSC
59
49
10
19
15
-4
Keith Ryan
Wearethewanderers
59
59
0
20
20
0
Eoghan Brophy
Tolka Dreamers
58
53
5
21
28
7
Graeme Buckley
Canyoneroes
58
48
10
22
23
1
Tommy Hamill
Omeath Allstars
58
53
5
23
18
-5
Gary Fitzpatrick
Cabo Ultra's
57
57
0
24
19
-5
John Brophy
We're Not Shels
56
56
0
25
26
1
Derek McDonald
Super Shels
54
49
5
26
21
-5
Eoghan Farrelly
Definitely Last Chance Saloon
53
53
0
27
27
0
Gerry Draper
Everton10
53
48
5
28
24
-4
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
51
51
0
29
29
0
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Trailerpark Rovers
47
47
0
30
30
0
Mark Welsh
3rdina2horserace
47
47
0
31
31
0
Caroline Carroll
Tarzan's 11
43
43
0
32
36
4
Chris Hinchey
Lilywhites
43
38
5
33
32
-1
Gary Keating
Brohemians
43
43
0
34
33
-1
Joe Behan
Melchester Rovers
43
43
0
35
34
-1
Dean Fletcher
Fletchy's Flyers
42
42
0
36
35
-1
Derek Kelly
SRFC1725
41
41
0
37
39
2
David Moran
Wrightsaidfred
37
32
5
38
37
-1
Gearoid McIntyre
Nobber Boys
36
36
0
39
38
-1
Callum Dunne
Derry Girls
33
33
0
40
40
0
Gerry Moore
Rovers Are Red
32
32
0
41
41
0
Josh Tobin
Team1
20
20
0
42
42
0
Kieran Harnett
Limerick United
13
13
0
43
43
0
Richard Johnston
Mayo For Sam
11
11
0
44
44
0
Ian O'Reilly
Limerick City United Treaty 37 FC
8
8
0
45
45
0
Sean Keller
The Boys From Dalymount
8
8
0
46
46
0
Hugh Keller
Hugh Jarse FC
4
4
0
47
47
0
Breifne Earley
Leitrim Villa
2
2
0
48
48
0
Patrick Dempsey
Paddser's Whackers
2
2
0
49
49
0
Seamus McGowan
Bit O'Red
2
2
0