September 1st and 2nd - Neil Farrugia came off the bench and marked his return with the third goal in Shamrock Rovers three-nil win at home to Bohemians. A tight first half saw Lee Grace head the Hoops in front and when Ronan Finn scored the second early in the second half the game, and Bohemians' title aspirations, were pretty much done. Derry City moved up to second place with an excellent three-one in Dundalk - Will Patching scored twice in that one. If the Candystripes win their game in hand at UCD on Wednesday night they'll reduce the gap on the leaders to just four points ahead of their meeting on September 15th.

St Patricks Athletic hopes of a title challenge took a big blow when they surrendered a lead at Shelbourne to lose two-one. All looked well when Joe Redmond scored the opener but a red card for Jay McGrath followed by two goals in the final ten minutes from Cabral and Paddy Barrett gave Damien Duff's side the bragging rights and all three points.

A Ruairi Keating hat trick helped Cork City beat Sligo Rovers three-nil. The Bit o'Red are in serious trouble now, dropping towards the relegation play-off spot with just a three point advantage over the Leesiders. The final game in the Premier Division on Friday night saw Drogheda record a comfortable three-nil win over UCD. Kevin Doherty's side are now eight points clear of Cork and looking good for another year in the top division.

A second defeat of the season at Longford postponed the title celebrations for Galway for another couple of games. Cristian Magerusen scored the winner as the Midlands side boosted their playoff prospects. Second placed Waterford picked up just one point from six this week - they drew two-all at Treaty United on Monday night and then lost at home to Athlone on Friday night.

Wexford's draw with Finn Harps opened up the playoff picture again - the South East side are now just two points clear of Longford with seven games to play. Bray Wanderers kept their slim playoff prospects alive with a three-one win in Kerry. Cobh Ramblers won again, one-nil at home to Treaty United.

 

September 6th to 9th - With an international break this weekend, the only Premier Division game to take place this week saw Derry City win five-nil at UCD on Wednesday night. Will Patching and Cian Kavanagh both scored twice as the Northern side moved to within four points of leaders Shamrock Rovers. The gap could be down to one point next weekend when the champions visit the Brandywell in a huge game.

There was a full round of games in the first division. Galway United got back to winning ways when they beat Bray Wanderers four-one. Stephen Walsh moved onto thirteen goals for the season, scoring a hat trick in that one. Given their vastly superior goal difference, one more win should be enough to see John Caulfield's side confirmed as champions. Second placed Waterford scored four without reply at Finn Harps to seal their playoff spot, another badly kept secret.

Wexford were the big winners in the playoff race. They scored twice in the last quarter of an hour to win two-one at Treaty United. More good news was to follow when Longford Town dropped points at Kerry in a nil-all draw - only the sixth game this season in which the league newcomers picked up points. Wexford now have a four point cushion in the final play off spot. Cobh Ramblers consolidated third spot on Saturday night when they beat Athlone Town one-nil - Jack Doherty scored the only goal of the game in the second half.

Brian Boyle has moved into the lead in the September competition - he has a score of 77 points and a two point lead over David Doyle in second. Daniell Dorrian is third in the monthly standings with Neil Walsh and Derek McDonald completing the top five for the month so far - full details below:


September 13th and 14th - Graham Burke scored a late penalty at the Brandywell as Shamrock Rovers fought back from a goal down to maintain their four point lead over Derry City. The Candystripes looked to be heading towards a victory that would cut the lead at the top to a single point when Cameron McJannett headed home on the hour. However, a momentary rush of blood to the head from the Derry City defence saw Shane McEleney concede a penalty and a red card which Burke converted to earn a share of the spoils for the Hoops. Both teams have six games left with that four point lead looking bigger as each game passes.

At the bottom, Sligo picked up a much needed victory with a two-nil win at home to UCD on Saturday night. Sligo are six points clear of Cork City in the battle to avoid the relegation play off place. A defeat for UCD at home to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night could confirm the Students' relegation.

In the first division, Galway United moved to the brink of promotion. While they were tonking Dundalk four-nil in the cup, Waterford were slipping to a two-nil defeat against Cobh. One more point will confirm a return to the top division for the Tribesman. Athlone town consolidated their play off place with a two-one win at home to Kerry. The other game in the division finished two-all between Bray Wanderers and Treaty United - a result which did no favours for either sides hopes of a top five finish.

A good month for our overall leader, Brian Boyle, continues. He holds a five point lead over Christopher Uzell at the top of the September leaderboard. David Doyle is now in third place with Paul Moore now in fifth after picking up 22 points this week. Daniel Dorrian is fifth, just ten points off the lead - full details below:


September 22nd to 25th - It wasn't a great weekend for the collective blood pressure of the top three. Shamrock Rovers' run of fifteen consecutive wins over UCD came to an end at Belfield. The game finished nil-all and it was the type of match where Rovers would still be trying to score without success as I type this. However, the news coming in from the Showgrounds cheered the travelling Hoops up as Sligo beat Derry City one-nil to leave the gap at the top at five points with five to play.

The failure of the top two to win left the door open for St Patricks Athletic to reignite their title challenge. The first part of their Louth double header went exactly to plan when Stephen O'Donnell's Dundalk side were beaten three-one on Friday night. However, the Saints missed the chance to move to within three points of the top on Monday night when Drogheda stunned the Inchicore faithful with a two-one win. Dayle Rooney's late winner coupled with two red cards for the home side leaves Jon Daly's side in third place, six points behind the leaders.

With UCD's relegation confirmed, the remaining issue to be decided at the bottom of the Premier Division is who'll be in the relegation playoffs. Cork City look favourites for that unwanted prize after two defeats over the weekend - 3-1 at Shelbourne and 5-0 at Dundalk. They're nine points adrift in second last place now. Shels are now ahead of Bohemians after they drew in Dalymount on Monday night, Bohs' second draw of the weekend.

In the first division, Galway's promotion was confirmed with a four-nil win in Kerry on Friday night. The homecoming celebrations continued on Monday night with a one-nil win over Finn Harps. Cobh Ramblers confirmed their play-off place with a five one win over the Donegal side on Friday night - Dave Rogers collected his P45 after that one.

Two home wins, against Bray Wanderers and Longford Town, mean Wexford are just three points away from a play-off spot with four games to go. Athlone Town should join them despite a four-one defeat at Treaty United on Friday night.

With just one round of games to go in the September competition, David Doyle has a healthy twelve point lead at the top of the standings. Craig Whelan is in second place. Third place is shared by four people just one point behind - Brian Boyle, Christopher Uzell, Daniel Dorrian and myself - full details below:

 

September 29th & 30th - The top three all won on Friday night to leave matters at the top of the Premier Division unchanged. Shamrock Rovers overcame the challenge of Shelbourne to remain five points clear. Graham Burke scored the only goal twenty minutes from time at Tallaght Stadium. He then received a second yellow card as the champions finished with ten men. They held out for the remaining twenty minutes though to keep their pursuit of four in a row very much on track.

Derry City hit the students of UCD for six in the Brandywell. They remain five points off the lead but have reduced Rovers' goal difference advantage with that result. St Patricks Athletic came out on top in the rehearsal for next weekend's cup semi-final. Mark Doyle scored the only goal thirteen minutes from time as Cork finished the game with ten men.

The battle for fourth spot goes on - Jonathan Afolabi scored twice as Bohemians beat Sligo Rovers three-one to regain fourth spot from Shelbourne. Dundalk remained in touch too - they came from behind to win the Louth Derby against Drogheda. Just three points separate Bohs in fourth from Dundalk in sixth.

There's no sign of Galway easing off now they've won the first division - they scored six without reply against Athlone on Friday night. Waterford and Wexford drew nil-all - Wexford are not quite guaranteed their playoff spot yet - they're eight points clear of Treaty United with three games to go. The Limerick side kept their play off prospects alive with a three-two win in Longford on Saturday night.

It's still mathematically possible for Bray to clinch a play off spot too - a two-one win at home to Cobh Ramblers keeps their very slim hopes alive. Finn Harps beat Kerry two-one in a dead rubber to round off the first division action.

David Doyle's score of 35 points this week was enough to see him crowned winner for September. Daniel Dorrian finished second, just four points off the lead. Andy Dunne and Conor Claxton finished the month strongly but had to settle for third and fourth places respectively. Niall Carroll completed the top five for the month - full details below:

 

The Greatest League - September 2023 Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1 0 David Doyle Dublin Is Green and Whitechurch 183 148 35


2
5 3 Daniel Dorrian Donegallad97 179 135 44
3
11 8 Andy Dunne Phoenix Park Rangers 172 125 47
4
20 16 Conor Claxton Everyone Hates A Bohs Hipster 169 116 53
5
9 4 Niall Carroll Yellow Bellies 168 128 40
6
3 -3 Brian Boyle Komodo Reds 167 135 32
7
6 -1 Joe Turner McLaughlin's Aces 167 135 32
8
8 0 Paul Moore JD Sports A Wig 166 132 34
9
2 -7 Craig Whelan Saints 1929 165 136 29
10
7 -3 Rob Gaffney Fiorentina Turner 163 133 30
11
10 -1 Neil Walsh Bradley's Babes 161 127 34
12
26 14 Kevin Nolan Team Gilzean 160 113 47
13
4 -9 Christopher Uzell Heavey's Heroes 159 135 24
14
14 0 Shane Coughlan Shane Lad Rovers 1.0 158 123 35
15
12 -3 Jake Murphy 4 In A Row 157 125 32
16
17 1 John Brophy Never Going To Beat Eoghan 157 120 37
17
27 10 Brian Cunningham Dermot Keely Cannae Count 154 110 44
18
19 1 Darragh Kenny Four In A Row 153 118 35
19
23 4 Gary Fitzpatrick Devolution 153 114 39
20
13 -7 Tony McNamee Swilly Rovers 152 125 27
21
15 -6 Eoghan Brophy Little Ol Shels 149 122 27
22
24 2 James Connolly FC Igghh 148 114 34
23
29 6 Keith Ryan He's Gone, Yup Ian Ryan 148 108 40
24
22 -2 Tommy Hamill Omeath All-Stars 147 115 32
25
16 -9 Gavin Doherty D12 Shels 142 120 22
26
18 -8 Gary Parsons TFTES 141 119 22
27
30 3 Fiachra O'Brolachain Borough Hoops 137 105 32
28
25 -3 Kevin McQuaide The Longford Langers 136 114 22
29
28 -1 Derek McDonald The Auld Reds 135 108 27
30
32 2 Joseph Kavanagh Cherry Orchard Thieves 127 100 27
31
34 3 Caroline Carroll Seagulls 125 93 32
32
37 5 Gary Donnelly One Bray Or Another 124 87 37
33
40 7 Stan Tormey Inter Stan 123 78 45
34
33 -1 Francis Gilligan Yes, I Think To Myself 122 95 27
35
36 1 Danielle McGarry Shamrock Rovers 121 87 34
36
35 -1 Gerry Moore Sligobourne Reds 117 88 29
37
21 -16 Shane McCormack Forty Four In A Row 117 115 2
38
38 0 Gerry Draper Everton10 115 83 32
39
31 -8 Darragh Moriarty Moriparty FC 110 104 6
40
39 -1 Tommy Tormey The Four Fs 92 80 12
41
41 0 Daniel Murphy 4 In A Row 77 75 2
42
42 0 Trevor Rankin I'm Not Finn-ished 60 58 2
43
44 1 Gary McGurk Goose Green Mafia 18 13 5
44
43 -1 Philip Rankin Stevo's Stars 18 14 4
45 47 2 Shane Langan Asbohs 15 9 6
46 46 0 Gearoid McIntyre 3 Little Martletts 14 10 4
47 45 -2 James Keville Inchicore Draw 12 12 0
48 53 5 Senan Slattery Clooney-Quin On Top 12 7 5
49 48 -1 Conor King Yurt City 10 8 2
50 51 1 Michael De Verdier Pelletstown Rovers FC 10 8 2
51 52 1 Sean McLean Watts Happening 10 8 2
52 49 -3 Gary Keating Say It With Flores 8 8 0
53 50 -3 Jack Duffy Bohs Massive 8 8 0
54 54 0 Richard Johnston Turnip Heads 4 2 2