Spartak end Sallynoggin Pearse unbeaten run

Filed under: General news, Sunday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

Sallynoggin Pearse 2, Spartak 3

Not content with keeping the local forwards at bay, Adam Doran provided a drilled assist for Steve Walsh’s winning goal in the 89th minute. Steve took the second of his two goals with equal facility, both terrific finishes.

The game began in dramatic fashion with a 2nd minute goal from the home side, but by the 10th minute , one of their players received a second yellow and Spartak faced 10 men for 80 minutes.

The remainder of the first half saw a disjointed Spartak X1 gradually settle, as Dave Kernan, Steve Walsh and Steve Grier got on the ball to good effect. Indeed Sallynoggin continued to have the better chances.

The second period, from Spartak’s viewpoint, got off to a great start, but only after a miraculous escape as the ball struck bar and post from a home forward’s header before rolling back into Adam Doran’s relieved clutches. Immediately Spartak equalised after a scramble from a corner kick, Steve Grier forcing home. Heartened by this, Spartak took the lead when Steve Walsh raced onto Neil McGowan’s pass to score.

The home side had a goal disallowed before Neil McGowan headed over from close range. But the ten local men equalised when the Sky Blues back four was caught out of shape.

Then began the search for the decisive goal.

Sallynoggin then had three fine chance, Adam Doran foiling each one in turn. Steve Grier mishit his shot when set up by Ger Byrne , Ger missed his touch on a Grier long throw.

As the clock ticked towards time, Doran gathered the ball and sent Walsh away to secure the three points.

Form Report
Adam Doran 9 David Kernan 7 Tom O’Driscoll 7 Karl McCullagh 7 Kevin O’Toole 6 Ken Buckley 6 Neil McGowan 7 Mick Leslie 6 Steve Grier 7 Ger Byrne 6 Steve Walsh 8
Sub: Neil Walsh 6

Return of the Maestro

Filed under: General news, Over 35 team, Saturday LSL team, Sunday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

After resigning as Quiz master in a hissy fit, leaving poor Uncle Dex to pick up the pieces, Mick Greene has completed a massive U Turn and returns to his rightful spot on the podium next Thursday, 18th November, in Firhouse Community Centre.

Mick , after doling out questions on Dingbats, Counties of Ireland and other puzzles to tease the slightly sozzled members of the audience, will then lead the weary troops in the time honoured march into town, eventually leaving Coppers at an ungodly hour.

All club members expected to attend, and for €10 on a Thursday night, it can’t be bet for entertainment value.

The Quiz starts at 9.15, so aim for 9 O’Clock, unless your name is Steve Grier, in which case you would need to aim for the previous day. Chris “Tubes” Hogan is carrying on Gerry Doran’s tradition of always being last to everything. Dave Kernan may well travel through town , so could be delayed. Mick Leslie even might bring the water bottles for a special guest appearance.

So, for those not paying attention (that’s you Bobby Hayes and Jason Northey) its a 9.15 kick off on Thursday 18th November in Firhouse Community Centre.

Rush gain advantage

Filed under: General news, Saturday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

Rush Athletic 4, Spartak 2

Spartak departed St Catherines Park in Rush feeling somehwat hard done by after a tough game against the locals.
The final scoreline here did not reflect the balance of play, as Spartak struck the frame of the goal three times. But individual errors at vital times gave the home side the key scores.

Almost straight from the kick off Spartak had one of the game’s best chances, when Ciaran Keane intercepted a stray pass. With a clear run to goal he opted for the early shot which flew well wide. Spartak’s nest chance came when good work by Ger Byrne and Steve Grier saw the latter’s attempt deflected into the path of Jeff Gamble, whose shot struck the post and rebounded into the grateful arms of the keeper.

Mick Leslie’s reluctance to strike with his right foot meant two half chances went a-begging., but approaching half time he collected from Jeff Gamble’s cross to put Ciaran Keane in on goal. This time Ciaran showed more composure and put the Sky Blues one up.

Rush gave early intent of their second half ambitions by crashing a free kick off the cross bar almost on the restart. Spartak almost increased the lead after a foul on Ger Byrne. Mick Greene’s free was headed goalwards by Jeff Gamble, but he was again thwarted by a combination of keeper and post.

Rush equalised following a run on the Spartak left and the cross was nodded in.

Spartak restored their lead when a Browne/Keane/Byrne move saw Jeff Gamble head in, but the Sky Blues were disappointed when Rush equalised from a free kick from 40 yards.

Rush took full advantage of Chris Hogan being caught in possession to go ahead for the first time with 17 minutes remaining, but Spartak raised fresh onslaughts on the home goal with substitutes Darragh Dnnelly and Conor Callis going close. It was from the latter’s shot that was pushed onto the crossbar that saw Rush clinch the game in comedic fashion when the resulting long clearance was missed by Bobby Hayes, who had raced far from his goal, to allow a walk in score.

Form Report
Bobby Hayes 5 Chris Hogan 5 Mick Greene 6 Steve Browne 6 Fintan Grace 6 Shane McInerney 7 Steve Grier 6 Jaff Gamble 6 Ciaran Keane 6 Mick Leslie 5 Ger Byrne 7
Subs: Conor Callis 6 Darragh Donnelly 6

Poor Display

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Swords Celtic 2, Spartak 1

A lethargic first half proved costly as lowly Swords put in an aggressive performance unmatched by the Sky Blues in the first period. The first half was all Swords, who showed greater urgency and aggression, picking up a few yellow cards in the process. Greg Byrne in the Spartak goal was by far the busier keeper, and took knocks as the subject of some rough inteventions, with Kevin O’Toole and Karl McCullough overworked at the back, as the Spartak midfield misfired.

Spartak’s only real effort came following a foul on Neil McGowan when a quick thinking Thom O’Driscoll spotted the keeper off his line; but Thom’s execution did not quite match the intention, just missing the target.

On 47 minutes, inevitably, Swords took the lead; a long ball was misheaded by Martin Costello back into a central area and , while Greg Byrne saved the initial effort, the rebound was tucked home.

Spartak lifted their game in the second half, while Swords conceded many free kicks in an attempt to stem the tide. Just on the hour marked Dave Kernan bundled in Ger Byrne’s cross at the second attempt. Then moments later Neil McGowan found Steve Walsh in space on the right, his cross found Thom O’Driscoll, whose header forced a good save from the home keeper.

The game looked to be going in Spartak’s favour, with a second goal in prospect, when a calamitous error of judgment by the hitherto commendable Kevin O’Toole handed the points to the home side. A rash tackle inside the box saw the penalty dispatched for the winning goal.

Martin Costello, Dave Kerna and Steve Grier all had half chances to equalise, but Swords held on.

Form Report
Greg Byrne 8 David Kernan 6 Martin Costello 6 Karl McCullough 6 Kevin O’Toole 5 Ken Buckley 5 Neil McGowan 5 Tom O’Driscoll 5 Steve Grier 5 Ger Byrne 5 Steve Walsh 4
Sub: Dave Browne 5

Derby Spoils to Spartak

Filed under: General news, Sunday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

Spartak 4, Dundrum 1

Spartak took the honours in a game that was closer than the scoreline would suggest.

Two identikit goals just before the break saw Karl McCullough head home successive Steve Walsh corner kicks gave the Sky Blues a 2-0 half time advantage.

Earlier chances had been missed, most notably after brilliant work by Steve Grier and Dave Kernan had sent Steve Walsh in on goal, but two attempts were not sufficient to score. Dundrum struck the crossbar, and Kev O’Toole made a strong savin tackle when a score looked certain.

Spartak virtually clinched the points when a first time Neil McGowan pass sent the ovelapping Martin Costello clear on the left. He jinked past the advancing keeper but was forced very wide. Nonetheless he produced the perfect cross amid a cluster of covering defenders for Ger Byrne to shoot into the unguarded net.

This appeared to be the signal for Spartak to relax and for Dundrum to come strongly into the game.

A quickly taken free saw Dundrum reduce arrears and Dundrum had several atempts to close the gap, but Spartak were grateful to Greg Byrne for some fine stops, including tipping one shot onto the post.

Spartak made the game safe when a super through ball b Tho O’Driscoll sent Steve Walsh in, and he finished at the second attempt.

Form Report
Greg Byrne 8 Dave Kernan 7 Martin Costello 6 Karl McCullough 8 Kevin O’Toole 8 Ken Buckley 6 Neil McGowan 6 Tom O’Driscoll 6 Steve Grier 6 Ger Byrne 7 Steve Walsh 6
Sub: Neil Walsh 5

Soft Goals Costly

Filed under: General news, Saturday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

Spartak 1, Sallynoggin 3

Who would be a keeper?

Having kept his team in the game with some fine saves for most of the first half, Bobby allowed a soft shot to elude him for the decisive third goal early in the second period.

Sallynoggin had most of the first half play, but Spartak were not without their chances; Ciaran Keanes’ run and cross gave Jeff Gamble a chance, but his reluctance to shoot with his left saw the chance evaporate.

Niall Lennon and Jeff Gamble combined but Darren Ritchie could not reach the latter’s cross.

Salynoggin took the lead when a cross from Spartak’s left was nodded in, and an unfortunate og by Fintan Grace just on half time doubled that advantage.

The Sky Blues strove to get back in the contest as the visitors were happy to defend their lead, and Fidel Benson reduced arrears on 54 minutes after good work by chris Hogan and Jeff Gamble. Conor Canavan fired straight into the keeper’e midriff from a couple of yards out, while Jeff Gamble had a couple of efforts, including a header just over.

Form Report
Bobby Hayes 6 Chris Hogan 5 Mick Greene 5 Steve Browne 5 Fintan Grace 5 Darren Ritchie 5 Conor Canavan 5 Jeff Gamble 6 Niall Lennon 5 Fidel Benson 6 Ciaran Keane 5
Subs: Evans Sarpong 5 Ciaran Bermingham 5 Stephen Bermingham 5


Filed under: General news, Sunday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

Spartak 1, Sallynoggin 2

Dropping all three points here was a painful experience for the Sky Blues, who surely should have at least equalised in the last minute when Steve Walsh sent Alan Farrington clear on the right. Inexplicably, Alan failed to make proper contact with the ball, and his effort trickled harmlessly wide from six yards.

Ealier, Neil McGowan, taking some time out from best man duties, came on as a sub to crisply fire in an equaliser after Steve Grier’s cross broke to him at the edge of the box.

Greg Byrne continued his fine run of form in goal, with one great save and several good ones.

A bad challenge on Steve Grier early on was not properly punished by that recidivist referee who ruins games for all teams.

Sallynoggin scored on the turnover in the first half when Alan Farrington, receiving the ball in space, turned inside into trouble and wwas dispossessed. Kevin O’Toole was caught under the ball as he pushed out, 0-1.

The Sallynoggin winner came on 82 minutes as Spartak pushed on; Steve Grier kept the ball in play as Sallynoggin broke, only for possession to switch. A clever through ball saw the striker beat Greg Byrne.

Form Report
Greg Byrne 8 Keith Kelly 5 Dave Browne 5 Paul Kinsella 8 Kevin O’Toole 6 Alan Farrington 5 Seamus McCahill 5 Ken Buckley 5 Steve Grier 7 Ger Byrne 5 Steve Walsh 6
Subs: Dave Kernan 6 Neil McGowan 7 Neil Walsh 6

Spartak Exit Shield

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Spartak 3, Howth Celtic 6

A game that began so well for the Sky Blues ended up in a meek exit from the Leinser Junior Shield.

Early goals by Jeff Gamble and Mick Leslie saw Spartak in a strong position, but by half time Howth had registered four unanswered scores, none of which they had to work hard for, with some incompetent defending by the home side, coupled wih an inability of the Spartak midfield to retain or regain possession.

The second half saw Spartak attempt to get back in the contest with some decent goal efforts, mainly by the idefatigable Jeff Gamble and while Darren Ritchoe reduced arrears, Howth were always in control.

Form Report
Bobby Hayes 7 Chris Hogan 5 Mick Leslie 5 Steve Browne 5 Fintan Grace 5 Fidel Benson 6 Conor Canavan 6 Conor Callis 4 Ciaran Keane 4 Darren Ritchie 5 Jeff Gamble 8
Subs: Mick Greene 5 Tom Maher 5

Dreary Day

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Spartak 0, Walkinstown 6

The longer this game went on, the worse it bacame from a Spartak point of view, as Walkinstown added late goals to polish off a Spartak side which lacked energy and power.

Time and again Spartak failed to deal with a ball over the top; indeed many could , and should, have been headed clear, but were allowed to travel into the danger area.

While Bobby Hayes made some good stops, and kept the score down to single figures, most of his colleagues had a terrible day, outmuscled and out fought from the first minute.

Not a match to savour.

Form Report:
Bobby Hayes 7 Chris Hogan 5 Mick Leslie 4 Dave O’Kelly 6 Steve Browne 5 Shane McInerney 5 Conor Canavan 5 Conor Callis 5 Martin Costello 5 Jeff Gamble 5 Ciaran Keane 5
Subs: Mikey Burke-Sweeney 5 Ciaran Bermingham 5 Barry O’Reilly 5

Spartak Capitulate

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Spartak 0, Pioneers 5

Five second half scores saw the visitors leave Marlay Park comfortable winners.

Despite dominating the first half completely, Pioneers had nothing to show for their first half toils, with some last ditch defending from Paul Kinsella and Kevin O’Toole keeping he attack at bay, while Greg Byrne made some notable saves. Spartak took a blow when Kinsella went down with a hamstring strain after one interception. Spartak’s only first half chance came when Steve Walsh and Neil McGowan combined to setup Alan Farrington, but his shot lacked power and accuracy and sailed harmlessly over.

Neil McGowan headed over from a Spartak corner early in teh second period, before Pioneers took the lead with a header from a flag kick. They added to the lead on 52 minutes when Ken Buckley could not cover for some absent defenders.

Then came a pivotal moment whe a long ball by Dave Browne was added to by Ken Buckley to give Ger Byrne a chance close in but he lifted the ball over the bar. Ger might have converted a Steve Walsh free, and then Neil McGowan saw his point blank effort saved.

That was the end of the short Spartak revival and Pioneers added three more in the last 15 minutes in circumstances too embarrassing to recount.

Form Report
Greg Byrne 8 Keith Kelly 4 Dave Browne 4 Paul Kinsella 7 Kevin O’Toole 6 Ken Buckley 5 Neil McGowan 6 Steve Grier 5 Alan Farrington 4 Steve Walsh 4 Ger Byrne 5
Subs: Thom O’Driscoll 4 Mick Leslie 4