Two Points Dropped

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

Spartak 1, Palmerstown 1

A late goal denied Spartak all three points, as the Sky Blues began their season on a grassy pitch in Marlay park.

The start of the season seems to have come too early for some players, and Spartak were also missing Graham Breen and Karl McCullough through injury.

A pedestrian first half was brightened only by some excursions down the right wing by David Kernan , but his crosses could not find a Spartak attacker. Steve Walsh featured briefly to fire past a post, while Stuart Love, the most industrious player on view, headed narrowly wide. At the other end a lapse of concentration by Lee Malone saw Paul Kinsella cover at the expense of a yellow card. Indeed in a separate incident Paul was fortunate not to concede a penalty with a clumsy barge which the ref adjudged to be just outside. Spartak also had a penalty shout when Steve Walsh was barged but claims were waved away.

Indecisive defending saw a Palmerstown forward have a clean run on goal, but Jason Northey pawed his effort away.

Spartak remained sluggish at the start of the second period with Lee Malone recklessly firing across his own penalty area to an opponent, who luckily fired wide.

Better passing by Spartak paved the way for the lead goal on the hour when Seamus McCahill coolly finished after a good passing move following Neil McGowan recovering a ball he had just lost to start the sequence.

Spartak were unlucky to have a “goal” chalked out for offside when a long cross by Paul Kinsella from deep eluded both David Kernan and the keeper for Neil McGowan to race in and stretch to net. A cross by Seamus McCahill then eluded Jeff Gamble just yards out.

Palmerstown had a nice move and the striker struck the post when an equaliser seemed inevitable.

Spartak were now playing on the break and Seamus McCahill played in Ciaran Keane who had a clear run on goal but the keeper blocked. On a couple of other occasions good passes released Steve Walsh but he was unluckily deemed offside.

With just 90 seconds to go a long ball by Palmerstown saw indecision by Jason Northey allow a simple looping header to equalise.

Form Report
Jason Northey 5 Lee Malone 5 Aodhan McCahill 7 Steve Grier 7 Paul Kinsella 7 Stuart Love 7 Neil McGowan 6 David Kernan 6 Seamus McCahill 7 Jeff Gamble 5 Steve Walsh 5
Subs: Ciaran Keane 5 Ken Buckley 5

No Joy

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

Sallynoggin Pearse 3, Spartak 0

A combination of poor defensive decisions and some

Sallynoggin had the best of the first half and made plenty of inroads down their right flank, where Chris Hogan had an unhappy time. Keith Kelly and Martin Costello shored up the defence, but it was poor distribution by the latter that allowed the home side to break and take the lead on 18 minutes; just before that the home right winger had struck the post.

Despite having less possession, with Shane McInerney and Ken Buckley trying to man the pumps in central midfield, Spartak had a glorious chance to equalise when Jeff Gamble sent Ciaran Keane through one on one, but the finish was dragged wide.

Worse followed on 26 minutes when a Chris Hogan throw in was directed into a nest of home players; the consequent cross was converted.

Bobby Hayes made a good stop at the start of the second period when the right winger again got in behind. Again Gamble squared for Keane, but with the home keeper scrambling the shot was screwed wide.

Conor Callis belatedly came into the game and hit the bar with one effort and had another blocked, and then when Aaron Ormerod put him through he lifted the ball past the keeper but wide.

The third home goal finished the game as a contest and resulted from a poor throw out by Bobby Hayes from which Spartak never got possession, and the home side struck a good shot from the edge of the box.

Form Report
Bobby Hayes 6 Conor Canavan 6 Chris Hogan 4 Keith Kelly 7 Martin Costello 7 Shane McInerney 6 Ken Buckley 6 Conor Callis 6 Mick Greene 6 Jeff Gamble 6 Ciaran Keane 6
Subs: Dermot Dooley 7 Aaron Ormerod 6

Pacy Workout

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

Mt Merrion u18s/19s 1, Spartak 1

A late penalty miss by Seamus McCahill denied the Sky Blues a friendly victory over the Paul Burke managed Merrion side. Overall a draw was a fair result in a lively contest on the Benildus Astro.

A neatly taken Ross Kelly goal gave Spartak the lead early on but the locals equalised before the break when Jeff Gamble lost possession as Spartak broke well and fast, leaving scant cover, and Spartak were duly punished.

Niall Lennon had an industrious evening and passed well; Paul Kinsella and Martin Costello kept things tight at the back, and Conor Callis’ speed kept the Merrion defence on the back foot. Indeed a more direct approach by Conor might have paid dividends, but he did provide a couple of highlights, rounding the keeper only to have is shot blocked on the line, and later winning the penalty with his persistence.

Lee Malone, Fergus Burke and Stuart Love all had stints in central midfield, and all looked in need of the run to build fitness and sharpness. Ross Kelly toiled up front, showed good touches and had his goal as a reward for his efforts, but 45 minutes proved enough as he works towards fitness.

Jeff Gamble excited and frustrated his colleagues, often in the same move, and too often opted for the riskier passing option. Mick Greene filled two positions in turn adequately, first in goal and then at full back, while on the other flank Dave Browne had to resort to any available methods to combat the opposing winger’s pace.

A resourceful display and a decent step towards the oncoming season.

Man of the Match : Paul Kinsella

Form Report
Mick Greene 6 Lee Malone 5 Dave Browne 5 Paul Kinsella 7 Martin Costello 7 Fergus Burke 5 Jeff Gamble 5 Conor Callis 7 Ross Kelly 6 Niall Lennon 7 Stuart Love 5 David Kernan 7 Jason Northey 6 Seamus McCahill 6 Chris Hogan 6 Kevin Loftus 6

Chances Spurned

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

Celtic Park 3, Spartak 0.

The scoreline did not reflect the game as a whole; Spartak dominated the opening period in Beaumont Convent but failed to get on the scoresheet. Celtic Park fielded eleven fresh players at half time, and aided by a very soft penalty decision, went on to win.

In the last 20 minutes Spartak strove to get back in the game, throwing caution to the wind, and Ross Kelly and David Kernan each missed good chances close in. David Kernan and Jeff Gamble worked valiantly to get the attack going and showed decent stamina and skill.

The first half saw Spartak move the ball well and Kernan, Jeff Gamble and Conor Callis displayed energy and movement, but without applying the final, decisive, touch. In midfield Lee Malone and Shane McInerney kept the supply line to the front line going and supplied defensive cover.

Conor Callis shot over after an excellent move by Gamble and Lee Malone; Conor Canavan, sent clear by Malone, fired a cross over with men well placed inside; Shane McInerney’s cross found Jeff Gamble but his close in effort was cleared for a corner. Shots by Malone and Callis went close, and there were several goalmouth scrambles.

In defence there was little to do apart from a lapse when Chris Hogan was caught in possession, but Jason Northey advanced to block.

On 50 minutes the penalty was award for a push by Paul Kinsella and Celtic Park’s fresh team began to take control. A very soft second goal gave them a two goal advantage and the third goal was a result of Spartak going for broke in attack.

Positives in general play from the first half, but punishment often follows when teams don’t press home their advantage.

Man of the match : David Kernan

Form Report
Jason Northey 6 Chris Hogan 6 Ciaran Keane 7 Paul Kinsella 7 Dave Browne 6 Shane McInerney 6 Conor Canavan 6 David Kernan 8 Lee Malone 6 Jeff Gamble 7 Conor Callis 6
Subs: Kevin Loftus 6 Luke Foley 5 Aaron Ormerod 5 Stuart Love 5 Ross Kelly 5

Pre Season Training

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

First Pre Season training session takes place, as a one off, on Firhouse Carmel’s pitch beside Scholars pub on Thursday July 10.

Season starts on 16/17 August, with friendlies before then.

We start on Thursday at 7.15.

Dave Mohan Tournament a Big Success – Thank You

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

A bumper turn out ensured that the tournament was an all round success, both as a charity fund raiser and in terms of organisation on the day. An enjoyable day all round, and a good tribute to our late colleague.

Thanks to all who took part.

Roll on next year.

Dave Mohan Memorial Tournament

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

The Dave Mohan Memorial Tournament takes place this Sunday 25th May in the Postal Club on Kiltipper Road. The first round of matches kickoff at 10:30am. All fees must be paid in advance. We ask that all teams are at the venue 30 mins before their first game. There will be a raffle on the day. Tickets are €10 and there are some very decent prizes. There is also a full bar in the Postal Club which also serves food.

Dave Mohan Memorial Tournament: Sepp Blatter has made the Draw!

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

Details of draw and schedule of games for Dave Mohan Memorial Tournament which is in the Postal Club, Kiltipper, on Sunday 25th May. First games kick off at 10.30 am.


Ireland (Shea’s Monday night team)
Sweden (Jason Doyle)
France (Brian Farrelly)
Belgium (Mick Costello)
Ireland v Sweden

France v Belgium

Ireland v France

Sweden v Belgium

Ireland v Belgium

Sweden v France

Wales (Greystones 1)
Portugal (Ger Byrne)
Holland (Dundrum 1)
Scotland (Brian Burgess)
Wales v Portugal

Holland v Scotland

Wales v Holland

Portugal v Scotland

Wales v Scotland

Portugal v Holland

Poland (Greystones 2)
Serbia (Dundrum 2)
Greece (Larkview)
Spain (Paddy Hughes)
Poland v Serbia

Spain v Greece

Poland v Greece

Serbia v Spain

Poland v Spain

Serbia v Greece

Italy (Spartak Over 35′s)
Denmark (Stephen Carr)
Ukraine (Dave Browne)
Germany (Graham Breen)
Italy v Denmark

Ukraine v Germany

Italy v Ukraine

Denmark v Germany

Italy v Germany

Denmark v Ukraine

Italy (Spartak Over 35′s)
Denmark (Stephen Carr)
Ukraine (Dave Browne)
Germany (Graham Breen)
Italy v Denmark

Ukraine v Germany

Italy v Ukraine

Denmark v Germany

Italy v Germany

Denmark v Ukraine

Group Time Pitch Team Team
A 10:30 1 Ireland Sweden
B 10:30 2 Wales Portugal
C 10:30 3 Poland Serbia
D 10:30 4 Italy Denmark

Group Time Pitch Team Team
A 11:20 1 Ireland France
B 11:20 2 Wales Holland
C 11:20 3 Poland Greece
D 11:20 4 Italy Ukraine

Group Time Pitch Team Team
A 12:10 1 Ireland Belgium
A 12:10 2 Sweden France
B 12:10 3 Wales Scotland
B 12:10 4 Portugal Holland
Group Time Pitch Team Team
A 10:55 1 France Belgium
B 10:55 2 Holland Scotland
C 10:55 3 Spain Greece
D 10:55 4 Ukraine Germany

Group Time Pitch Team Team
A 11:45 1 Sweden Belgium
B 11:45 2 Portugal Scotland
C 11:45 3 Serbia Spain
D 11:45 4 Denmark Germany

Group Time Pitch Team Team
C 12:35 1 Poland Spain
C 12:35 2 Serbia Greece
D 12:35 3 Italy Germany
D 12:35 4 Denmark Ukraine
1/4 FINAL 1 1/4 FINAL 2 1/4 FINAL 3 1/4 FINAL 4

13:10 Pitch 1 13:10 Pitch 2 13:10 Pitch 3 13:10 Pitch 4
Winner A Runner Up B Winner B Runner Up A Winner C Runner Up D Winner D Runner Up C


13:40 Pitch 1 13:40 Pitch 2
Winner 1/4 Final 1 Winner 1/4 Final 2 Winner 1/4 Final 3 Winner 1/4 Final 4


13:40 Pitch 3 13:40 Pitch 4
3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group D

FINAL 3rd / 4th Place Play Off

14:10 Pitch 1 14:10 Pitch 2
Winner Semi Final 1 Winner Semi Final 2 Loser Semi Final 1 Loser Semi Final 2

SHIELD FINAL SHIELD 3rd / 4th Place Play Off

14:10 Pitch 3 14:10 Pitch 4
Winner Shield Semi Final 1 Winner Shield Semi Final 2 Loser Shield Semi Final 1 Loser Shield Semi Final 2

Year End Nominations: Presentation Night

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

The annual trophy presentations will be on Friday 23rd Ma in he Eden House at 8.30 pm.

A bumper vote was received for the annual awards.

First team player of the year nominations are:
Paul Kinsella, Fergus Burke, Neil McGowan and Steve Walsh

Second Team player nominations are:
Mick Leslie, Fintan Grace and Jeff Gamble,

Over 35s nominations for player of the year reveal a straight shoot out between Brian Farrelly and Brian Burgess

Clubman of the year had a wide range of nominations and will be announced on the night.

Presentation night is Friday 23rd May

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

Annual Player of the Year presentations will take place in the Eden House on Friday 23rd May.

Evening kicks off at 8.30 and may well continue into the early hours……..