Battling Point

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

25.1.20

Spartak 2, Ashbourne 2

Spartak held on for a gritty point against a confident Ashbourne side, who had most of the play and possession.

The Sky Blues took an early lead when Ian Corcoran fired to the top corner from 20 yards for a cracking goal.

Ashbourne took over for a period and snatched an equaliser before the break. The Spartak forward players showed a lack of ability to hold the ball up to take pressure from the defence and Ashbourne benefited.

Once again that man Corcoran was on hand to give Spartak the lead early in the second half, but pressure told and Ashbourne headed in from a cross. The visting number 5 showed impressive dribbling skills but was well contained by an in form Darren Hughes.

A hard earned point.

Form Report
Andy Hughes 7 Chris Hogan 7 Darren Hughes 9 Seamus McCahill 8 Kevin Murphy 8 Dwayne Curry 7 Conor Brady 5 Pedro Lopes 6 Owen McCormack 5 Liam Caffrey 6 Ian Corcoran 8

Subs: Enda Grogan 6 Conor Callis 5 Conor Canavan 5

Narrow Defeat in Balbriggan Mud.

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

11.1.20

Hyde Park 6 Spartak 5

A rip roaring game in Balbriggan, where heavy rain before the game turned the pitch to a quagmire.

An extremely slow start by the Sky Blues saw them concede three goals in the opening quarter. However the response was truly dynamic.

Lee Griffin contrive to miss an open goal from six yards; then he headed home from Dwayne Curry’s cross, but the goal was disallowed for offside against Ciarn Brady.

It was all Spartak now. Aidan Duigan headed in Dwayne Curry’s corner. Then Aidan got a second with a fine left footed volley. The equaliser quickly followed as Ian Corcoran slotted in following a scramble.

The lead came less than a minute into the second period. A terrific move involving Jack Rogers, Darren Hughes, Pedro Lopes saw Ciaran Brady lay it off to Aidan Duignan, whose shot from 25 yards sailed over the keeper to complete a perfect hat trick; right foot, left foot, header.

Gradually the home side regained their composure, aided by a strong bench, and led as we entered the final minutes.

A surging Ciaran Brady run saw his cross converted by Ian Corcoran.

Injury time will not be fondly remembered by Spartak stalwart Kevin Murphy, who was unlucky enough to concede a penalty and then with the final kick of the game shot wide after a fine Darren Hughes cross.

Result no, but the performance continued recent improved trend.

Form Report
Liam Caffrey 7 Chris Hogan 7 Darren Hughes 7 Jack Rogers 8 Kevin Murphy 7 Dwayne Curry 7 Aidan Duignan 9 Pedro Lopes 7 Ciaran Brady 7 Lee Griffin 6 Ian Corcoran 7

Post Christmas Friendly Win

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

29.12.19
Parkvale 0, Spartak 2

A calm dry day at Rockbrook saw two second half goals win the game for the Sky Blues in a good run out for both sides.

A brave save by Andy Hughes saw the ball cleared to Dave Browne whose first time pass sent Cian Stenson free. Cian drew a defender before releasing stuart Love aon the left, and his low cross was converted by Gerry McGuiness. A second goal by Cian Stenson clinched the result.

The Spartak defence was ably marshalled by Dave Byrne and Seamus McCahill.

Form Report:
Andy Hughes 7 Aidan Duignan 6 Dave Browne 6 Seamus McCahill 7 Dave Byrne 7 Stuart Love 6 Neil McGowan 5 Conor Canavan 5 Gerry McGuinness 6 Liam Caffrey 5 Cian Stenson 7.

Vital Away Win

Filed under: Saturday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

14.12.19
Leixlip 0 , Spartak 1

A vital away win secured with a fine goal by Conor Brady after Owen Marron’s persistence and speed had created the opportunity.

Spartak began the game strongly, and Dylan Scanlon had a very early chance which he screwed wide.

Leixlip then had a good chance after a free unnecessarily conceded gave them a shooting opportunity from a good position. Spartak got a slice of luck as the shot rebounded from the woodwork into the grateful arms of Andy Hughes.

After the Spartak breakthrough, Leixlip piled on the pressure, pushing men forward, and it took some brave defending from Spartak to prevent an equaliser. In particular a goalmouth scramble saw a series of great blocks to deny the hosts.

As pressure mounted, Spartak tried to break out, but were given offside ten yards inside their own half. Admittedly there was a lack of VAR to assist the ref.

Three points and a clean sheet.

Form Report
Andy Hughes 7 Chris Hogan 7 Darren Hughes 7 Jack Rogers 8 Kevin Murphy 7 Dwayne Curry 6 Ciaran Brady 5 Owen Marron 7 Owen McCormack 5 Dylan Scanlon 5 Pedro Lopes 6
Subs: Conor Brady 7 Liam Caffrey 6 Craig Hyland 5

Convincing Performance

Filed under: Saturday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

7.12.19
Mount Merrion Youths 1, Spartak 4

On a muddy and windy Bearna Park, the Sky Blues battled their way to an excellent win, despite going a goal down early on.

Ian Corcoran soon headed home Neil McGowan’s corner kick to equalise, and then Ian’s cross was finished by Pedro Lopes. Ian almost completed a purple patch when his shot struck the foot of the post.

In a comfotable second half Spartak added goals from Jack Rogers and Conor Brady, while Ian Corcoran fired a good chance over and James Flynn’s header brought a fine save from the home keeper.

Form Report
Bobby Hayes 5 Chris Hogan 6 Darren Hughes 8 Jack Rogers 8 Kevin Cunningham 7 Dwayne Curry 6 Neil McGowan 7 Owen Marron 6 Pedro Lopes 6 Stuart Love 6 Ian Corcoran 7
Subs: James Flynn 6 Conor Brady 6

Late Goals end Sky Blue Defiance

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

Date
Spartak 0, Walkinstown 2

Spartak played an effective low block which frustrated Walkinstown for most of the game. Enjoying the majority of possession, the visitors created few clear chances as the Sky Blues, forced on the defensive, put in a good shift.

The visitors frustration grew as their attacking moves were nullified by some excellent blocks, tackles and interceptions.

After Walkinstown took the lead on 76 minutes, Conor Brady had Spartak’s best chance; his low near post shot was parried away for a corner, which came to nothing.

A last minute effort put a gloss on the final scoreline for a relieved Walkinstown.

Form Report
John Luke Hayes 6 Barry Maguire 6 Chris Hogan 7 Liam Caffrey 7 Owen McCormack 7 Eric Barber 7 Leo Behan 6 Keith Kelly 6 Dale Mulllins 6 Conor Brady 6 Jason Fenlon 7.
Sub : Kevin Murphy 6

Sky Blues Pay the Penalty on the Double

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

19.1.19

Spartak 3, Clondalkin Celtic 5

An eventful game which saw Spartak concede two penalties – one foolishly, and the other extremely harsh

A score from a harsh penalty after 5 minutes put the visitors ahead. This was quickly followed by a sloppily conceded goal at the back post.

Mick Leslie fired over from a good position and Conor Brady had a right footed effort which was too soft to trouble the keeper. Neil McGowan clipped the top of the bar with a header, and also forced a good save from the Celtic custodian, before scoring via a post after good work from Dale Mullins. A second penalty needlessly conceded gave the vistors a half time 3-1 advantage.

Spartak began the second half in strong fashion, and Jason Fenlon was unfortunate to see his effort strike the foot of the post and rebound into the keepers hands. Dale Mullins, stretching, pulled his shot across goal and wide, and Kevin Murphy will rue his close range effort, firing directly at the keeper.
The visitors then stretched their lead by two to make it 5-1.

The Sky Blues showed a never say die spirit and hopes were lifted when a Neil McGowan volley from 25 yards was followed quickly by a visiting defender putting through his own goal.
Spartak piled on the pressure, forced a number of corners and scrambles, had the ball in the net but given offside.
Clondalkin defended frantically as the course of the game swung in Spartak’s favour, and were the happier to hear the final whistle.

Form Report
Steve Grier 6 Ciaran Brady 6 Chris Hogan 6 Owen McCormack 7 Kevin Murphy 5 Neil McGowan 8 Dale Mullins 7 Mick Leslie 5 Seamus McCahill 5 Jason Fenlon 5 Conor Brady 5
Subs: Billy O’Neill 6 Conor Callis 5 Tom O’Driscoll 6 Liam Caffrey 6

Last Gasp Equaliser

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

2.3.19
Mt Merrion 2, Spartak 2

Spartak took a valuable point in a wind ruined game in Rosemount.

Played on a cold afternoon in near gale conditions, both teams had to battle against the elements and their opponents.
Spartak took an early lead when a wind assisted effort by Carl Fenlon flew into the net.

Mt Merrion struck back and prodded home following a cross.

Spartaks’ best chance of the second half fell to Carl Fenlon, but he fired just wide after a good move.

Liam Caffrey produced some excellent stops to keep the Sky Blues in the game, but was beaten by a free kick with just three minutes left.

It was well into injury time, with Spartak throwing caution to the (very strong) wind when Mo Sheleg picked up a loose clearance and crossed for Seamus McCahill to knock in a deserved equaliser.

Form Report
Liam Caffrey 7 Chris Hogan 7 Mick Leslie 7 Seamus McCahill 8 Kevin Murphy 6 Eric Barber 6 Conor Callis 6 Mo Sheleg 5 Jason Fenlon 7 Carl Fenlon 7 Niall Lennon 8.
Sub: Corey Coyle 5

Six of the Best

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

9.2.19
Spartak 6, DCU 2

Spartak overcame a rugged DCU side in some style, leading by six until concentration lapsed to spoil the clean sheet.

A bad foul on Jeff Gamble necessitated an early change; the yellow card meted out to the culprit seemed hardly sufficient given the nature of the challenge.

DCU had claims for a goal when the ball was scrmbled off the line, but the ref ruled no goal. It wasnt until the 35th minute that the Sky Blues made the breakthrough. Mo Sheleg, on for Jeff, crossed; Neil McGowan and JAson Fenlon worked the opening for Conor Brady. Conor’s first effort skidded away wide of the posts, but Mo Sheleg retrieved the ball and crossed again. Conor fired high into the net. 1-0

Spartak quickly added a as second after good work by Kevin Cunningham and Carl Fenlon allowed Jason Fenlon to shoot home.

In the second half, confidence surged after Jason Fenlon scored from outside the box. Neil McGowan and Mo Sheleg combined to allow Carl Fenlon to make it 4; then when Neil McGowan was pulled down in the box, Spartak had the luxury of missing the resultant penalty, Carl Fenlon’s weak effort was easily saved, although the situation was retrieved Conor Brady slotted in the rebound.

Neil McGowan sent Conor Callis through to round the keeper and make it six, before late lapses gave the visitors a degree of consolation.

Form Report
Liam Caffrey 7 Kevin Cunningham 8 Chris Hogan 7 Seamus McCahill 7 Niall Lennon 8 Neil McGowan 8 Dale Mullins 7 Jeff Gamble 6 Carl Fenlon 8 Jason Fenlon 8 Conor Brady 7
Subs: Conor Callis 7 Mo Sheleg 7

Last Gasp Heartache

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

20.10.18
Spartak 2, Rosemount 3

A spirited comeback looked certain to end happily for the Sky Blues, as they fought back from a two goal deficit. Spartak looked the more likely winners until an injury time breakaway gave the visitors a scarcely deserved victory.

The first half saw the visitors in control and comfortably ease into a two goal lead , without much from Spartak in the attacking sense.

A fine move instigated by Mick Leslie saw Ger Byrne volley in Jason Fenlon’s cross to bring new heart to the Sky Blue cause. Dale Mullins gave Owen Marron a good opportunity, but the shot was straight at the keeper.

With just a few minutes left, Owen Marron and Dale Mullins combined to allow Jason Fenlon to sweep in the equaliser.

But failure to prevent a cross, right at the death, proved fatal to the Sky Blues hopes and saw the visitors leave elated.

Form Report
Greg Byrne 6 Andy Timmons 7 Leo Behan 7 Steve Browne 7 Owen McCormack 7 Jason Kelly 7 Dale Mullins 7 Mick Leslie 6 Owen Marron 5 Ger Byrne 6 Jason Fenlon 7
Subs: Conor Callis 5 Shane McInerney 6 Conor Canavan 6