Spartak Advance in Shield

Filed under: Sunday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

29.9.19
Sallins Celtic 3, Spartak 4 (AET)

Spartak had to come from behind twice in normal time before Stuart Love nodded in the winner from Jason Fenlon’s cross in extra time.

Jason Fenlon had given Spartak an early lead, justified on the play, but the home team struck back with a powerfully driven free which evaded the grasp of Jason Northey, who had a fine game after recovering miraculously from grievous injury the previous week.

Poor marking from a free allowed Sallins to lead, until Kevin Cunningham drove in from close range. A good move by the home side with ten to go looked to have booked their passage to the next round, but a Steve Grier header in the 89th minute forced extra time.

Spartak sparkled in teh first period of extra time, making several chances before Love’s winner. The second period saw the home side throw caution to the winds; both sides had chances but none were converted.

Form Report
Jason Northey 7 Kevin Cunningham 7 Cian Stenson 7 Ian Harmon 8 Dave O’Kelly 7 Stuart Love 7 Neil McGowan 7
Amin Afsar 6 Steve Grier 7 Jason Fenlon 7 Keith Kelly 6
Subs: Owen McCormack 6 Dave Byrne 6

Torrid Start

Filed under: Sunday LSL team by: Paul McGowan

22.9.19
Tymon Bawn 2, Spartak 1

Spartak’s torrid start to the season continued as the Sky Blues went down to Tymon Bawn by the odd goal in three. A soft penalty award gave Spartak a chance to claim a point, but Steve Grier’s effort from the spot was easily saved by the home custodian. Neil McGowan’s effort from 20 yards gave the Sky Blues the lead, and good chances fell to Eric Barber, Jason Fenlon and Stuart Love, but to no avail.

A sloppy equaliser conceded on the stroke of half time was exacerbated by a goal conceded from a cornerjust after the break.

Jason Northey was fouled and had to depart, leaving the ten men to battle on, which they did. Guile was lacking however and apart form the penalty the best chance fell to Jason Fenlon who shot wide after a good Tom O’Driscoll pass.

Form Report
Jason Northey 6 Kev Cunningham 6 Dave Browne 5 Ian Harmon 7 Steve Grier 6 Stuart Love 5 Neil McGowan 6 Tom O’Driscoll 5 Eric Barber 6 Jason Fenlon 5 Cian Stenson 5

Friday Night Delight

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

12.4.19
Wayside 1, Spartak 2

Spartak came away with three points from an entertaining Friday night astro clash.

Wayside edged possession in the first half, but Spartak smashed two off the bar and scored.

Owen Marron cut inside and fired off the crossbar, while Niall Hanratty had a good shot also shudder the frame of the goal. In between, Billy O’Neill volleyed in sweetly from Steve Grier’s flick on, midway through the first half. One of Spartak’s better moves saw Amin Afsar fire wide of the near post after good work from Niall Hanratty and Owen Marron.

Ian Harmon and Steve Grier had snuffed out most home attacks, and Wayside failed to overly trouble Jason Northey.

Stuart Love, stretching, was just over iwth a header form Amin Afsar’s cross, while Niall Hanratty fired over after exchanging passes with Owen Marron.

On 67 minutes a Neil McGowan cross was turned into his own net by a home defender to make it 2.0.

A harshly awarded penalty gave Jason Northey the chance to shine, making a triple save before Stuart Love completed the clearance. Wayside then fired one in from the edge of the box to set up a late flurry. With all subs used, Niall Hanratty had to limp out the final few minutes as Spartak held firm.

Form Report
Jason Northey 7 Jimmy Dawson 8 Ian Harmon 8 Steve Grier 8 Kevin Cunningham 7 Niall Hanratty 7 Neil McGowan 7 Stuart Love 7 Amin Afsar 6 Owen Marron 7 Billy O’Neill 7
Subs: Kamel Moussa 5 Tom O’Driscoll 5 Dave Browne 6.

Sky Blues escape with points

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

7.4.19
Bohs SC 1, Spartak 2

An injury time penalty miss by the home side meant Spartak held on to the three points. It looked odds on a draw, but the spot kick was blazed over.

Indeed it was only in the last minute of normal time that Spartak took the lead. Steve Grier fired in a free from the edge of the box, having earlier seen a similar effort hit the woodwork.

Spartak took a first half lead when Owen Marron was first to touch in a long free kick from Kevin Cunningham. The hosts had created chnaces, struck the wood work themselves.

For a long spell it seemed that one goal would suffice, but confusion in the Spartak defence saw Bohs equalise with 15 minutes remaining. Substitutes made an impact, Billy O’Neill went close, while Jeff Gamble livened up the Spartak attack.

Then came the late late show.

Form Report
Jason Northey 5 Jimmy Dawson 7 Kevin Cunningham 7 Steve Grier 8 Ian Harmon 7 Stuart Love 6 Neil McGowan 7 Niall Hanratty 6 Owen Marron 6 Kamel Moussa 6 Cian Stenson 5
Subs: Mauro Segovia 5 Jeff Gamble 7 Billy O’Neill 7 Amin Afsar 5

Spartak edge past Tymon in Cup

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

31.3.19
Spartak 2, Tymon 0

A goal by substitute Kamel Moussa in the 83rd minute proved decisive, and finally broke Tymon’s resistance; Owen MAroon added number two in injury time.

Spartak began well, and Cian Stenson was just wide from Neil McGowan’s pass. Niall Hanratty’s snapshot was just wide; Tymon blocked an effort from Niall Lennon. Several more half chances came Spartak’s way, but it was not all one way traffic as the visitors number 10 was just wide with a good effort.

Frustration grew as Niall Lennon just failed to play Owen Marron clear, while Niall Hanratty unwisely attempted a chipped effort, easily saved, when Cian Stenson put him clear.

Tymon had a header from a corner just wide asthe tie threatened to drift away from the Sky Blues.

Finally, Cian Stenson’s cross travelled across goal for Kamel Moussa to drive it back inside the post, before Owen Marron added the second.

Form Report
Jason Northey 7 Kevin Cunningham 7 Ian Harmon 8 Steve Grier 8 Tom O’Driscoll 6 Niall Hanratty 7 Stuart Love 7 Neil McGowan 7 Owen Marron 6 Naill Lennon 6 Cian Stenson 6
Subs: Kamel Moussa 7 Dave Browne 6 Mauro Segovia 6

Northey inspires in Gutsy Draw

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

24.3.19
Spartak 1, Cabinteely 1

Injuries and absentees saw Spartak field the bare 11 against second place Cabinteely.

A fantastic display by Jason Northey, beaten only by a penalty, kept Cabo at bay. Jason made several excellent stops, not least when Billy O’Neill appeared to have been fouled, leaving the striker one on one.

The overworked Spartak back four played really well, and the visitors were shocked when Kamel Moussa smashed in from the edge of the box to equalise in a rare Spartak attack.

Mick Greene, in a free role, played a vital part of the resistance, while Neil McGowan and Stuart Love got through a mountain of work in centre midfield.

A satisfying result in the circumstances.

From Report
Jason Northey 9 Jimmy Dawson 8 Steve Grier 8 Billy O’Neill 7 Cian Stenson 8 Kamel Moussa 7 Neil McGowan 7 Mick Greene 6 Stuart Love 7 Mauro Segovia 6 Amin Afsar 6

Spot On Spartak win Cup Thriller

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

10.3.19
Spartak 4, Liffey Athletic 4
Spartak win 5-4 on penalties.

An injury and suspension hit Spartak could field only 11 players on this occasion; Glen Burke was included despite a groin strain, and made a significant contribution in the first period, before being reduced to walking wounded status in the second half.

Conditions in Marlay were heavy, with an early snow storm threatening the game. The sleet and snow blew over after about ten minutes; any more and there would have been a postponement.

Liffey took an early lead against the run of play, but some sprightly attacking play saw Spartak lead 3-1 at the interval; Glen Burke knocked in twice from close range, and also pulled back an over hit cross for Neil McGowan to
smash in.

A long range effort saw Liffey reduce arrears and a header from a corner, poorly defended, forced extra time. Liffey made several subs; Spartak were in effect playing with ten. Liffey took the lead for the first time after a mix up, but Dave Browne joyously headed in Niall Hanratty’s corner kick at the back post to force the shootout.

Kevin Loftus saved twice from the first spot kick, the ref having ordered a retake; but was injured in the process, Niall Hanratty had to go between the sticks, having uneasily scored the Sky Blues first effort. Cian Stenson, Neil McGowan, Kevin Cunningham all converted before Tom O’Driscoll banged in a peach of a pen to put Spartak in the next round.

Form Report
Kevin Loftus 8 Jimmy Dawson 7 Tom O’Driscoll 7 Kevin Cunningham 8 Dave Browne 7 Stuart Love 7 Neil McGowan 8 Niall Hanratty 7
Owen Marron 7 Glen Burke 8 Cian Stenson 7

Long Trip Rewarded

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

13.1.19
Edenderry 1, Spartak 3

Spartak struck early with a goal of the season contender. In a sweeping move, Kevin Cunningham sent Ger Byrne away on the right, and his cross was met first time on the edge of the box by Neil McGowan, whose venomous shot to the corner left the keeper helpless.

For most of the remainder of the first half, Edenderry were on top, and equalised, as well as discomfiting the Sky Blue defence. Blocks from Ian Harmon and a goal line clearance from Tom O’Driscoll kept the home team from adding to the score. In breaks, Cian Stenson hit the bar, and then had a good header form Kevin Cunningham’s cross clawed away by the keeper, while Niall Hanratty was just wide with a header.

It was a different story at the start of the second half, as Spartak upped the tempo. Cian Stenson again brought two good saves from the keeper, while Ger Byrne fired over from close range. Niall Hanratty was narrowly over from distance after spotting the keeper off his line.

Ger Byrne then exchanged passes with Cian Stenson before firing in low to put Spartak ahead.

The home keeper unfortunately collided with Cian Stenson and had to retire injured. (He was fine after the game). Edenderry were unperturbed by this setback and sought the equaliser. Twice they seemed to have achieved their aim, but marvellous clearances by Ian Harmon and Tom O’Driscoll prevented them.

Tom O’Driscoll and Cian Stenson combined to allow Owen Marron to get the clinching score.

A satisfying win.

From Report
Jason Northey 6 Kevin Cunningham 8 Tom O’Driscoll 8 Steve Grier 7 Ian Harmon 8 Stuart Love 6 Neil McGowan 8 Niall Hanratty 6 Jimmy Dawson 6 Ger Byrne 7 Cian Stenson 7
Subs: Owen Marron 7 Dave Browne 6 Dave O’Kelly 6

Spartak Held Scoreless

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

9.12.18
Spartak 0, Bohs SC 2

A frustrating day for the Sky Blues.

Despite Spartak looking stronger, Bohs went in a half time ahead, thanks to a break away. Spartak ahd gone close when Amin Afsar hit the bar, but despite good possession , had not created too many clear chances. Jason Fenlon fired at the keeper from the edge of the box, and Neil McGowan had a first time effort wide.

Worse followed, as Bohs tacked on number two.

Spartak then responded, but could not reduce arrears; Steve Grier clipped the top of the bar, Owen Marron fired wide from close in, and the last 20 frantic minutes produced many chances for the Skay Blues, held scoreless for the first time this season.

Form Report
Jason Northey 5 Niall Hanratty 5 Dave Browne 5 Ian Harmon 7 Steve Grier 6 Stuart Love 5 Neil McGowan 6 Owen Marron 5
Jason Fenlon 6 Amin Afsar 6 Cian Stenson 6
Subs: Leo Behan 7 Niall Lennon 7 Ciaran Brady 6

Another Byrne Winner

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

1.12.18

River Valley Rangers 2, Spartak 3

Once again, Spartak were grateful to the goalscoring prowess of skipper Ger Byrne, who pounced for the winner from close range to clinch the points.

On a heavy pitch, the home side took the lead after some pressure. Jason Northey had already made a good stop, but could not prevent the score.

Amin Afsar went close before Niall Hanratty reacted quickest in the six yard box to equalise.

Ger Byrne sent Stuart Love away on the left and his first time cross was headed in by Amin Afsar. A collectors item.

A changeover caught out the Sky Blues and Ian Harmon could only propel the cross to his own net. Dave Browne risked all from another dangerous cross but fortunately his header went out for a corner.

Late on, Amin Afsar’s corner resulted in a scramble in the box, and the loose ball was fired in by an exultant Ger Byrne.

Form Report
Jason Northey 7 Kevin Cunningham 6 Dave Browne 6 Ian Harmon 7 Dave O’Kelly 7 Stuart Love 7 Amin Afsar 7 Neil McGowan 6 Tom O’Driscoll 5 Ger Byrne 7 Niall Hanratty 7
Subs: Jimmy Dawson 7 Niall Lennon 6 Luke Russell Hallinan 6