AFL1 St Sylvester’s 0-9 Skerries Harps 0-6 Our senior football team opened their league campaign with a hard-fought win over newly promoted Skerries Harps, who brought a large crowd to Broomfield for the game (hopefully we can do the same for our away games!). The match was played in very difficult conditions with persistent rain and a strong wind blowing down from the car park end.
Nice recognition fro Ross Hazely, one of our most consistent high performers over the past ten years and one of my favourite players at St Sylvesters, captaining Dublin in a challenge at TCD last Sunday. Gary Sweeney also showed well in this game and both lads can be seen this Sunday against Skerries at Broomfield.
With the new AFL1 starting in Broomfield next Sunday it would be really nice to see us using the scoreboard again at senior games. I always think we miss a little of the athmosphere and pomp by not using the scoreboard at these premier Dublin games but we need a volunteer to step up and take responsibility. Most mentors have the keys and I'm sure Cotsie or Conor or one of the senior metors will set you up. Come on, someone from the crowd please step forward every week and make this happe. Next Sunday sees Ciaran and Derek Roche bring their newly promoted Skerries Harps to Broomfield for their first ever AFL1 game We wish them luck, just not as much as we wish Syls luck, of course. And it would be nice to see the scoreboard used for all games on pitch 1, adds a bit.
The Inters had a one point win at home to Nmh Barróg in the Loving Cup giving us 3 poits from 4, the Junior A team had their first win of the year with a 2-09 to 2-02 win over Pats of Donabate while the Junior Bs made it five points from six with a late comeback to win by two over Erins Isles.
Top Oil Dublin Senior B Football Final Venue: NGDC Abbottstown 3G Pitch Malahide CS v Clonkeen Col 2pm Ref: David Sweeney
St V de P Cup Four point win I believe, always nice to start the season with a win. Syls played a fairly direct brand of football. Lots of new players getting a run was also encouraging. The game was dominated by a gale force wind straight down the field and a penallty mid first half with the wind behind them kept Maurs in the game and Syls were slow enough to kill off the game in the second half.
Duffy Cup Na Fianna 1-05 St Sylvesters 3-11 Excellent win in awful conditions against a decent looking Na Fianna. To be fair, we have quite a bit of experience on the field so we won't be getting too far ahead of ourselves but nice to get the win having worried about our ability to field given all the other games on today. Jamie Grey sealed the deal with a net ripping drive mid second half against a gale and this finally put the result beyond doubt. Ronan Gaine, Eoin Manning, Paddy McIntyre, Sean Quinn all did very well in a side where Mark Reilly, the Roches and Kevin Meehan gave us a solid base. Phil Murray did the business in goal when asked by a few good Fianna efforts and Vinnie Kirrane had an excellent all round game.
Vincents pulled out of the VdeP game and the seniors played a very lively in-house game, I liked the movement and the energy. The Inters had a bye this week and the Junior As loost over at Peregrines.
We were caught a little off guard with a late addition to the fixture list but nonetheless there was a great turnout and thanks to all the lads who ensured we did not go short. We're sti;; looking for players as we will need a good panel to get us through the year. Training is with the Junior A team on Tuesday and Thursdays at 8.00pm thanks to Shay Byrne and his team. We drew 0-13 to 1-10 against Man O War. We had 21 players and everyone got at least half a game. There was a good crowd up there too. It was great to the likes of Shay Keogh (5 points), Derek Roche (3 points), Ciaran Roche (2 points),Kev Meehan (1 point) back playing again. Paudy Tracey and Killian Haverty chipped in a point each too.
U21 FC B Final St Sylvesters 2-13 Raheny 0-13 U21 is a great competition and this final between two young fast teams lived up to the expectations of a large crowd. Raheny raced into an early lead with some excellent points but a long ball into the square from Jack was fielded by Collie Byrne who beat his man to goal and Syls never really looked back. An unnecessary sending off of one of the Raheny backs took some of the sting out of the game. As often happens, we lost our way for a while and Raheny played a more direct game, closing the gap to to three points with about 10 minutes to play.
U21 FC B semi final St Sylvesters 3-12 Clontarf 1-05 A big Syls crowd showed up expecting a tough championship encounter. Not so many from Clontarf and the respective performances seemed to match the crowds enthusiasm. There was a minutes silence observed in memory of Declan Morris who passed away recently. Although more recently associated with hurling, Declan was also a great supported of our footballers and the Dubs and the three Morris lads are all duel players.
Brian Talty sent me this picture from the lads re-union this week. Great to see so many of the lads still around and involved. Attached is a piece we featured last July to commemorate the win.
New rule applied from Jan 1st 2017
MFL2 League Final St Sylvesters 3-08 Lucan Sarsfields 2-07 A deserved league title for this team after a an excellent four point win over an equally impressive and competitive Lucan. Smashing hard hitting game. A late solo goal from substitute Sean Daly gave us a five point cushion and an even later point blank save by Sean O'Connor helped us seal the win.
Former Dublin mid-fielder and 1994 All Star Jack Sheedy has been appointed to run our senior football team. Jack will be joined by his Dublin team mate and Syls player Niall Guiden, along with Anthony Keogh, Cathal O'Donnell and Conor Dunne. Congratulations to the Football Committee on appointing such an experienced player and coach and we look forward to 2017. Best wishes to the new management and the very committed panel of players. Syls Abú.
Syls are now recruiting a management team for our Intermediate team. We would welcome anybody interested to contact Brian Talty or St Sylvester’s secretary Fergal McStay
Still some silverware to be won, the Minors are in a playoff versus Castlenock) for Division 2 League. The team have been going very well lately so we have high hopes. 11-..am Sunday 4th at Broomfield.
MFL2 I didn't get the score but we won well over Whitehall in Broomfield this morning to qualify fo rthe playoffs of Div2 of the Minor Football League. Still some silverware to play for , semi final next week hopefully - I think against RT Lusk who gave us a good hiding a few months ago.
U21 F B C'ship Ballinteer St Johns 0-09 St Sylvesters 0-15 Won by six, could have been sixteen, smashing energetic display fro a very young team. We were very solid down the middle and that gave us a platform for the lighter but very fast minors.
Under 21 footballers playing tomorrow in championship v Balinteer St Johns 2pm Balinteer Community School
Syls U21 Football will be managed this year by Paul Hussey with assistance from Seamus Early, Cathal O'Donnell and Kenny Lawlor. First game in the U21 B Championship is this coming Saturday 19th against Ballinteer I believe - will post details when I can find them. The U21 Hurlers are managed by Leonard O'Carroll with assistance from Jimmy Deneher, Anthony Cooney,Bernard Boran and Liam Foley. They had a walkover awarded by Round Towers C last Saturday in the U21C quarter final (I think Towers had a clash with Inter Hurling). U21 is always a great competition, watch out fofr details and get out and support Syls.
Anbody interested in get involved managing our u21 Football team ,please email Brian Talty at firstname.lastname@example.org>
SFC 2nd rd Castlenock 1-13 St Sylvesters 0-12 Disappointing result for us, missed two late penalties in a late rally that just did not yield the needed scores. Sorry I missed the game, anyone offering a report? Thanks to Peter for the pictures.
AFL1 Lucan Sarsfields 1-10 St Sylvesters 0-16 Four points to one down after ten minutes, we got on top around half back and midfield and quicker ball in to Conor and Niall yielded a string of good points to give us a temporary lead. A few mistakes at the back gave up a converted penalty and two points and we trailed by two for about 20 minutes over the break. We dominated the second half and made plenty of chances but it still took a long time to recapture the lead with a string of Coughlan and Meaney points and we weathered a late Lucan charge that yielded three points with some excellent defense.
I think another 4 point loss, disappointing second half performance, missing a lot of players this evening.
AFL1 St Brigids 1-09 St Sylvesters 0-08 Definitely a game we should have won. Just did not convert up front, simple as that. We recovered from a slow start against the wind with a couple of Conor Meaney points, Micháel hit one and Garry another and we looked good at 5 to 4. A foul on Garry somehow resulted in a quick break for Brigids and they goaled and pointed and suddenly had dailight between us. Playing into wind and rain, conditions were certainly difficult, but we did create about 6 more scoring chances but poor shooting and wrong options conspired against us.
Brian Talty reminded me to mention that it was 20 years since Syls won our only ever Dublin Senior Football Championship. I took a look at my archives, courtesy of Brian Colgan a few years ago, and was struck by the number of lads still very involved in coaching, some still playing, a great tribute to St Sylvesters.. Have a root through the pictures and news clippings, pretty cool stuff. I think Talty said he was going to buy a pint some evening, maith fear, mines a Guinness.
MFL2 GrB St Sylvesters 3-09 Naomh Marnóg 0-13 The minor As jumped to the top of the league with a hard fought win over our local rivals. Peter was present with his trusty Canon and captured some good moments.
AFL5 Lively game on pitch two and an important win for Syls. I was particularly impressed with the running and point scoring of Alex Wright, it's been a while since I've seen him play.. Andy at full back and Airy at Centre give us a solid defense and with lads like Niall Higgens, Kevin Lynott, Eoin Hammill we had a good side out for our fourth adult game of the weekend.