Congratulations to our Junior A team on a very successful year winning the B Championship and gaining promotion to Division 5. Dublin great Ciaran Whelan (Declan McGrath called him one of the two best mid-fielders of the modern era alongside another friend of St Sylvesters, Dara O'Shea) presented the medals and we thank him for taking the time to visit Syls. In a very nicely managed event Shane did a lovely pen picture of each of the lads, Declan McGrath recounted the three year journey from Div 7 and many of the incidents along the way, Tricky set out the challenge for the coming season, Niall Kelly was awarded Player of the Year to a resounding applause and the place was decorated with some great pictures to remember the successes. Maith sibh go léir.
Inter footballers did 5k run in festive fancy dress to raise money for 2015.
As part of the process to put management and coaching structures in place for minor hurling and football teams for the 2015 season, the club are now seeking expressions of interest from those wishing to be part of the recruitment process: Please contact club secretary, Ernie Brenner on EBrenner@thegrand.ie or Secretary.stsylvesters.Dublin@gaa.ie
AFL6 Top 4 Final St Sylvesters 1-12 St Maurs 1-09 Tough tight game but we came out on top to gain promotion to AFL5 for 2015 and finish out a great season for our Junior As.This win will see us compete in AFL1, AFL3 and AFL5, a great platform to build from. Congratulations to Declan McGrath, Shane Cowley, Traolach O'Donnell and long time team members like Peter OByrne, Ciaran Murray, Rossa O'Donnell, captain Declan Markey and all the lads, great stuff.
MFC B Group A big win out in Clondalkin coupled with other results sees our Minor A footballers qualify for the semi final of the B Championship and the hope of a significant trophy for these lads.
U21A FC St Sylvesters 1-07 Kilmacud Crokes 1-09 We led by a single point with two minutes remaining but couldn't hold on for the win which, for us at Syls, was a great shame as we felt that, yet again we had a team capable of competing with the best. Reduced to fourteen in the second minute we recovered to lead 4 points to 3 at the break but really should have been 5 or 6 up, missing opportunities we might normally hope to score but the rain and underfoot conditions conspired against us. Jack Hazely goaled a few minutes into the second half and things looked better for us.
AFL6 Playoff SF St Sylvesters 2-07 Fingallians 1-07 Ciaran Mugser Murray saved a penalty late on to save our blushes after we made hard work of finishing out a game we had led well and looked home and hosed.Fins led by two points at the break having played with a strong cold wind in their backs but Syls soon levelled and pulled away after the break and goals from Dylan Connolly and Kevin Casey gave us a cushion but a Fins goal made it close to the end.
Our Junior A team, who have already won their championship, continue their pursuit for promotion to AFL5 with a semi-final playoff game against local rivals, Fingallians, this Sunday 2nd November at 11am in Broomfield. Please try to get out to support the lads.
AFL3 Ballyboden St Endas 0-02 St Sylvesters 3-12 Important win at Sancta Maria keeps us out of the relegation playoffs and secured our place in AFL3 for next year. We have a lot of young talent coming through and it's great to have so many playing at a high level. Well done to all.
Our Junior A's guaranteed themselves a 3rd place finsh in AFL6 after a 1.11 to 1.08 win in Broomfield against Skerries Harps. They now face Fingallians at home in a play off semi final to advance to AFL5. Meanwhile our Junior B's had a very encouraging 4.17 to 0.02 win in Dolphins Barn against Templeogue Synge Street.
AFL3 St Sylvesters 1-12 St Finnians (S) 0-07 Comfortable win in the end following an equally good win over Brigids mid-week has us almost safe in AFL3 after a rocky period recently. Defensively we were excellent making a string of good blocks mid first half to stop a Finnians onslaught when they were going well. Up front we took a string of good points late in the first half and a Conor Colclough goal at about 50 minutes closed out the game. A win over Boden or a few other possibilities will keep us out of the relegation playoffs.
MFC B GrB A last minute pointed 45 by Dylan Connolly secured a deserved draw in a lively championship group game against Lucan Sarsfields in Broomfield. It was a helter skelter finish to a pretty good game. We trailed by three going into the last 10 minutes, Simon pointed, Dylan pointed, Lee Duffy missed a sitter, Luke Troy hit the crossbar then Duffy goaled, only for Lucan to respond with an immediate goal leaving it to Connolly to tie it up with almost the last play.
SFC St Sylvesters 1-09 St Vincents 3-12 We trailed from start to finish and had no great complaints about the result, losing to a Dermot Connolly inspired Vinnies who, at times, looked every bit the All Ireland Champions that they are. We recovered from a slow start and looked in a good position at 1-07 to 1-05 at half time but a quick Vincents goal after the restart knocked us back. Again we responded with two fine points but a bit of genius by Connolly yielded another Vincents goal and we were chasing from there. We had a good spell mid second half but great work by Gary, Eoin Fanning and Micháel just didn't yield enough scores. One of the ladies team said how proud she was of our team and I can only agree. We came up against a fine team. See the report from Hill16
JFC B St Congratulations to Declan and Shane and their team who won over Civil Service at Parnell on Saturday. Declan will send me a report. The team have been building to this for a few years and the success is very well deserved.
Our Junior footballers have qualified for the championship final and will play Civil Service on Saturday in Parnell Park at 4pm. This team has steadily progressed over the last couple of years winning promotion to AFL 6 in 2013 and just losing out in the playoffs last year o move up to AFL5, as well as reaching three cup finals and winning two of them in the last three years.
As of 28th August . . . .Hurlers looking for Senior League status, need two wins . . . . other than that we are depending on championships for a bit of excitement . . . and I'm sure there will be some, starting this Saturday evening at Poppintree for Senior Hurling B Championship Quarter Finals and two weeks time Junior B Championship Final . . .
AFL1 St Sylvesters 0-10 Parnells 2-05 Disappointing loss in a game we dominated for about 50 minutes but didn't take enough scores. We were leading by two and still looking comfortable when Conor Mortimer earned a penalty that was well executed. We traded points but missed a couple of opportunities to equalise .It was a lovely evening with a big crowd but a pity to have lost a good lively game. Good to see Dave Galvin back in action after a long layoff.
JFC D QF St Sylvesters 1-09 St Oliver Plunkets ER 1-13 AET.Disappointing result in a game we looked like winning for long periods but we just didn't take our chances when we were in control and paid the price late in the game when Plunkets fresh legs off the bench seemed to make the difference.
JFC B SF St Sylvesters 1-12 Robert Emmets 0-11 Congratulations to the Junior A team on a fine semi final win over a nice looking Emmets team in Broomfield. We struggled early on and trailed 4 to 2 but a few changes just before the break yielded a good Kev O'Flynn goal and a few points and this knocked Emmets back. We dominated for a long while in the second half before a late Emmets charge made us concentrate till the end.
Junior A footballers go into the break on the back of wins 2-14 to 1-08 against Naomh Fionbarra at home on Sunday and 2-12 to 1-07 away to Clontarf on Tuesday. Next up semi final of Junior B Championship V Robert Emmets Sunday 24th August in Broomfield at 11.00.
The draws for the 2014 Minor Football and Hurling Championships took place last night and resulted in the groups as listed on the attachment. Commencement Dates - Minor Hurling - September 7th. Minor Football - September 14th. (dates subject to possible minor inter-county commitments).
AFL1 Kilmacud Crokes 0-16 St Sylvesters 0-14 Never out of it but always a couple of points off the pace on Saturday evening away to Crokes. We were very tight on our panel and didn't have the backup late in the game to make the push for the win. We did score plenty of good points, Jockser, Eoin Fanning, Niall, Alan Foy all contributing but the few goal chances we spurned in the first half were probably the missed chance to win.
AFL6 Sunday 27th V N Fionnbarra Broomfield 10.30 Thanks Declan
AFL3 St Sylvesters 1-09 St Finbars 1-15 A much depleted Inter team, relying on five minors, put up a game effort against the more mature Finbars but couldn't get through for the goals we needed late in the game.
AFL1 We lost by 4 points I think in a high scoring game. Disappointing to lose a very open competitive game against a Maurs team that are pushing hard to make the league play-offs. The lead changed hands a few times and we looked the stronger team in the first half but didn't convert enough in scores. Maurs upped the pace in the second half and a couple of goals gave them a good lead going into the final stages.
Our Junior B's advanced to the Q/F of the Junior D Championship with an impressive 2-22 to 0-03 win away at Naomh Barrog. Andrew Mc Donnell and Brian Danagher are doing a great job this year at the helm, even though they are both still playing themselves. . There is fantastic spirit in the team and they are playing a lovely brand of direct football.
AFL1 Ballyboden Et Endas 0-01 St Sylvesters 1-15 Good response to last weeks setback, Sweeney, Micháel, Foy, Gavin all in top form, defensively solid and won plenty of ball in the middle. Dominic got a bad belt (not sinister) and left in an ambulance, hopefully just a precaution, we wish him well.
Junior A's are into the semi final of Junior B Championship after a hard fought win in Westmanstown beating Garda 1-15 to 0-10. One of many star performers on the night was Daniel Mc Evoy who contributed 1-09. Score of the night went to Reuben Kirrane, playing at corner back, who got onto the end of a move which started deep in our own half to tap over from 14 Yards.
VdeP Cup Final Ballymun Kickhams 1-12 St Sylvesters 1-09 A good late surge was not enough to regain the Vincent de Paul Cup from Ballymun in a lively final at Pairc Cicaem. Playing with the wind in the first half we were not as clinical as the Mun and went in six points down at the break, Michael and Eoin our most successful forwards. Mike was a little isolated as we played too deep to be dangerous. The second half was a different story, we upped the pace and drove forward in a much more determined fashion.