Dub Sub Confidential named Setanta Sports Book of the year. Autobiography by former Dublin substitute goalkeeper John Leonard bags inaugural prize. John was a long time player on our Senior Football team, buy his book and make him a best seller, congratulations John.
I think we lost by seven points to old rivals Kilmacud Crokes and it was probably our poorest display of this opposition. We started ok but quickly fell off the pace playing into a cold wind, looking cold and sluggish in ourselves against a fairly confident looking Crokes managed by Syls man Gabrial Bannigan. We trailed 1-10 to 0-02 at the break but made a better fist of the second half, Jack gaining some foothold in the middle, Luke Troy setting up a goal and scoring a second but we were always 5 yards off the pace and finished 2-11 to 2-04. There was a great crowd expecting a cracker and it'shard to explain the performance.
Jamie lined out for Inishfails in Broomfield last Sunday in the AFL5 relegation playoff and, while our lads insist they held him scoreless he certainly gave an exhibition of full forward play and is in no way hampered by having only one hand. Jamie is the son of Sam Caul, another Balgriffen legend, was an acomplished Collegian soccer player in the US and is an inspiration to see him play, well done.
AFL5 Relegation Playoff - St Sylvesters 1-08 Inishfails 0-06 After working so hard last year to gain promotion from AFL6 we were up against it all year but retained our AFL5 status after a fine win over local rivals Inishfails in a very entertaining game.. Make sure you look at the pictures, Andy had his hands full with a lively one armed man at full forward. Andy insists he was on top all through but Peter did'nt make it look that way (of course, Peter has connections in Balgriffen). Congratulations to Shane Cowley and Traolacj O'Donnell and their very young team (including the evergreen Keith Galvin).
AFL3 Relegation Playoff St Sylvesters 1-08 St Finnians Swords 0-07 Smashing win in a hard fought game keeps us in AFL3 and ensures we have our second team playoing at a very high lkevel next year. Congratulation to Ciaran and Derek Roche and all the panel, great achievement after a very mixed season.
AFL1 St Sylvesters 1-13 St Judes 1-06 ?? Well, not really style as the weather was atrocious, but we finished the league with a very solid display, controlling the game from start to finish with some very encouraging displays, Beano was at his best at centre back, Gavin gave a great display alongside the ever excellent Ross, Conor Quinn again looked very tidy, Ronan and Collie Mc supported Beano well while Nockser was probably the pick of our front line.
The Adult Football Committee are now seeking expressions of interest in the position for the Minor A Football Manager for 2016. All expressions of interest should be returned to Ernie Brenner at email@example.com. The closing date for expressions of interest for all positions is Monday 2nd November 2015
AFL1 St Brigids 2-12 St Sylvesters 3-10 Although we led from start to finish, sometimes by 7 or 8 points, we were again happy to scrape over the line by the minimum margin and ensure we avoid the relegation lottery. We played some lovely deciisive football, especially in th efirst half where Jack opened with a goal and a point, Barry replaced Gary very early (I didn't see what happened), Michael, Dave Sexton, Nockser all hitting good points. Gavin and Ross were excellent in the middle while a new look defense had to cope with a very talented Brigids forward division.
AFL3 St Sylvesters 4-12 Ballymun Kickams 2-12 I just caught the last few minutes of the Inter game when Ballymun scored a goal and a point to take the lead and looked like we were in trouble but we re-grouped and finished with two good goals and a few points. I'm not sure what this means fo relegation playoffs as there are still a few games to play our for teams below us.
AFL1 St Sylvesters 0-10 Na Fianna 2-12 A very poor first half saw us 2-09 to 0-05 at the break. We picked it up in the second half and outscored Na Fianna but never really pushed up on them in a way that might threaten their lead. We need a win from the Brigids or Judes games and need to find a bit of confidence and a bit of form as we are a little down in our boots at the moment.
The club would like to congratulate the following who have now qualified as Level 3 referees, and we wish them well as they take on a new challenge; Karl Archbold, Niall Higgins, Eoin Mc Carthy. Well done lads, Aidan
SFC A St Pats Palmerstown 4-06 St Sylvesters 2-08 A bit of a shock this evening in Garristown as our senior footballers fell away badly against Div 2 Pats team. We struggled through the first half, I counted 6 wides, a few good Gary Sweeney points, Gary shaved the outside of the post, a missed penalty by Pats, a poor goal conceded saw us behind 1-04 to 0-05 at the break.
Loving Cup Final St Sylvesters 1-10 Naomh Olaf 1-07 A hard fought win continues the good run for the Inter footballers and brings, I think, the first silverwear of the season to Syls. There was a good mix of young and old in our side and this certainly gave u sthe experience to handle some robust tackling while also spreading out the playand winning going away.Great to see John Peacock back in action, Luke Troy continued in goal, Dave Galvin, also coming back from injury, had a good game in the middle while Paudie White, Mark Finnrty and Dylan Connolly caused lots of problems up front.
AFL3 Fingallians 0-09 St Sylvesters 1-09 After losing our first six games of the year we have now won six of our last seven, the latest a hard fought win over local rivals Fingallians in Swords. Luke Troy had a run in goal and I'm told Colm Byrne had a real stormer in th emiddle.
AFL1 Parnells 1-06 St Sylvesters 0-17 Pretty comprehensive win over our local rivals almost pulls us clear of the danger zone. We fielded a fairly inexperienced team but still had plenty to spare even though Nells got back to four points mid second half with a goal and a few points. We kicked on with a string of points to win well in the end. Fair dues to the Parnells keeper who made three point blank saves from Jack, Niall and Paul to deny us a goal. Mark was again flawless from frees, Ronan, Shane and Ross ruled the middle, Aiden and Fionn marshalled a mostly steady backline.
As part of our development plans in Broomfield, I would like to remind members that we have now have a fully equipped modern gym on Broomfield. The gym is open for use for all paid up members. Glen Hazley is a recently qualified gym instructor and he has already arranged a training schedule on request for teams in all sections of the club. Glen can be contacted on 0876694290 Special thanks to CQA( click on their logo on the website for more info) for their support and sponsorship building the gym. Gavin from Joe Duffy Group has also donated equipment. Take a look at photos and see our senior football team during recent S&C training. Many thanks to all for their continued support. Ciaran Meehan Chairman
AFL1 St Sylvesters 1-10 Kilmacud Crokes 1-12 A soft early goal and missed chances in the first half were our downfall in this senior league game in Broomfield. It took us a while to settle but we recovered to trail by four at the break. The second half was much better from our perspective, we mostly controlled the game, Mark Hazely gave an exhibition of free taking but all too often our attack broke down through being dispossed or errant passing and we didn't take on enough scores to get at least a draw we would have deserved.
JFC D Fingal Ravens 0-08 St Sylvesters 0-03 Absolutely miserable evening away to Ravens in the D Championship with heavy sweeping rain which the home team handled better that we did. We finshed the first half five points to nill down but really should have had maybe a couple of points to show for our efforts. With wind advantage in the second half it took us too long to get on the score sheet, a nice point from Dylan followed by a trademark long range effort by Sean. Another point brought us within three and we had a good period of dominence but couldn't score again. mishandling the slippy ball, hitting the crossbar or being crowded out by a well organised Ravens defense.
A good crowd showed up to remember the famous All Ireland Feile win ten years ago. Four of the team are currently playing senior football and many more on the Inter and Junior teams. Joe Burke gave me a copy oof the video and I will post it soon.
AFL1 Very disappointing, we lost by three after leading for most of the game and generally looking the stronger team. Gary Sweeney gave a master class in the first half with a goal and five points, Ross was again a tower of strength in the middle, this time well supported by a more active Stephen Cunningham, Alan Foy made some great runs late on but a good move to create a goal at the death was weekly executed and Boden survived to gain the win.
Peter Hickey sent me a few pictures, great that the lads are getting a good run going.
AFL1 St Oliver Plunkett ER 1-12 St Sylvesters 0-10 We were pretty short staffed this evening with a lot of lads away but stayed with Plunketts for three quarters of the game before a goal with the wind gave Plunketts a bit of daylight. Stephen Finnegan hit a few nice points from placed balls and Ross Hazely in particular put it up to the opposition.
The Junior 4s won again in AFL9 last night over Clontarf for their ninth win in a row, eight in the AFL9. This completes a good week of two hurling wins and four football wins.