AFL1 St Sylvesters 0-18 Cuala 2-10 A super fifteen minutes just after the break when we hit seven or eight straight points without reply gave us a fairly convincing win over a depleted Cuala last evening. Maybe it was the fact that Micháel is away that gave the forwards the ambition to shoot on sight, they pretty much all contributed good scores. Dave and Brian Sexton led the way, Garry Sweeney carried brilliantly and is almost back to his best, Scooby and Ross owned the middle, Shane continued his excellent form of late.
AFL3 St Sylvesters 1-08 St Vincents 0-07 Very solid display, leading from start to finish but never by much, the backline in particular holding out a decent looking Vincents outfit while up front we were economical enough, converting just enough of scarce enough opportunities. This is our second win in a row and maybe, fingers crossed, the start of a good run.
AFL5 A Pierce Gibney penalty and a Kevin Casey goal were the difference in the second half as a more mobile Syls team pulled away from O'Dwyers in the last ten minutes after a tough tight game in Broomfield this evening.
SHC B Gr2 St Sylvesters 2-17 Ballyboden St Endas 2-11 Super win in Broomfield in a ding dong encounter against a Boden team we always struggle with. Not tonight, we strated in whirlwind fashion with early goals by Kev O'Flynn and a great team effort finished in style by Martin Ormonde and led by three at the break. Unlike recent games where we did not surface after the break, tonight Stephen Keogh won everything that came down the left and if he didn't score himself, and he did score at least four points, he won a free for Collie to score. Collie Byrne also nailed a few long range points from open play that helped keep Boden on the back foot.
The senior hurlers are playing Raheny in St Annes 7.15pm on Tuesday the 8th and Ballyboden in the Championship on Saturday 6.30pm in Broomfield. The Senior Footballers play Ballymun in Broomfield on Thursday 7.30pm in a 'friendly'.
Inter B C'ship St Sylvesters 3-16 Clann Mhuire 2-6 Impressive win at home in the first round of the B Championship giving us our first win in a while, hopefully a turning point for us.
The AFL9 team kept the flag flying with another emphatic win away to AIB 3-14 to 2-03 while the AFL5 team too a heavy defeat away to Na Fianna 3-17 to 1-05 and the Inters also lost away to the same Na Fianna. The seniors had an impressive win over previously unbeaten Fingal Ravens.
AFL1 St Sylvesters A ten point win in a game where we showed a bit of drive and style with something close to a full selection available. Jockser was back in the middle with Ross, Shane, Gary and Beano were devestating at half forward with Collie, Scooby and Glen very effective at half back. Pity we let Ravens upset us late in the game where they made a little comeback, having been well out of it mid second half.
V deP Cup Tuesday 19th What a pity I missed it. Great Game by all acconts, We won 3 - 18 to 3 -14 All our scores coming from play! Team: S.Finnegan, A. Lawlor, A. Kavanagh, G. Hazley, G. McArdle, C. McIntyre, K. Archibald, R. Hazley, J. Hazley, B. Sexton, G. Sweeney, S. Cunningham, N. Coughlan, C. Meaney, M. McCarthy. Subs M. Shiels, C. Quinn, A. Cunningham, J. Coughlan, P. Connolly, M. Hazley, B. McCarthy Scorers: M. McCarthy 0-8, N. Coughlan 2-0, G. Sweeney 0-5, J. Hazley 1-0, B. Sexton 0-3, R. Hazley 0-2 Also John Peacock returned to training after 8 months out with a back injury!
JFC D A two point win away to Maurs in the D Championship keeps our unbeaten run in tact for 2015, a great feat for a very young 4th football team at Syls. This was a great game in very windy conditions against a Maurs team that led for most of the game. I asked the lads last night who was Man of the Match and there was a pretty quick shout for Mossie (Derek Morris) who is having a great season in both hurling and football and is also coaching at juvenile and his ball winning and distribution from corner was indeed excellent.
JFC A St Sylvesters 1-12 St Oliver Plunkets ER 1-14 The reality of the higher grade caught up with us meeting a strong division 4 team in the Junior A Championship in Broomfield. It was a game we might have won and we battled to the end but couldn't get the second goal we needed to overhaul a good lead by Plunkets built up in the second half. A misunderstanding in the first half gave up a soft goal and left us chasing a lead even though we had a strong wind in our backs, two points adrift at the break.
Sorry I missed the game but we suffered a three point defeat to Cuala's second string at Ringsend on Satyrday evening.
AFL9 A very impressive display giving the high riding 4ths their fifth win on the trot in Broomfield on Wednesday. Stephen Donnelly gave a master class in free taking off the ground, one in particular from the right side off the outside of his boot raisin a great cheer. Ciann Walnutt raised another mighty cheer when he solo'ed up the middle, took it on the return and hit a brilliant strike to the net off the right post. Sean Halligan, not to be outdone, nailed a free from outside the 55, a huge effort that came down with snow on it.
AFL1 Ballymun Kickhams 1-16 St Sylvesters 0-7
MFL D2 A late Luke Troy point gave us the minimum margin and a good win in a very competitive game. There was a great crowd there to see a Brynn and Luke inspired drive and a few other handy forwards.
Nice to see our old buddy Nigel Dunne leading the resurgence in Offaly with 1-03 in the League4 Final on Saturday. Niggy put in a lot of good shifts for Syls over the years.
Vincent De Paul Cup Fingal Ravens 1-07 St. Sylvester’s 1-12 Our senior footballers got another good win on Saturday evening over a Fingal Ravens side who were coming off the back of a league victory over Ballymun Kickhams.
Good luck to Stephen Cunningham and the Dublin U21s in Tullamore against Tipperary today.
AFL1 St Sylvesters 0-13 Templeogue Synge St 0-06 A very solid half back line of Ronan, Collie Mc and Scrappy and mid field of Shane and Ross laid the foundatiopn for our first win of the year. Facing a cold strong wind in the first half we dominated and led by 7 to three at the break and it could have been more. We were slow to get on top in the second half, Synge St getting back to two points before we took ove and finished with five on the trot, Foy and Garry looking for goals on a few occasions.
Smashing game in Navan last night saw the Dublin U21s overcome a fine Kildare team in a very exciting Leinster Final. Conditions were poor with a heavy misty rain and very slippery underfoot and it looked like the game would die a death when Dublin hit 2-02 without reply mid first half but fair play to the Lillies as they took over for the next thirty minutes, going ahead by two points and holding Dublin scoreless until the fiftieth minute.
Navan 7.30pm tonight against a a well fancied Kildare. Best of luck to Scooby and the Dubs.
AFL1 Raheny 3-12 St Sylvesters 3-11 We rallied from an eight point deficit to draw level, went behind to a free and Dominic dropped a long levelling effort just short to leave us disappointed losing our second game in the league. Pity really, I felt we deserved the draw for a great fightback but we also made it very difficult for ourselves. We went behind early but a goal fro Niall Coughlan and points from Gavin and Micháel brought us back to two points behind at the break.
AFL1 St Sylvesters 1-15 St Vincents 3-16 The game ran away from us in the last five minutes after a brilliant second half performance saw us tied up at 1-15 to 2-12. Syls played three quarters of the game with 14 players after Aiden Lawlor was very unlucky to see two early yellows. Vincents scored a penalty and another goal giving them a nice cushion but we pointed two goal chances, Gary dropping the ball on the crossbar with Michael poised then Nockser blazed over with the goal at his mercy.
AFL1 Thomas Davis 0-12 St Sylvesters 1-09 A disappointing second half after a heroic first half performance saw us lucky enough to get a draw over a solid Davis team. We faced a wicked wind and rain in the first half and played some very controlled football. Davis went 6 to 2 up when Barry Ryan tenaciously won a penalty which Gavin finished nicely. Davis finished the half with a point and Syls defending bravely. Of course, the rain passed and the wind dropped at the break but we opened with a lovely Shane O'Connor point and looked poised to take control.
Shay Byrne has renewed his longtime partnership with Paddy Quinn, coaxed out of retirement to help with the Junior 4 team . . . welcome back Paddy.
Well, not really, but the American Major League Soccer MLS Player of the Year Robbie Keane dropped by Broomfield for a gentle jog with our senior footballers.
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.