St Patrick’s CY Update

St Pats CY Mar News4

It’s that time of the year again folks, Spring is in the air and the hectic football mid-week period is almost upon us.

The latter stages of league and cup competitions are in full swing and I’m delighted to report that once again CY finds itself in the thick of it all.

Beginning with our Division 2 Sunday side who, having went through a slight dip in form just after the Christmas break, have since gone into domestic overdrive. With a large, competitive squad Ed Saul’s charges have catapulted themselves into second position in the league and with games in hand over leaders Ballybrack they will hope to overtake their rivals soon enough. A Cullen cup semi-final looms against an as of yet unknown opponent. What we like to see as our “development” or “emerging talent” side has already produced a star for the future with goal keeper Claudio XXXXX recently been promoted to first team action. In his absence assistant manager Paul Andrews has donned the gloves and his experience is surely paying dividends.

Juts like our Div 2 Sunday side our Major1 Saturday side are also chasing domestic honors on two fronts- although promotion to the top Saturday division is most important. With provincial and national cup interest now subsided attention in recent weeks has turned to the league, important wins over local Rivals Ringsend Rover and UCD has positioned the team in second place with games in hand over leaders St Francis, a 2nd round Lanigan cup tie with Glebe North is also on the horizon. Hopefully Derek Bowden’s men can do the business.

Onto first team news. League wise it’s been a very patchy season. But back to back wins against Malahide Utd and Mount Merrion FC in recent weeks has pushed CY up closer to mid-table safety and with just seven league games remaining its hoped that better form and a bit more luck in front of goal will keep the bottom end of the table at a safe distance. Meanwhile cup action brings a welcome distraction, having secured FAI Senior cup entry again this season, through our Intermediate cup exploits the draw for.

The Senior cup first round was good to CY in that a home draw was pulled from the hat against Junior qualifiers. That game is scheduled to take place at the end of March. In addition to this Mark Benson’s side are also in the second round of both the Metropolitan and Cahil cups, two great competitions we will be hoping to make a mark in! A ll in all Senior status again next season is the main goal and we wish the lads all the best over the coming busy schedule.

Finally we would just like to thank Inter7’ for their recent generous sponsorship of a new away kit worn recently by our Saturday side (pictured). Inter7’s do fabulous work in the community and we are proud to partner with them, if any other local business’s would like to sponsor the club through various means please as always contact a member of our hard working committee.

By David Nolan