St. Patrick’s CYFC Update


The wintery weather has arrived, a period when only the most hardened of supporters will stand rigidly on the sideline.

That was indeed the case on Thursday November 14th as our senior side travelled north of the city to take on title hopefuls Tolka Rovers in a league tie. On cold nights such as this one you could do worse then watch a game at Frank Cooke Park. The Griffith Avenue venue is by far the best amateur football ground in Dublin and would put some of the facilities on offer in The League of Ireland to shame. A covered stand lines one side of the pitch with a shop selling tea and if you’re really feeling the chill you can watch the game from the comfort of the upstairs bar with a fantastic balcony view.

CY travelled to Tolka having enjoyed a mini revival following the appointment of Derek Bowden as manager. A result on this night would be a positive one given the strength of the home side. CY got off to a flying start despite missing a couple of key players, after just two minutes Alan Murphy scored what must rank as one of his best goals having cut inside from the right wing. With the ball hopping in front of him Alan struck from about thirty yards, the ball bending and dipping wildly as it found its way into the far top corner. Moments later striker Jay Doyle stabbed home from a Murphy corner kick. A two nil start just seven minutes in seemed to be just what the doctor ordered but also gave a quality opposition team playing at home eighty odd minutes to compose themselves and recover and that they did. CY eventually lost out by three goals to two on the night.

That result leaves our first team lying second from bottom, the three down three up system leaves the Y in a precarious situation but with sixteen league games to play and at least another four teams in a similar plight, there is a mini league developing at the bottom end, fighting for the right to remain in the senior division. On a brighter note CY have advanced to the 3rd round of the FAI Intermediate Cup and will entertain Glenville FC for the right to play in the last sixteen and gain entrance to the FAI Senior Cup for next season. Also in the Metropolitan CY dispensed with the challenge of Confey FC to set up a home 3rd round tie with Newbridge Town.

Our new look Saturday side continue to develop nicely and currently lie fourth in the top Saturday division. A recent 5-1 home demolition of Pheonix FC was the highlight from the past few weeks. They remain in the LFA Junior Cup and the domestic Lanigan Cup.

Finally with Christmas fast approaching we will be selling our annual festive draw tickets during the month of December, our usual loyal customers will know it’s a very worthwhile cause with fantastic prizes. Your continued support is most welcome and the club would like to thank everyone for their valued support.

By David Nolan