St Patrick’s CYFC update Nov-Dec 2014

By David Nolan

Pictured: Thomas Dunne helps the amateur Irish team to qualify for the UEFA regions cup finals.
Pictured: Thomas Dunne helps the amateur Irish team to qualify for the UEFA regions cup finals.

As 2014 draws to a close and we all look forward to the festive period, there is still the small matter of playing out the final few league games for both our Senior and Saturday sides.

It’s been a very mixed period for the club. The senior team only recently ended a three-game losing streak in the league by drawing 2-2 at home to Glebe North.

The three losses came after a storming start to our league campaign. Winning our opening three games, Derek Bowden’s side then went on to lose narrowly away to Bluebell, Greystones and Killester Utd, and were unlucky not to come away with points in two of those games.

Recently CY lost out 4-5 at home to league favourites Bluebell Utd in what was a cracker of a game in Ringsend. As we go to print, the Senior sides record stands at played eight, won three, lost four with one draw. That total of 10 points places the club in mid-table. Unfortunately, we are out of the Intermediate cup.

This will be the first season since 2010/11 season that we haven’t reached the last 16, which gains you automatic qualification for the 2015 FAI Senior cup.

Our Saturday side also sit in a mid-table position but have struggled to find their feet this season. The team has been completely re-built with most of the side joining from schoolboy football, and it will take time to adjust to Senior/Junior action. There have been positive signs in recent weeks with a solid 1-2 win away to Peamount/Moyle Park helping the Paul Andrews/Alan Murphy managed side to put some heavy defeats behind them in the previous few weeks.

Away from the on-field action and as always CY and its hard-working committee are busy ensuring that the club is functioning at a level that matches the expectations put on the playing staff. All players are kitted out in high quality match day and training gear supplied by O’Neill’s sports. Many thanks to Patrick Healy and Peter Dowling for all their efforts in this area.

The monthly draw has as always been a great success and has been run expertly by Patrick O’Keefe and Mark Byrne. Our annual Xmas draw tickets are now on sale, with the raffle itself scheduled for Sunday December 21st. Our Xmas party takes place the night before both in the Irishtown House, a well-deserved night out for all involved at the club.

Finally, from a promotional point of view we would like to let you in on our plans to launch a ‘calendar boys’ calendar for 2015. We will launch on December 13th in the bar of the Irishtown House, with all sponsorship and sale proceeds going to Our Lady’s Hospice in Blackrock, a very worthwhile cause and we hope to get strong support from the community.

Finally, we would like to welcome back to the club Glen O’Connor who has ended his time with Longford Town. Glen is a top addition to our senior squad.

That’s pretty much it for 2014, a mixed year, difficult times which we have come through and have grown stronger. We would like to thank all in the community for their continued support, and we wish everyone a fantastic festive period and a happy new year.