Both Seaford teams are on the road on Saturday afternoon as they try to maintain their good recent form lines.
It's third place against fourth in Major 1B as Seaford travel to face Inchicore Athletic in Bernard Curtis Park, seeking to avenge a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture last October. Seaford turned in their worst display of the season that day, and were ruthlessly picked off by Core in the second half, but they will approach the rematch with confidence after four straight league wins propelled them into the promotion spots, albeit only on goal difference.
Promotion is out of reach for the Premiers, but they too could achieve a four-match winning streak by beating bottom-placed Rivervalley Rovers in Swords. It was against the same opposition that Eoin Dunne's men recorded their first win of the season back in September, and since then they are team transformed, having seen off Balbriggan, East Wall Rovers and Blackrock College in three different competitions since Christmas.
Although the Majors' fixture away at CIE Ranch has fallen victim to the weather, the Premiers are in action in the first match of a new springtime competition - the Rockfield Cup.
The curtain-raiser, fittingly, is a Rockfield Derby, as Seaford take on neighbours Blackrock College. The two sides have already faced each other twice this year, with College winning out on both occasions, albeit narrowly. An injury-ravaged Seaford side couldn't quite hold on to an unlikely lead on the opening day of the season, eventually going down 4-3, and Blackrock also edged the second encounter in December, netting the only goal early in the second half and hanging on despite a flurry of late chances for Seaford ,
The match will kick off a five-team round-robin competition, also featuring Premier 1 rivals Pegasus, who Seaford saw off 3-2 in November courtesy of a Ryan Scollard brace, as well as another local side Booterstown United, and their fellow UCFL outfit VEC FC.
With the Major's scheduled match at home to Beggsboro falling victim to the icy weather, the Premiers took centre stage this weekend and produced a memorable performance to knock East Wall Rovers out of the Wally Wynne Cup, recording a 5-2 away win in Drumcondra.
Only one match this past weekend as the Majors recorded a fourth straight league win to move into the top three in Major 1B. Stephen Canavan scored either side of half time to put Seaford in a commanding position in Dunboyne, and although the hosts pulled one back late on, Dave Higgins sealed the points with a fine solo effort in injury time. Read the full match report here.
The Majors host Beggsboro AFC next, while the Premiers begin their Wynne Cup campaign with a trip to face East Wall Rovers.
The Majors returned to action for the new year on Friday night with a superb effort away from home against much-vaunted Booth Road Celtic in the Ryan Cup. Seaford were eventually eliminated on penalties, having been just minutes from claiming a memorable scalp following extra time.
Booth enjoyed plenty of possession and no shortage of shots on goal, but couldn't make the breakthrough until the 78th minute. Seaford responded quickly though Collie Barrett, forcing the added period, and Barrett struck again to put the visitors in front. But after Oisin Geoghegan had saved Philip Sheppard's penalty, he was eventually beaten when deflected cross found the corner of his net with just three minutes remaining, and Booth went on to win the shoot-out 4-3.
Full match report is available here.
There was no competitive action for the Premiers, but they got a good run-out in a friendly win over Booterstown United at Dun Laoghaire IADT. Mark Sullivan netted both goals in a 2-0 win, which saw Seaford utilise almost an entirely different team each half, showcasing the strength in depth at Eoin Dunne's diposal.
The Premiers made light work of Balbriggan, turning in their best performance of the season so far to run out 7-2 winners. Top scorer Carl Doyle was ruled out injured, but Ryan Scollard took his place in more ways than one, his hat-trick taking him past Doyle to seven for the season. Midfielder Owen Brayden capped a fine performance with two of his own, with second-half strikes from Collie Barrett and Mark Sullivan completing the scoring. Read all about it here.
Mixed fortunes on the pitch this weekend, with a win and a loss for the club in a Rockfield Park double-header.
The Majors were involved in a tight and tense clash against Kilnamanagh, which was eventually settled by an injury time winner from Christian Firth, set up by keeper Oisin Geoghegan who had moments earlier prevented the visitors from nicking the three points themselves. Read the full match report here.
Meanwhile the Premiers ran out of luck against East Wall Rovers. First ever Seaford goals from Owen Brayden and Matty Sheehan had given the hosts a deserved 2-0 lead after a suberb first half display. But East Wall pulled one back before half time and early in the second, with Seaford keeper Simon McGinty injured in the process. That meant Adam Finnegan was forced to don the gloves, and the stand-in stopper couldn't prevent the visitors from taking the lead shortly after.
Carl Doyle netted an equaliser for Seaford but East Wall grabbed another to seal a 4-3 win.
Seaford got the job done during the opening quarter, as impressive goals from Shelton, Scollard and Sullivan secured a second win on the bounce away at bottom-placed Parkvale in Rathfarnham. Read the full match report here.
With a weekend off for the Majors, Seaford's Premier team are flying the flag with a trip to Rathfarnham to face Parkvale in Saturday Premier 1.
Eoin Dunne's side endured a difficult start to the campaign, with three straight defeats, but they have been gradually turned things around, suffering only two more losses in the next six. This run included a 2-2 draw with Parkvale at Rockfield Park in October, when Carl Doyle and Ryan Scollard netted as the hosts came from two behind to recover a point. Most recently, they made another comeback to turnover high-flying Pegasus, with Scollard netting a brace to make it three goals in just two starts for the season.
Parkvale currently prop up the table and are still waiting on their first LSL win, but have at least avoided defeat in three of their last four, having suffered six straight losses to begin the season.