The Majors look to for a second consecutive win to start the season when they host Verona at Rockfield Park (Saturday, 12.00pm ko).
Both sides were promoted from Major 1B together, but whereas Seaford made a confident start by beating Sacred Heart in their opener, the Coolmine outfit lost to the same opponent in their first match, before losing a two-goal lead to draw 4-4 with Drumcondra on Thursday evening.
Last season, there was little to choose between the two sides in their two league meetings, with Seaford coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Rockfield before teh northsiders got their own back by denting Seaford's promotion chances with a 2-1 win of their own in the return fixture.
It'll be a quick turnaround for Burnsie's boys, who travel to face Columbas Rovers on Monday (ALSAA, 6.30pm) on the same evening as the Premiers host Pegasus St James (Rockfield Park, 6.45pm).
It's a frenetic start to the 2019/20 season , as both Seaford sides start their respective campaigns on Saturday and Monday.
First up it's the Premiers who face Stella East Wall at Rockfield Park (Saturday, 12.00pm). Eoin Dunne's side endured a poor start to the 2018/19 season but rebounded with a strong run after Christmas to secure a fifth-place finish, one spot below their opponents this weekend. But with a much more settled look to the line-up this time around, they'll be confident of firing on all cylinders from the outset.
Last time out, the visitors did the league double over Seaford, dishing out a 5-0 hiding in Drumcondra before edging a much closer return match at Rockfield Park, but it was Dunner's army who had the last laugh, producing a fine display to rout the Northsiders in the Wynne Cup.
It'll be a quick turnaround for the men in maroon, who travel to face LSL newcomers St Michael's in Brickfield Park 48 hours later (Monday, 6.45pm).
The same evening, the Majors will host Sacred Heart Firhouse Clover in the club's first ever match in LSL Saturday Major 1A at Rockfield Park (Monday, 6.45pm) in a tie that brings together two sides respectively promoted and relegated to that level.
We'll be back in pre-season training from Monday 15 July at 7.30pm in Rockfield Park, and new players are welcome.
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The votes are in the the winners of the club's two players of the year are Oisin Geoghegan and Mathew Sheehan!
Keeper Geoghegan took down the Majors' award by a narrow margin after a tight vote. He was especially crucial to the side's strong form in the wintertime that propelled them into the promotion places.
The rookie Sheehan meanwhile was a landslide winner in his debut campaign with the club. Operating equally comfortably in defence of midfield, his composure in possession and range of passing were crucial as the Premiers overcame a difficult start to finish strongly.
Seaford squandered their chance at promotion with a terrible run of form in the springtime, spoiling what had looked to be a promising season.
The side had only avoided the drop on the final day of the previous campaign, but a hard-fought win over St Vincent's Hospital on the opening day made for the perfect start, even if it was followed up by an unlucky defeat at home to CIE Ranch. Back=to-back wins over Lucan United - courtesy of a stunning Andy Roe winner - and Dunboyne put the side in good shape ahead of a series of cup ties in September.
There were mixed fortunes in penalty shoot-outs against higher-ranked opponents, as Seaford took the scalp of Tolka Rovers one week, but were beaten on spot kicks by Bangor Celtic the next, and later in the season they would suffer the same feat after a brave display away at Booth Road Celtic in the Ryan Cup.
There was a wobble in league form, with poor Seaford performances punished by ruthless finishing in defeats against Inchicore and Beggsboro, but the side bounced back with a terrific spell of fprm in the winter, drawing with runaway leaders St Kevin's Boys, before narrow home wins over Verona, Kinamanagh and Dundrum were followed by another on the road at Dunboyne.
But then things went off the rail badly. Leading away against nearest rivals Inchicore, Seaford missed a couple of glorious chances to kill the game off and the home side battled back to win it late one. Alan Burns's team were still in good shape, but their margin for error was further eroded by a defeat at Verona, and disappointing draws against relegation battling Dundrum and Vincents,
It meant that the trip to Kilnamanagh was vital for Seaford, but the west Dublin outfit were comprehensive winners on the day, and another abject defeat at home to Lucan was the final nail in the coffin, even if some pride was restored by a decent display in defeat at champions Kevins, and by a final-day thrashing of Beggsboro that finally ended the winless streak.
Majors Matches 2018/19
Majors Statistics 2018/19
Seaford’s Premiers overcame a difficult start to the campaign to finish strongly and secure a top-half finish.
The odds were stacked against Seaford going into the 2018/19 season. Not only had they been promoted to Saturday Premier 1 as part of a restructure despite having finished just sixth in Division 3 the previous time out, but there had been a major change of personnel with most of the regular starters from the previous year having moved on, and a new manager in place in Eoin Dunne.
And it was a baptism of fire for Dunne, as the early part of the season could scarcely have gone any worse. The opening day saw a desperately unlucky defeat against neighbours Blackrock College, with Seaford fighting back from two down to take an unlikely lead courtesy of Carl Doyle’s quickfire hat-trick, only to finish the match with ten men due to a nasty injury to Robbie Murray, which would keep him out of action for the rest of the year, and eventually concede a late winner. Heavy defeats to Tymon Bawn and Lorcan Celtic followed, and it seemed as if Seaford would have their work cut out to stay in the division.
But it transpired that their first three opponents would go on to form the top three at the end of the season, and results soon improved. The side cut loose with a comprehensive home win over Rivervalley Rangers, before showing their grittier side by eking out a dramatic late win away at Lorcan, Shane McNamara netting the winner. A heavy defeat to East Wall Rovers set the team back again, but they bounced back with consecutive wins over Pegasus St James and Parkvale in November.
Seaford were still very much in the relegation battle at the halfway point, as both East Wall and Blackrock completed the double over them in Rockfield Park, but performances were significantly improving, and indeed the team wouldn’t taste defeat in league play for the rest of the season.
A four-game winning streak either side of Christmas was just the boost the side needed. Ryan Scollard led the rout of Balbriggan with a hat-trick, a feat matched by Harry Crowe in the cup win at East Wall, before Seaford finally got a modicum of revenge over Blackrock in the Rockfield Cup, and a Chris Monk goal earned victory over Rivervalley. Cup defeat at Esker Celtic was the blot on the copybook, but consecutive draws against Castleknock Celtic ensured safety mathematically, with the team then leapfrogging Balbriggan and Pegasus in the table in the final fortnight to secure fifth spot.
Mathew Sheehan was a standout player for the team, the youngster starring in midfield or at right back – and occasionally even as an emergency centre half – in his debut season for the club. Scollard also had a superb campaign, finishing with an extraordinary tally of nine goals and six assists from just seven appearances, while veteran keeper Robbie Moran was crucial in the team’s turnaround in fortunes after Christmas
Premier Matches 2018/19
Premiers Stats 2018/19
Seaford will wind down their season in LSL Major 1B with a home match against Beggsboro (Rockfield Park, Saturday 27 April, 12.00pm).
Only a few weeks ago, this tie had the potential to be a promotion decider, but both teams have seen their form go off a cliff, and Seaford are playing for nothing more than pride and the hope of ending a seven-match winless run.
The hosts are at least safe from relegation, but things are more severe for Beggsboro, who have lost five on the bounce, conceding a remarkable 28 goals, which has seen them plunged into the relegation more. Their fate is still in their own hands, but they need points urgently, with the teams below them facing off against each other in the coming days in a thrilling finale at the bottom of the division.
Beggsboro have had the upper hand in the sides' most recent meetings. At the back end of last season, in anohter relegation battle, they trounced Seaford 4-0, and this season they came from behind to win 5-4 in the league match in Cabra, before dishing out another hiding in the Carroll Cup in December.
On the other hand, Seaford have won the last three fixtures between the sides at Rockfield Park, winning in league and cup during 2017/19, courtesy of start turns from Kohei Masaki and MJ Tierney. Neither of those exotic forwards will be available this weekend, but they will be hopeful of at least finishing a disappointing season on a high note.
Both Seaford sides hit the road on Saturday afternoon as they move into the final phase of their respective league campaigns.
The Majors have seen their promotion effort falter badly in recent weeks, with consecutive draws against relegation-batling Vincents Hospital and Dundrum. They are now involved in a four-way battle for third place, including against their hosts this weekend, who moved into contention with an eye-catching 7-0 win away against another challenger, Beggsboro, on Monday evening.
A last minute winner from Seaford's Christian Firth was all that separated the sides when they met earlier in the campaign, but Kilnamanagh did the double in the matches between the two sides last season, taking advantage of a very poor Seaford performance at Ned Kelly Park to win 2-0 before securing a 2-1 win at Rockfield Park in a game the home side largely dominated.
The Premiers travel north to face Balbriggan in their penultimate league fixture. Eoin Dunne's men have been on a strong run of form, with their cup defeat against Esker Celtic their only defeat in the last eight in all competitions, and last time out they saw off Pegasus St James to maintain their 100% record in the Rockfield Cup. They'll be especially confident for this tie having trounced their hosts 7-2 in their previous meeting, as well as having won the corresponding fixture last season in Division 3.
Balbriggan need a point to ensure survival in Premier 1, whilst Seaford, sitting one place above them in the table, are largely playing for pride having already secured their status for next season.
After a week off for the bank holiday, both sides are back in action on Saturday.
The Majors travel to face Dundrum FC (Meadowbank Park, Dundrum, 12.00pm ko) knowing that a win would move them back into the promotion spots with a game in hand over their nearest rivals Inchicore. After a strong period in winter, the team's form has wobbled lately, with narrow defeats against both Inchicore and Verona, and a disappointing display last time out in the draw with St Vincent's Hospital.
Dundrum are in desperate need of points to climb away from the relegation battle. Their record against the teams in the bottom three is excellent, but they have so far lost all ten matches against the other sides in the division.
Separately, the Premiers host Pegasus St James's in their second Rockfield Cup match (Rockfield Park, 11.00am), following their win over Blackrock College last month. Seaford have already hosted Pegs in league action this season, winning 3-2 courtesy of a Sam Browne strike and two from top scorer Ryan Scollard.
Mixed fortunes for the club this weekend, with a win and loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Majors were edged by the odd goal in three when they visited Inchicore Athletic. In a match played with high tempo and high quality, Mike O'Neill put Seaford in front early in the second half but Core fought back late on, eventually netting an 85th minute winner to move into the promotion spots at Seaford's expense. Match report here.
However the Premiers took a big step towards ensuring their survival by winning 1-0 away at River Valley Rangers in Swords. Chris Monk scored the only goal of the match, and Seaford were indebted to keeper Robbie Moran, who saved a second-half penalty, and substitute Robbie Murray, who made a brilliant late goalline block, for the three points.
The result relegated both River Valley and Park Vale, leaving one remaining spot to be filled in the drop zone. Seaford are yet to play its current occupants, Castleknock Celtic, and two points for Eoin Dunne's men from those two matches would be enough to keep Seaford up..