Mixed fortunes for the club this past weekend as Saturday's double-header at Rockfield Park produced a comfortable win and a heavy defeat.
After a season characterised by draws, single-goal defeats and equally narrow wins, the firsts finally produced a performance first-class display to secure a 5-0 over St James's Gate and ease their relegation anxiety. The front four of MJ Tierney, Garrett Connolly, Darragh Connolly and Kohei Masaki made and scored all five goals between them, but it was an equally impressive display at the other end of the pitch, where fullbacks Ian Nolan and Fionn Geoghegan were redeployed in central defence to great effect. You can read the full match report here.
Unfortunately, the seconds's heavily depleted side fell to a 1-3 defeat against Pegasus St James's , despite Conan Murphy's second goal of the season.
Rockfield Park is the place to be at noon on Saturday , as both Seaford teams are in action simultaneously on the two pitches, as the club hosts two of Dublin's most storied and prestigious clubs.
The firsts welcome St James's Gate, less than a month after the two sides previously clashed in Major 1B. That match couldn't have been tighter, as Seaford netted a late equaliser through Garrett Connolly and were centimetres away from making it 2-3 in injury time, before Gate went down the other end. The backdrop to this weekend's clash is an extremely tight division with both sides just outside the relegation zone, so every point counts. The home side gave themselves some breathing space with a win over Leixlip the last time out in league action, even if they stumbled to a win over FC Transylvania in the cup last weekend.
The seconds' clash against Pegasus St James's is their very first league match of 2018, having only taken to the field for acup defeat to Mid Sutton so far. Whilst Seaford find themselves comfortably in mid table in Division 3, Pegs are very much mired in a relegation scrap. Alate Chris Monk header was all that separated the sides when they met in August.
The firsts laboured to an eventual penalty shoot-out victory over FC Transylvania in Round Two of the Carroll Cup, with keeper Eoin English outdoing even Packie Bonner with two spot-kick saves against the Romanians, after Darragh Connolly had earlier given Seaford the lead in a 1-1 draw. Click here for the full match report.
The firsts secured a first win of the new year courtesy of early goals from Gavin Walsh and Andy Roe away at Leixlip United. Read the full match report here.
Seaford conceded twice in the opening eight minutes and, though they thoroughly dominated the remainder of the match, were beaten 2-1 by a dogged and wily Kilnamanagh side at Rockfield Park, despite a superb strike from Dave Higgins. The defeat leaves the firsts in real peril of relegation. Read the full match report here.
Both sides are in league action this weekend, seeking to bounce back after making difficult starts to 2018 last week.
The firsts host Kilnamanagh AFC in what has the look of a crucial fixture in LSL Major 1B. The visitors currently occupy the relegation zone, having failed to win a single match all season other than the return fixture in Tallaght, when Seaford were punished for a dismal performance with a 2-0 defeat. Last season, the two encounters between the two dies couldn't have been more different, with Kilnamanagh edging a bizarre early-season match in Rockfield Park with a 6-7 win, before Seaford got their own back in early 2017, as Stephen Kelly netted the only goal of a drab game.
Seaford will be keen to make up for the disappointment suffered a week ago when they returned empty-handed from a tense match at St James's Gate having conceded a 93rd minute winner.
The seconds are also smarting from their first result of the year, after being outclassed by an impressive Mid Sutton Sportslink side in the Deane Cup. Tony Bennett's men return to league action in Co. Kildare against Blessington FC. Seaford completed a league double over the man in green in 2016/17, with a comfortable 3-0 win on the road in December followed up by a late-season home win inspired by a Carl Doyle hat-trick, even though Blessington did manage to inflict a defeat in the cup in between, in Arctic conditions in Crosschapel.