Both teams turned in fine performances at Rockfield Park this afternoon.
The firsts were agonising close to an underdog win over title-chasing St Mochta's. A Peter Tierney double had given Seaford a 2-0 lead with as little as five minutes remaining, but the visitors managed to net twice late on for a share of the spoils. Read all about it here.
Meanwhile, the seconds recorded a rare home win to keep their recent strong run going, with Shane Lauritsch and David Devaney on target in a 2-1 win over Malahide United. Tony Bennett's men face Hyde Park on Monday night, a 6.45pm kick off at Rockfield Park.
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The seconds' struggles at Rockfield Park continued as they played out a frustrating draw with Tymon Bawn, meaning they still have just one home win all season, despite their superb form on the road. They fell behind early on but levelled through Conan Byrne and saw a rake of second half chances go begging as they had to settle for a point. Full match report is here.
The firsts still need another win or two to make sure of survival in LSL Major 1B. Next up is a home match against CIE Ranch on Thursday, with a 6.45 kick-off at Rockfield Park. It's a repeat of the opening fixture of the season, when the sides played out a largely uneventful scoreless draw.. Seaford's recent winning streak came to a shuddering halt with a pair of chastening defeats in the past fortnight, but will be motivated by the knowledge that a win would move them ahead of their opponents in the table.
Both teams came off second best on Saturday against perhaps the strongest sides in their respective divisions.
There were a lot of similarities between the two away fixtures, with Seaford reaching half time without conceding - and in the case of the first team, eventually taking the lead - before shipping four goals after the break.
Garrett Connolly netted twice for the firsts away at St Mochta's, but the home side's brilliant combination play - and a couple of generous offside calls - turned the match in their favour and they secured a 4-2 win. The full match report is available here.
The seconds put up a brave fight against unbeaten Ayrfield United, who took a second half lead with a brilliant free kick, and added a second shortly afterwards. David Mackey pulled one back for Seaford but the hosts ran in two more late goals to give the scoreline a flattering sheen.
Tony Bennett's men have a chance to bounce back immediately with a home tie against Tymon Bawn this evening (6.45pm ko at Rockfield Park. The Tallaght outfit sit immediately beneath Seaford in the Division 3 table, albeit with games in hand, and prevailed 3-1 when the two sides met in the return fixture in October.
Both Seaford sides have won three league matches on the bounce, but those winning streaks will be tested on Saturday afternoon as each travels to the northside to face one of the elite sides in their division.
The firsts' strong run of form was ended last week with a 5-1 reverse at St Kevin's Boys, even if the lack of a recognised goalkeeper had a big bearing on the margin of victory for the men from Whitehall. They travel to Porterstown Road to face a St Mochta's team that is unbeaten in league action for more than six months, a run which has propelled them into what looks like a three-way battle for the Major 1B title along with fellow northsiders Rush Athletic and Tolka Rovers.
Meanwhile, the seconds will face Ayrfield United, who themselves look odds-on to claim the silverware in Division 3. They trail leaders Balbriggan by three points, but will be confident of making up the difference, having three games in hand, particularly following Seaford's win against their nearest rivals three weeks ago, the match which sparked an upturn in form for Tony Bennett's men. Ayrfield however remain unbeaten all season in the league, and ran out comfortable winners when the same sides met in September, but Seaford will relish their underdog status and will be hopeful of another upset to keep the run going.
The seconds recorded their third straight win - all away from home - yesterday evening with a 2-0 victory at Knockmitten United, following on from a 2-1 over Cloghertown United just two days earlier. Striker Peter TIerney netted in both games, reaching double-figures for the season, while Collie Barrett made a big impact, netting against the Meath men on Saturday before winning the penalty which Tierney converted in Clondalkin. Credit is also due to some rock-solid defending, with centre backs Adam Finnegan and Stephen Kelly to the fore in each of the recent wins, along with Amer Herenda, redeployed in a holding midfield role.
However, the firsts' own winning streak came to an abrupt halt as they crashed out of the Carroll Cup at the hands of St Kevin's Boys on Saturday. The absence of a recognised goalkeeper was sorely evident at times, as the hosts netted a couple of early goals, although Donal Howley pulled one back for Seaford. There was no doubt that Kevin's were worthy winners of the day, even if the 5-1 scoreline was slightly flattering.
UPDATE: BOTH MATCHES HAVE BEEN CALLED OFF DUE TO THE WEATHER
Both Seaford teams are in action at high noon on Saturday, looking to build on good wins a week earlier.
After a cup win over Clondalkin Celtic last time out, the firsts return to league action when they travel to face Beggsboro AFC, who sit immediately below them in the LSL Major 1B division. Seaford have seen a recovery in form in recent weeks, winning three league matches on the bounce, whereas their hosts are looking for their first victory of 2018.
The teams are already well acquainted, having met twice already during the campaign, with Seaford winning by the odd goal in seven each time. First, a Conor Tobin penalty in extra time saw them through in the LFA Junior Cup, before there was a similar outcome in the league clash a few weeks later, when an MJ Tierney hat-trick saw Seaford prevail.
Meanwhile, the seconds host Knockmitten United, fresh from their underdog win over league-leaders Balbriggan last Saturday. Knockmitten still have some work to do to secure safety against relegation, while Tony Bennett’s men will be hoping for back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening week of the season.
There was little to choose between the teams during the 2016/17 campaign, as Seaford threw away a commending lead in Clondalkin duringtheir first league encounter, only to get their own back with a 4-3 comeback win at Rockfield Park a month later courtesy of Chris Sastre's late winner, but Knockmitten had the last laugh, securing a win in the Deane Cup group stage when the sides met for a third time in March 2017.
It was a very positive Saturday for the club, as both sides turned in good performances and picked up a win.
The firsts secured a 2-0 victory over Clondalkin Celtic in Round Three of the Carroll Cup at Rockfield Park. Robbie Creevy headed in the opener on his full debut but Seaford were unable to put the tie to rest until MJ Tierney netted a breathtaking second in injury time, lobbing the goalkeeper from inside his own half. Read all about it here.
Later, the seconds had a brilliant away win, inflicting only a second league defeat of the season on table-topping Balbriggan. Richie Mulholland netted his first Seaford goal in the first half, before top scorer Peter Tierney (right) added a second from the panalty spot. Balbriggan scored a consolation goal to set up an exciting finalé, but Seaford held on to secure their first win in six. Click here for the full match report.