The firsts recovered from a terrible start to their league season in LSL Major 1B to surge through the division with a brilliant streak of form in the second half of their campaign, only to fall agonisingly short of a top-three finish and promotion.
There was no shortage of goals in Seaford's early-season matches. The campaign began with a 3-3 draw at home against St James's Gate, a match that was lit up by a stunning Tyrone McNelis volley to open the scoring, before Paul Lydon poached a late equaliser for Seaford. There followed an extraordinary 6-7 defeat at home to Kilnamanagh, before an inexperienced Seaford side suffered a heavy defeat at Beggsboro. A first win arrived against Clontarf, Harry Crowe's six-minute hat-trick turning the game on its head in the final stages, but three straight league defeats plunged Seaford into the relegation zone, marring the dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Verona in the Leinster Junior Cup.
The appointment of Stephen Faherty as the new first team manager proved to be the turning point of the season. Although Faherty's first couple of matches resulted in cup defeats, there was an immediate upturn in league form, with an impressive away win at Hartstown Huntstown followed up by a battling victory at home to Greenhillls.
There was a setback in the form of a 2-3 reverse against Ringsend Rovers before a brilliant streak of seven wins from eight put Seaford right in promotion contention, with Crowe netting at a rate in excess of a goal a game, and the defence making an equally important contribution, with skipper Fionn Lawlor reinventing himself as a centre back, alongside Alan Brennan or Stephen Kelly.
A disappointing display away at Greenhills - and three points dropped against the relegation-battlers - would prove decisive in the final outcome, even though the team bounced back by staying unbeaten in its final six matches. Those included a superb double home and away against champions-elect Booth Road Celtic, as well as a comfortable win over Leixlip and a battling win at St James's Gate.
But ultimately, Seaford's poor start left them with slightly too much ground to make up, even though overall it was a season during which the club took a step forward in quality, giving plenty of grounds for encouragement for the next campaign.
Results & Match Reports 2016/17
*AET. Seaford won 5-3 on penalties
Player Statistics 2016/17