Seaford enjoyed a strong finish to the 2017/18 campaign to secure a top-half finish in LSL Division 3.
Tony Bennett got off to a brilliant start as second team manager with two away wins in the space of three days, at Hyde Park and Pegasus St Jamesâ€™s, but the team hit the buffers with a resounding defeat in their first home match, against an Ayrfield United side who would go on blow away much of the division during the early part of the campaign.
The team had no luck in the two subsequent matches away to promotion contenders, conceding late goals to draw at Lorcan Celtic and lose at Ardmore Rovers, and overall they endured a rotten spell during the wintertime, picking up just two wins from 12, against relegation-bound Earl Celtic and DCU.
But the turning point of the season was a heroic away win over title-chasing Balbriggan at the end of March, with top goalscorer Peter Tierney smashing home a late penalty after Richie Mulholland had earlier opened the scoring.
That sparked a run of three straight away wins, the others being against Cloghertown United and Knockmitten United, and although the progress was stunted by another loss to Ayrfield and an unlucky home draw against Tymon Bawn, the team bounced back with a four-match winning streak, despatching Malahide United, Hyde, Knockmitten and Lorcan.
Among the key players during the run were defensive stalwarts Adam Finnegan, Matty Tappin and Robbie Murray, who benefited from protection from Amer Herenda, redeployed at the base of the midfield, and further forward Shane Lauritsch, David Devaney and Ryan Scollard were all in in superb form supplying the likes of Tierney, who finished the season with 12 goals.
Although promotion was ultimately a bridge too far for Bennettâ€™s man, 2017/18 represented another season of progression for a Seaford side which has developed a brilliant ability to triumph against the odds in recent years.
Second Team Matches 2017/18
Second Team Statistics 2017/18