Stat Attack - LSC Final
|Monday, 03 September 2012 08:59|
The Battle of Ringsend
St. Pat’s CY
St. Pat’s CY were founded in 1936 in the CYMS hall in Ringsend, the same area in which Shamrock Rovers were born. They were formed as St. Patrick’s Catholic Young Men’s Society, Ringsend Branch. At this time the club was known as St. Patrick’s CYMS.
They won the FAI Junior Cup in 1946 and again in 1979, losing in the 1973 final. In 1984 they became known as St. Patrick’s CYFC. Under this new name they beat Liffey Wanderers 2-1 to win the Leinster Junior Cup in 1987 at Tolka Park.
The club’s home ground is the Irishtown Stadium based in the former Shelbourne FC venue in Dublin 4 and like ourselves, they wear green & white hoops.
CY were promoted to the intermediate leagues five years ago, winning the Major Division and Polikoff Cup double. In 2010/11, they were runners up in Division 1, winning Div. 1a and 1b on the way.
Last season was their first season in the top tier of the Leinster Senior League and they finished 5th – Played 26, Won 13, Drew 5, Lost 8, Scored 53, Conceded 41, Points 44.
CY lost 1-0 to Dundalk at Oriel Park in the FAI Cup earlier this season, with a goal from John Mountney four minutes after the restart. Thomas Dunne gave away a penalty in the 80th minute which was missed by Michael Rafter and Simon Dunne was shown a straight red card late on.
Defender David Andrews and midfielder Barry Roe were in the Belgrove team that reached the fourth round of the 2010 FAI Cup. As well as the Roche brothers, two others have played League of Ireland football, ex-Longford and Athlone midfielder Andy Doolan and forward Alan Murphy (Dundalk and Shelbourne).
Senior (Inter league); L O’Byrne, B Lester, M Smyth, J Mooney, L McDonagh.
Junior Honours; G Wogan, K Glennon, B Lester, J Murphy, A Dunne, E Reynolds, J Moran, N O’Neill, J Smith, L Dunne, Liam Dunne, T Prenston, E Cheevers, J Fitzgerald, “Sambo” Caulfield, M Martin.
Amateur Honours; Thomas Dunne
Schoolboy Honours; Mark Benson (U14, U15, U16, U17, U18)
26 year old striker Lee Roche was part of Rovers U-21’s in 2005 before receiving a quick call up to the first team. He scored 2 goals in 13 league appearances in 2005, also scoring in the FAI Cup win over Douglas Hall.
He was released as Rovers got relegated and joined Glentoran. In 2006 he moved to St. Pat’s Athletic, then to Dublin City who went out of existence after just one game. He signed for Bray, then Shelbourne in 2007, his sixth senior club in 2 years.
Only two months later he left for LSL side Liffeys Pearse, scoring over 50 goals in two seasons. He spent a year at Longford Town before being released in July 2011.
Aidan Roche, his younger brother is also a Pat’s CY forward, having been with him at First Division Longford and Rovers seven years ago. He made 2 league appearances for us in 2005, one of them with his brother. Lee started and Aidan was a 71st minute replacement for Mark Quigley in the 2-1 defeat to Waterford United at Dalymount Park on November 11th.
The Roches are among several siblings to playing in the same Rovers team, including Christy and Danny O’Callaghan, Jimmy and Eamonn Gregg in 1971/72 and Tommy & Eammon Farrell winning the 1962 FAI Cup. Jimmy Gregg and his younger brother Sean also played for St. Pat’s CY in their careers.
Their manager is John Young, nephew of former Bohemians boss Billy Young, who managed Rovers for 6 months in the 1971-72 season. Mick Smyth, Shamrock Rovers’ goalkeeper in the famous 6 in a row team, began his youth career with CY in the late 50’s. He will be in attendance at Tallaght Stadium this evening along with Billy Young.
Lar O’Byrne was a guest at the game with Cork City at Tallaght on April 10th, 2009 and presented with a Dublin Crystal memento of his time with the club. Capped once by Republic of Ireland, he is Rovers’ oldest surviving player having signed for Bob Fullam in 1946.
O’Byrne was also a guest of honour at CY’s 75th anniversary last year as their oldest surviving player.
Road to the Final
St. Pat’s CY beat Greystones United in the first round and Wayside Celtic in the second, both at home. They won at Dublin Bus to reach R4, where Rovers entered the competition. They then beat Willow Park 4-2 at the Ringsend Astro on March 24th.
Rovers drew 1-1 with Bohemians on March 12th, winning 5-4 on penalties after Oscar Jansson saved two of them. Our goalscorer in that game, 18 year old striker Sean Dixon, is no longer with the club, nor is Niall Forrester who was sent off.
This was the first ever penalty shootout at Tallaght and only the second shootout between the clubs at senior level in history; the other saw Rovers knocked out in the 1997/98 LSC semi-final at Dalymount Park.
When Dean Ebbe replaced Gary McCabe in the 11th minute of the game, it became the fastest substitution since a clash with Kildare County in August 2006. David McGill limped off in the 6th minute to allow on-loan Chris Breen into the action.
Rovers had reached the Quarter-Final of the Leinster Senior Cup three years in a row for the first time since 14 from 1977/78 to 1990/91 and were drawn against the holders St. Pat’s Athletic. 4pm on that bank holiday Monday was the earliest ever kick off for a weekday game at Tallaght.
Ebbe and Sean Gannon scored their first goals for the club in a 3-0 win, our first over a Liam Buckley side in 13 years. In the 75th minute, referee Darren Coombes was stretchered off with a knee injury. At noon that day, St. Pat’s CY beat Bray Wanderers 3-0 at Irishtown Stadium.
Alan Murphy put the home side ahead, adding two more in the second half, a header from Dean Young and a strike by Andy Doolan. Exactly three weeks later, CY looked to upset another Premier Division team when they visited the UCD Bowl in the semi-final.
Gary O’Connor got the opener after just three minutes following a disastrous mistake by goalkeeper Mark McGinley. UCD drew level seven minutes after the restart through Graham Rusk and in the 71st minute, he was uphended by Pat’s CY keeper Philip O’Connor.
Rusk dispatched the penalty but CY came back for a spectacular win. John Young threw on Thomas Dunne and Aidan Roche and on 79 minutes, Dunne clattered a 25 yard shot into the UCD net. Moments later, he found the net again.
On July 2nd, Rovers sealed their place in the final with a 4-2 win over Shelbourne at Tolka Park. Killian Brennan scored his second free kick in a week and we were four goals ahead at half time. Rovers conceding two second half goals and still winning only happened once under Michael O’Neill, the 4-2 victory over Dundalk in October 2009.
The last two times Rovers were 4-0 up away from home was against UCD in the FAI Cup last season and Drogheda United in January 1984, which finished 7-0. The last time the club scored four goals in one half against Shelbourne was the famous 6-4 win on Valentine’s Day 1997. Rovers were 5-0 up at the break at Tolka Park in January 1969.
Leinster Senior Cup History
Rovers are 16 times winners of the Leinster Senior Cup: 1923, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1938, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1964, 1969, 1982, 1985, 1997. Runners-up in 1934, 1940, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1993, 2000.
Rovers have been knocked out in the quarter-finals twice since the competition returned in 2010. It is Rovers’ first final since losing 2-1 to St. Pat’s Athletic in April 2000.
The only time we have lifted the trophy since leaving Milltown, Bohemians, St. Pat’s Ath and Shelbourne were beaten along the way as well, with a 1-0 win over Shels in the final at Tolka Park on March 23, 1997. Derek Tracey scored the winning goal.
The Setanta Cup and Leinster Senior Cup are the only domestic trophies Stephen Kenny has never won in his career. His first LSC game was also his very first meeting with Rovers, the same year he was appointed manager of Longford Town. On November 3, 1998, The Hoops were beaten 2-1.
Rovers have not been defeated by a non-league side since Dunleary Celtic won 3-2 in the Leinster Senior Cup Quarter-Final on October 31, 1979. The Hoops fielded a reserve side, which they had been doing for years but this time it backfired against a team who had beaten Dundalk 2-1 at Oriel Park in the previous round.
Rovers have played 32 ties against non-league clubs since then (12 FAI Cup, 1 League Cup, 19 Leinster Senior Cup), winning 30 of them and drawing two. Rovers won two Leinster Senior Cup penalty shootouts, against Bluebell United in 1988 and Cherry Orchard in 2000, both had finished scoreless.
Our last meeting with a club outside the LOI was Castlebar Celtic in the FAI Cup, winning 2-0 at Celtic Park in Mayo on May 28, 2006.
The previous two non-league clubs to reach the final of the Leinster Senior Cup were Cherry Orchard, who lost 1-0 to Bohemians 1997/98 and St. Francis who lost a replay 4-2 to Athlone Town in January 1992, after the first game had been 0-0 after extra time.
The last team to win it was Home Farm. The youthful side played some sparkling football on the way to their first senior trophy, coming from behind at half time to beat Dundalk 2-1 in the final, on December 26, 1964 at Dalymount Park. They were not elected to the League of Ireland for another eight years.
Brideville in 1924/25, Distillery in 1941/42 and St. Pat’s Athletic in 1947/48 have also done it. The rest of the losing finalists were Brideville (1923/24), Glasnevin (1924/25), Grangegorman who were crushed 11-0 by Bohemians in 1946/47, Transport in 1947/48, St. Pat’s Athletic in 1950/51 and Longford in 1954/55.
Home Farm and Distillery, who beat Bray Unknowns 4-1 in December 1941, are the only instances of a non-league team beating a LOI club in the final. Rovers played a non-league club in the final on one occasion, a 2-1 win over Longford on December 26, 1954 at Dalymount Park. The Hoops made a clean sweep of five domestic trophies bar the league title that season and The Town were not elected until 1984.
With thanks to Ray Doyle for St. Pat’s CY info