Coates fills his boots as Balscadden land glory

by Jonny Stapleton
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By Jonny Stapleton

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Balscadden FC manager Stephen Larkin hailed his side’s all-conqueirng unbeaten season as a ‘special achievement’ after they put nine past Woodfarm FC to secure the LSL Premier 1A Sunday Division title at the Coldcut on Sunday. 

The division’s top scorer Paddy Coates filled his boots once again with four goals, Stephen Sharpe scored a brace, while Sean Sweetman, Nathan Rooney and Luke Kimmage also found the net. 

“It’s been a great season for us. From the outset, our ambition was to win the league, and to have done it by winning every game so far is a special achievement,” beamed Larkin when speaking to the Dublin  Gazette.

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“We’ve three games left and want to continue our impressive winning streak right through to the end of the season. It’s a great club with fantastic people involved, and we want to continue taking the club forward by progressing up the leagues in the LSL.”

The Northside outfit needed just a point to win LSL Premier 1A over the weekend but in keeping with their impressive season romped to victory away from home to make certain.

Balscadden flirted with a perfect 10 performance putting nine past Woodfarm in Clondalkin to bank three points as well their first league title in 12 years..

‘Cadden have blazed a trail all season and managed to secure the title with five games remaining. The champions have won all of their league games scoring 63 – averaging just under 5 goals a game – and conceding a measly 13 throughout a successful league campaign.

They put one hand on the title when they beat second-place Monread FC by four clear goals two games ago, tightened that grip with a five goal rout over Lucan earlier this month and lifted the trophy aloft after destroying ‘Farm on Sunday.

Like Trinity Donaghmeade, Oliver Bond Celtic and Kilbarrack United, Balscadden remain on course for an invincible campaign.

However, unlike any other Sunday LSL team, the form side are in contention for a 100 per cent season – and are five wins away from what would be a unique and sensational achievement.

There was also an early league winner two divisions down the LSL ladder, as McKelvey Celtic were crowned Divsion 3A champions.

A five-star performance against Baldoyle saw the former AUL side win their first LSL title.

Davy O’Brien was a hat-trick hero on the day, while fellow regular scorer Tim Moran was also on the score sheet, as was Graham Quinn.

A title win looked unlikely for the Dublin side when they lost to Knocklyon United 7-2 early in the season.  However, they won 14 games straight since to ensure they finished first, ahead of that same Knocklyon side, who they beat 4-1 in the reverse fixture.

Last weekend’s win left Celtic uncatchable at the top of the lowest LSL Sunday division with two games to spare.

Champagne football: Balscadden FC celebrate their LSL Premier 1A Sunday division title win (main) and (inset) McKelvey Celtic receive the trophy as Division 3A champions

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