Killester Donnycarney a new force in the LSL

by Dave Donnelly

There will be a new club contending for the LSL Sunday Senior title next year after Killester United announced a merger with nearby club Donnycarney FC.

Killester Donnycarney will field combined Sunday and Saturday sides in the LSL and schoolboy sides in the NDSL after announcing their merger today.

Gary Howlett will continue in charge of the Sunday side while former Ireland Under-21 international Thomas Heary will head up the Saturday team.

The move came about, according to Killester secretary Joe O’Brien, not out of necessity but as a common sense measure to build the best club the locality can provide.

“The thinking behind it was that you’d two clubs operating in the one area, and we both had strengths,” O’Brien told the Dublin Gazette.

“Killester, for want of a better term, is a brand name in football – instantly recognisable.

“But the people who live in the area are older, so there wasn’t an awful lot coming through. A lot of the players come from outside the area.

“Donnycarney, on the other hand, have a younger population and had set up a decent schoolboy section. It was to bring the two together.

“It will give us a bigger pool of players, and I think some of them will go into the senior team anyway. Between the two lots, we’ll have a decent squad of players for both sides.

“They’ve got eight or ten schoolboy sides there, and we’ve had one or two for the last few years. We could never really develop that. It will give us more balance.”

The end goal is for the club to represent both localities and create a true community club that can bring together generations of players and fans.

“It ties in with what’s going on all over – instead of having two teams all over the place, the FAI are looking for people to form proper clubs, cradle to grave stuff.

“We’re hoping it will give us a better identity within the broader community. This should make us stronger and more easily identifiable as well, and more sustainable.”

As with all mergers, after the logistics and forward vision were ironed out, both sides got down to deciding the detail everybody wants to know – whose shirts will they wear.

They opted for a compromise, with their home strip a mixture of Killester’s red and black and Donnycarney’s AS Roma-style maroon.

“The jerseys will be a hybrid. They were mostly maroon, and we’re mostly red. The gear will have a red front and back, with maroon sleeves and shoulders. Red knicks and red socks.

“The away jersey will be a white jersey with maroon knicks and maroon socks.”

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