McCann’s Peas in a pod

by Gazette Reporter

WITH a new league, a new manager, plenty of new players, a short pre-season and being forced to play their first five league fixtures in 16 days, many could have forgiven Peamount United for a slow start to the season this time.
But Maxi McCann’s side have started life in Senior Division 1A with four wins from those five games and sit top of the third tier of the LSL after the opening two weeks.
The former Lourdes Celtic, Cherry Orchard and Dublin Bus coach is taking nothing for granted at his new Greenogue home however.
“It’s a good start, but it is just a start and you win nothing with those,” he said when speaking to us after his side’s most recent win over Lucan United.
“The players deserve an awful lot of credit, we were dealt a tough hand being issued five fixtures in such a short space of time at the start of the season, but we’ve dealt with it as well as possible.”
Dealt with it they sure have, with McCann already using 21 different players in this early stage of the season due to holidays, work and other issues.
Only Ballymun and Pegasus have played as many games as Peamount although the Clondalkin outfit are idle this weekend due to the side’s golf classic which should bring a well-earned break.
Sunday’s win over nearby Lucan United saw the Peas go ahead within a couple of seconds. Ian Cowzer’s opener after 20 seconds came so quick that his new manager was jotting down some early notes when the ball went in. Lucan then equalised before Peamount went ahead again through and it was 2-1 at the break.
Peamount scored early after the restart and led 3-1 for much of the half. Lucan did pull one back late on through a long ball but it only proved to be a consolation.
Their strong start, which other than the Lucan game has seen wins come against Maynooth, Newtown and Ballymun as well as a defeat to Newbridge, becomes even more impressive when McCann revealed details about their preparation for this season.
“When I got the job I was actually in Spain, around the start of July,” he said.
“I didn’t get back for around two weeks so by then we only really had a couple of weeks together before the season got under way.
“Even by then, a lot of players from last year I’d never even met had moved in so I had to bring a good few in myself.”
Peamount were relegated from Senior Sunday 1 last season, but McCann feels everything is in place for this side to return to the second tier and go even further, even if there are some false notions about the club by some players.
“I get the feeling a lot of people think Peamount is miles away, almost in the country,” he said.
“People around the likes of Clondalkin often think clubs like Crumlin are more local to them, but Peamount is here, it has outstanding facilities, great people across the whole club, a good atmosphere, and hopefully this team can continue the strong start we’ve had.”

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