WITH their first ever season in the top flight of LSL football just days away, Brian McCarthy’s St Mochta’s side look, at least on paper, all set for the major challenge that lies ahead.
Transfer news on the Mochta’s front remained rather quiet for large parts of the summer but that all changed last week as the signing of no fewer than seven players was announced in one swift press release on the club website.
That list of seven includes former Tolka Rovers trio Alan McDermott, Niall O’Reilly and Eamon Moynihan; Josh Douglas arrives from Bangor Celtic while Ian Croft has made the switch from Dublin 15 rivals Verona.
The two other signings are probably the two that will get most talking, with Gareth Cooney, top-scorer for LSL Senior champions Bluebell last season, and Aidan Downes, formerly of Yeovil Town, Bohemians and, most recently, Mornington Soccer Club in Victoria, Australia.
Commenting on his new recruits, the Mochta’s manager said: “The squad looks really good. I’m delighted with what we’ve brought in.
“With Luke Harrison retiring, we needed new players at the back and that’s exactly what Alan [McDermott] and Niall [O’Reilly] will bring in, especially from a team like Tolka who reached the FAI intermediate final last season.
“At the other end, we’ve brought in Gareth [Cooney] and Aidan [Downes],” continued McCarthy. “To be honest, Gareth was just something that just happened very fast.
“I wasn’t targeting the player it really just sort of happened. He’s local to the area, has a young family, knows a few of the lads so I suppose it made sense for him; we’re just delighted to have him.
“Then Aidan, he really is a terrific footballer. To play over 30 times for Yeovil in League One tells you that.
“When he came home, there were a few League of Ireland clubs sniffing around him but he chose us and, again, we’re delighted.”
Last year’s Sunday Senior 1 champions will travel to Drumcondra this Sunday for their season opener before another away trip to Home Farm next week.
Speaking about any targets he’s made for the season, McCarthy said: “We want to compete. We don’t just want to be there to make up the numbers, we want to be strong and do well.
“I honestly think, with the new signings and the work gone on in the club off the field over the summer, we can do well in this league.”