PEAMOUNT United’s Under-15 boys are proof that a little Endeavour can go a long way after taking a huge step towards a potential second-successive promotion.
After gaining promotion in the summer following their third-place finish in the Dublin District Schoolboy League A division last season, Peamount have risen to the bigger challenge.
A tremendous first half of the campaign saw the Greenogue boys go into the Christmas break in second place and their determination not to stop there was demonstrated with some off-field commitment.
The side that also reached the fourth round of the SFAI National Cup last season enlisted the help of sports scientists at Endeavour Gym in Clondalkin to aid their on-field progress earlier in the campaign.
In particular, the work done at Endeavour’s impressive facility with strength and conditioning coach Frankie Temple over the Christmas period looks to have paid off.
Exploding back into action with a 4-0 home win over Leicester Celtic a fortnight ago, Peamount travelled to last year’s A champions Drogheda United at the weekend and dug deep to earn a crucial victory.
Despite cruising into a two-goal lead at half-time thanks to goals from John Crosby and Luke Doyle, the visitors were pegged back by two quick-fire goals from Drogheda after the break and looked in danger of losing the game.
However, Conor Gallagher’s injury-time winner was just reward for the courage Peamount showed to halt the turnaround attempt and claim the three points that sends them top of the division.
Under-15 head coach Gavin Earley insists the extra-ciricular strength and conditioning work the group are undertaking away from the training pitch demonstrates their ambition.
“The lads have been fantastic all season in not only adapting to the huge challenge of playing in a higher division, but really imposing ourselves on games playing our own style of football,” said Earley.
“The ambition from day one with this group was always to challenge them to maximise the obvious talent we saw within the group and see what we could achieve.
“That started with working hard at training and focusing on what the coaches are teaching them and the lads have really embraced it.”