St Mochta’s clubhouse part of club’s progress

by Gazette Reporter
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FAST-IMPROVING Leinster Senior League side St Mochta’s have revealed a number of impressive developments that stem from a busy 2015 pre-season. The LSL Sunday Senior side are looking to build on a strong 2014/ 2015 season, as well as continue progress in their age-group teams and facilities.
The most long-awaited developments at the Clonsilla club have been in the clubhouse, with the Porterstown Road side adding new dressing rooms for both the senior and junior sides. The new construction will also contain a shop area and a committee and meeting room, replacing the club’s previous container units.
There have also been a number of managerial changes over the summer, with Brian Flynn taking over the LSL Saturday team in a promotion from his former role in charge of the under-18 side. He’ll be assisted by John O’Leary.
The under-19 side will welcome Pat MacDonnell, who has previous experience at under-18 level, while Terry Tobin and Shay Maguire will take control of the under-17 team. Colin Hawkins – a former Coventry City, Brighton and St Patrick’s Athletic player – was appointed at the club back in May in advance of the pre-season, as they look to continue improvements to their backroom staff.
The Mochta’s Sunday senior side will be a key focus. They were promoted to the LSL Senior Sunday League back in June after finishing 10 points clear in LSL Senior 1, having lost just two games all season.
Mochta’s have also proven to be impressive cup specialists over recent years, making an impact on the FAI Senior Cup. They went out in the second round this time around, losing out to Donegal side Cockhill Celtic by a 3-0 scoreline, despite putting out the same side for the previous two consecutive years.
In 2014-2015, Mochta’s qualified for the FAI Senior Cup after an impressive run in the FAI Intermediate Cup, in which they eventually lost out at the semi-final stage to Tolka Rovers.
All the Mochta’s sides are now back into pre-season training, with club legend Glen Crowe expected to continue at the club despite his retirement back in June, in a non-playing capacity. The LSL side’s season will get underway in August.

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