Squad Overview November 2021
Maher took over as our first choice keeper from Barry Murphy in the 2nd season and has slowly improved as a keeper to become one of the best in the league. Likely to be 1st choice for years to come unless we get an exceptional talent through the intakes.
Browne is our 2nd choice and has done very well when called upon. We have a couple of youngsters in the youth ranks with better potential, but for now Browne will remain as our number 2.
Madden has been our first choice right back since the start and has done very well for us bombing forward. At 33 now I expect him to start declining physically and I've already been getting ready to phase his understudy in.
Evans is our current best prospect at right back and he's had some first team experience last season to be ready to overtake the position from Madden. He lacks technical ability, but he's quick, determined and aggressive.
Desmond has become our first choice left back after starting as a centre back for us. He's very well rounded and a key player. He fills in at centre back whenever needed.
Bermingham is a club stalwart who had his testimonial in the last pre-season. He's lost his pace and as such is no more than left back cover now, but was a key player in previous season.
Barker provides cover for both flanks, though doesn't have the attacking capability of the other options.
Prendergast has become a key figure in the heart of our defence after a couple of seasons of sturdy performances. He's not a great talent, but he's well rounded enough to perform consistently in the league.
Hunter is our best prospect and has become our first choice partner of Prendergast, though his performances at centre back haven't been very convincing. I expect him to improve both attributes and performance wise next season.
Leahy is now our 4th choice centre back, Desmond will play if Prendergast or Hunter are not available, but he's fairly solid. Lacks pace.
Brennan is the golden boy of Irish football. He's been outstanding since coming through the youth ranks and we will do well to keep hold of him for much longer.
Tierney has been a key performer ever since coming in the youth intake and although his development has leveled out a bit, he's still a key starter for us.
Garvan comes with a lot of high level experience in England and is our captain. His physical ability is going downhill, so we will have to be ready to replace him as first choice next season.
Mooney is the obvious replacement in the first 11 for Garvan, though it will mean changing our shape a little. He's a very exciting prospect who is unfortunate to be in the shadow of James Brennan.
Kelly was a key first teamer in the first 3 seasons but of course has been usurped by Brennan. Hes a decent backup option if we need him.
A typical anchor man, who was first choice in the first season and is now the ultimate back up if we need a pure defensive midfielder or have injuries.
Clarke had a poor season by his standards but his previous form has cemented him as a club legend. He's an ideal option for an Inside Forward role on the left side.
Connor started out as a pure left winger but after tutoring and retraining as a right winger he is now a key starter as a right sided inside forward. He's not not great attacking attributes, but his pace makes him dangerous.
Markey took over as first choice from Conal Byrne (now U19s) when he lost his pace but is now no more than a backup option.
Doona is used as an impact sub if we need an injection of pace; he offers very little other than that.
Doherty is turning into a very good poacher and I fully expect him to go on to become a club legend. This was his first season as starter and I fully expect him to keep on scoring more and more goals each season.
Fagan scored 28, 19 and 20 goals in the last 3 season but a poor attitude, injuries and pace decline he crushed him. He will be leaving in the next month.
While Mark Traynor spends a season developing in the U19s, Egan is going to be our 2nd choice striker next season. He's well rounded physically; if he was taller he'd be a good TM.