News 2013/2014 Season

    12/05/14 - Recent U11B Results

    The under 11B team has been undergoing a bit of a resurgence in their last three outings:

    5 April – Belmont FC   1 – 0   Postal Aylesbury
    A nail-biting home fixture, settled by a fine goal from James McCarthy

    12 April – Belmont FC   5 – 5   St James Athletic
    End to end stuff!
    A high scoring affair, including goals from Paddy Keane, James McCarthy, Leo Maguire and Jamie McLoughlin, left Belmont at 4-5 down with time running out.  Leo Maguire snatched one more for Belmont to ensure the draw.  Manager Ross Maguire was extremely happy with the outcome!

    10 May – Belmont FC   2 – 1   Iveagh Trust
    Another home fixture, this time against an opposition who were still in the chase for the league title.  Belmont were under a lot of pressure in the first half.  Jamie McLoughlin was superb in goals and made some fine saves including a finger-tip stop which he then collected before it came down towards goal.  Eventually the opposition pressure told and Iveagh Trust burst through the defence and despite McLoughlin closing the angle, the strong shot was impossible to stop.

    The second half was a different story.  James McCarthy was a tower of strength in the centre of defence, with Paddy Keane on the right and Conor Houlihan and then Luke Morrisson on the left putting serious pressure on the Iveagh forwards anytime they pushed forward.  Zach O’ Neill came on in the half also and made a couple of crucial tackles.  McLoughlin, now outfield, was making a big difference in the middle of the field, claiming most of the kickouts from the Iveagh goalie.  He was combining really well with Leo Maguire who was making his customary dazzling runs up the right hand wing.  On one of these he managed to get the ball into the box, and Louis Grinnell, who had advanced from midfield, controlled the ball beautifully with his head and calmly slotted the ball past the Iveagh keeper to make it 1-1.  His theatrical celebration was justified given this was his first league goal for the club!

    Harry Nash was playing his first game upfront and was a bundle of energy chasing everything down.  He was making himself available on the left flank and on a number of occasions, cut the ball back inside to McLoughlin and Liam Cleary who continued to punch it forward.  It was from one of these moves that the ball found George Morris in the centre of the opposition penalty area, and again he placed a lovely side footed shot into the net.  Belmont 2 – 1 Iveagh Trust.

    Sam Gallagher made some fine saves in goal, and was only beaten by an impossible shot late on in the half, but had done enough to ensure it was covered as it rebounded off the crossbar.  His goalkeeping owed much to Belmont’s success as he also made some towering clearances up the field late in the game for Grinnell and Cleary to cause further pressure for the opposition.

    A fine team performance – the best of the season to date, capped by Grinnell’s man of the match showing, saw smiles all around on the home side at the final whistle.

    01/04/14 - Lasers replace lime and paint

    Put away the rubber gloves and de-commission the pitch marker, lime and paint are a thing of the past. Modern technology is set to revolutionise the way pitches are marked for seasons to come. LIRPA Tech UK have created "RIL-ONE " a game changing app for Mac or Android phones. 

    RIL-ONE (short for "Rapid Intelligent Light Offsides Now Eliminated) utilises the GPS technology and laser light technology available in all satellites in space.

    Simply stand in the middle of the pitch with your phone.
    Activate the RIL-ONE App, input the size of pitch you need, for example full size11-a-side and the magic begins. The RIL -ONE APP coordinates your location using GPS and a pitch lined by laser light from outer space magically appears around you.

     A fantastic bonus occurs when players boots and match balls are fitted with light emitting diodes. The diodes interact with the laser light lines and will turn them red when a player is offside. Referees have hailed this as a major breakthrough.

    "I've seen it work and when it does it's fantastic" said Jim Duggan, chairman Belmont FC, "...although there are still some issues to be ironed out". Some linesmen have complained of  their flags catching fire under the glare. A more serious incident occurred  at the home of Clonshaugh Celtic a team based close to the airport when a RIL-ONE app interfered with air traffic control causing a New York bound flight to land on the pitch during a crucial cup tie.

    Most worrying of all are the phone bills associated with the RIL-ONE APP. 

    Many clubs are reporting horror stories of mobile bills stretching to thousands of Euro because of the data roaming charges incurred from outer space. Belmont FC will be signing up for RIL-ONE but it will be up to every manager to decide themselves whether their team budget can stretch to those mobile charges.

    There are more details available at



    U11A v Whitechurch Match Report. Click on image for larger version.


    04/12/13 - U11's suffer rare defeat at the start of the league campaign

    Iveagh Trust 5  -  1 Belmont B (Sam Gallagher)

    A tough opener to the league campaign in Clogher Road last Saturday.  Iveagh Trust went ahead after 7 minutes.  Sam Gallagher responded with a calmly taken shot low and to the left of the keeper to make it 1-1 three minutes later.  Unfortunately, Iveagh Trust were very strong in midfield and scored 3 unanswered goals before half time.

    Belmont were much improved in the second half and had a number of near misses, most notably with the ball coming off the opposition crossbar.  Unfortunately we lost a late goal to make it 5 – 1 at the end.

    Deserving mention was a great defensive display in the second half from Gallagher in goal with Conor Houlihan, Paddy Keane and a Belmont man of the match performance from Zach O’Neill.

    26/11/13 - U11's come from behind to win 4-2 against Ballyowen Celtic

    Belmont B 4  -  2 Ballyowen Celtic
    (Sam Gallagher, Liam Cleary, George Morris x 2)

    Belmont went ahead through a fantastic strike from Sam Gallagher into the top right corner of the Ballyowen net in the first 5 minutes.

    Ballyowen came back brilliantly with a break through the middle cutting through the Belmont defence and a low shot past our keeper, and a fantastic volley from the middle of a crowded box after a long cross in from the left as the Belmont defence lost concentration.  Upfront, Belmont had many chances but most were solo efforts where some final passing might have given us an equaliser.

    Half time – Belmont 1 – Ballyowen 2

    Belmont came out much better in the second half and were full of tackling and hard work.  Conor Houlihan and Zach O’Neill were clearing the ball really well from left and right back positions with Cleary very strong in the middle of defence.  On one surge ahead by Belmont, Cleary drifted forward, picked up the ball at the edge of the box and a long low drive slithered under the Ballyowen keeper to make it 2-2.  Harry Nash and Sasha Johnston came on in defence and Johnston made a lot of key tackles including one where he put himself bravely on the line and took a strong shot directly to the head.  Luke Morrisson was passing some lovely balls forward.  Jamie McLoughlin upfront supported by James McCarthy and Leo Maguire from the middle were now putting Ballyowen under real pressure.  With five minutes left George Morris put Belmont ahead.  A couple of minutes later, Maguire and McLoughlin put the ball into Paddy Keane, who could have shot, but showed fantastic footballing awareness to look up and pick Morris free in front of goal and slid the ball beautifully to him and Morris made now mistake from close range with a cracking shot.

    Difficult to pick out man of the match – but a joint award to Sasha Johnston for his brave defensive display and Paddy Keane, who continues to put in super performances based on his great passing game.

    18/11/13 - U14's Broadford Rovers 3 Belmont 4

    Today our U14's played Broadford Rovers away in Broadford Park in Rathfarnham and our boys scored a terrific hard fought 4-3 victory over the home side to give the boys their first win of the season.

    Playing on a superb dry surface and in front of a large travelling Belmont support our team went about this task in a very positive manner from the first whistle and at all times tried to play a quick-passing flowing brand of football.

    The opening exchanges were even enough, with Belmont creating more chances and Oscar looking solid in our goal. We went a goal down halfway through the first half against the run of play but immediately our team went in search of an equaliser and our captain Cameron scored with a terrific shot to the top corner from the edge of the box. With each Belmont player working their socks off and supporting one another as if their lives depended on it, the management team was very pleased at half-time and encouraged the boys for more of the same in the second half and we would get eventually get the breaks!
     The second half took a life of its own and was only a few minutes old when our left winger James Arbuthnott scored with a great shot low to the keepers left after a great passing movement among our team.

    James was taken down in the penalty area and was denied an definite penalty a few minutes later. Broadford scored their second goal but it was obvious to everyone that the Belmont boys were not going to be satisfied with a draw today and went on the attack again.
    With our team using the rolling sub to great effect and our back four growing in confidence, Fiachra O Higgins put us ahead with a confident strike to the corner of the net to make it 3-2 in our favour. At this stage the match was very exciting and of a very high standard and Broadford showed great fighting spirit when they equalised with about five minutes to go.
    With the terrier-like Hugh Tyrrell and pacey Conor Fitzpatrick doing great work along the right wing and our new holding midfielder Josh Swaine winning every 50/50 tackle there really could only be one winner today.

    Our supporters at this stage would probably have been satisfied with a share of the spoils, but not these Belmont Boys!

    With Fiachra O Higgins again threatening the Broadford goal and bringing a great save out of their keeper, the ball rebounded to the feet of the one man we would want in this position and sure enough last season's player of the year, Alex Kennedy slotted home confidently to put us 4-3 up.
    The last few minutes were nail biting and with vital tackles being won by our regular full-back Mark Mc Keown who was now in midfield and our steady as a rock, midfield engine Tomas Clancy, Belmont held on and scored a very well deserved victory to the delight of our supporters, the management team of John O Sullivan, Jonathan O Connell & Brian Mc Govern and most of all Belmont's famous fourteen!!
    This was a real team effort and each time we made a team change, the man coming onto the pitch, strengthened our side.

    Sean O Connell and Conor Bourke shared the left full position throughout to great effect alongside our new centre-half partnership of Lloyd Sweeney & Hugh Mc Govern who each received the man of the match award because of their confidence and workrate throughout. The other points for workrate went to Josh Swaine & Alex Kennedy, but to be honest any of our boys could have been the recipients.

    The teams was as follows: Oscar O Se, Mark Mc Keown, Sean O Connell, Hugh Mc Govern, Lloyd Sweeney, Josh Swaine, Alex Kennedy, Cameron O Neill, Tomas Clancy, Conor Fitzpatrick, James Arbuthnott, Fiachra O Higgins, Conor Bourke & Hugh Tyrrell.

    18/11/13 - U11's earn 2-2 draw against St James's

     Belmont B 2  -  2 Railway Union

    A brave and courageous display from Belmont meant they thoroughly deserved to finish with a draw in this most thrilling encounter.

    The home team started very brightly with George Morris being the outstanding player in the middle of the park, taking control of the Belmont attack and winning some great tackles. The entire midfield worked really well to give Belmont the upper hand, with Sam Gallagher on the left wing, and James McCarthy and Paddy Keane linking up really well down the right hand side, exposing the Railway defensive weakness on that touchline.  Keane was getting some great crosses in.  About halfway through the first half the ball was played in for Morris who produced a lovely back flick for Leo Maguire to run onto on the left and fire into the left hand corner of the net.

    Maguire was also doing brilliant work in the centre of defence and his clearances were providing his team mates with plenty of attacking opportunities.  Conor Houlihan was also fantastic, making several key tackles.  Zach O’Neill and Anthony Steyn were also getting stuck into the opposition attackers, and Jamie McLoughlin was rock solid between the posts.

    Half time:  Belmont 1 – 0 Railway Union.

    Railway Union came out with all guns blazing in the second half, but for the first six or seven minutes, Belmont were holding their own.  Marco Malinverno was again moving the ball well up the wings with some good long range clearances and Luke Morrisson was adding some strength to the rearguard action. However, the pressure eventually told when Railway’s superior numbers on the break caught our defence flatfooted and despite a valiant effort from goalkeeper Sam Gallagher, (who had minutes before tipped a high dangerous pass just away from free Railway striker for a near certain goal), Railway equalled the scoring.

    Jamie McLoughlin, now playing upfront, put in a man of the match performance taking the ball right at the Railway defence on a number of occasions but couldn’t break through.  Leo Maguire was key in winning the ball at the back and feeding it forward.  However, the strain of the constant defensive concentration proved too much and a simple lost ball in the middle of the park saw three Union attackers through on goal to make it 2 – 1.

    Belmont now threw everything at the game and the workrate was tremendous.  A passing move involving McLoughlin, Keane and McCarthy saw Liam Cleary set free just  inside the box on the right and with the opposition goalkeeper committed, Cleary fired the ball across him and into the back of the net.  From the kick off, there was time for only another 30 seconds of play before the ref blew for full time.  A great team effort with everyone working really hard saw Belmont play one of their best games ever, against a side who now sit top of the table.

    12/10/13 - U11 St James v Belmont B

    Newspaper report on the U11B game v St. James Athletic. Click on image for larger view.

    28/09/13 - U11B's, what a difference a year makes!

    Park Vale 0  -  2  Belmont B 

    This time last September the team walked off the pitch having suffered a 5 – 1 home defeat to Park Vale.  Last weekend, we saw a very different Belmont performance away to the same opposition in the foothills of the Dublin mountains. Despite missing some key players on the day, Belmont’s performance was all about teamwork and great effort from all the boys, particularly in the amount of tackling and chasing for the loose ball.  This coupled with some slick passing at times, and some fantastic goalkeeping from Man of the Match Jamie McLoughlin, was the difference between the two teams, as Park Vale played well on the day.

    The first half performance in particular was brilliant.  The defence was rock solid, with great clearing from George Morris and Conor Houlihan.  Zach O’Neill stood up well to a couple of key tackles when Park Vale looked like they might make a breakthrough and took a shot to the face at close range.  Harry Nash came on to keep Park Vale at bay and used his pace to great effect forcing a couple of attackers out over the sideline to ease the pressure on us.  About 10 minutes into the first half, Liam Cleary was put through up the right hand side and cut back towards goal before making a great strike which was deflected by a Park Vale defender into the home side’s net.  Belmont 1 – 0 Park Vale.

    Park Vale then almost equalised with a break up the right of their own – a high shot was beautifully tipped onto the crossbar and over by Jamie McLoughlin, who soon after made a magnificent low diving  save to his right.  Then Sam Gallagher won the ball in midfield and laid the ball off to Leo Maguire who passed a couple of defenders before threading the ball back to Gallagher who finished in style with a low shot drilled past the keeper.  Half time: Belmont 2 – 0 Park Vale.

    The second half was a much closer affair.  Gallagher went between the posts and performed really well.  Sasha Johnston came on for his Belmont debut in midfield and played some lovely touches up the left wing on a number of occasions.  Anthony Steyn was causing the defence some trouble and Luke Morrission and Cleary were linking well down the right hand side to force a couple of corners for Belmont.   Leo Maguire continued to win ball in the tackle and his work rate was tremendous.  Park Vale continued to look for an equaliser as the match drew to a close, but Belmont held on for a great team victory.

    09/09/13 - Belmont U11's

    The Belmont U11 teams provided ther half time entertainment for UCD's home match v Sligi Rovers.


    09/09/13 - Aaaahhh, September, we love it!

    It's time to embrace the roller coaster ride that is “THE COMING SEASON”. The year ahead has lots of exciting new new new things a foot. New Pitches, New Changing Rooms, New 3v3 and 5v5, New Managers, New Kickers, New Clubs to visit and welcome and most importantly new players joining our existing squads.

    Our Kickers Academy welcomes in new recruits and management and continues to be the funnest place to get silky soccer skills (and meet the neighbours) this side of the Nou Camp.

    Some of last years Kickers are this seasons U7s and U8s. They set out on an exciting new SDFL 3v3 and 5v5 “skills based” initiative designed to enhance skills and give confidence to all young players. It’s a change for the SDFL league and new for our club. We are delighted to be involved, it is recognised as the best way for younger players to get soccer skills….ask Messi and the Barca Boys.

    Also new this year, not one but two under 9s taking part in the new 5v5 and existing 7v7 leagues. The 10s welcome new players and a new management team of Brendan and Stephen. John and Pat carry on great work with the 11s. SDFL Saturday soccer for U13s is new, as is the move to Sunday for the U14s. The 15s have added a whole new squad.

    We will even have new grass this year. Following an on-going re-seeding and drainage programme by Dublin City Council (well done and thanks) Herbert Park will be available later in the year with a new playing surface. It already looks great and hopefully the club will feel the benefit of that for many years to come.

    In the meantime we will continue to play our small sided games in Darty Park and our 11-a side in Bushy Park.

    Other changes in Herbert Park over the coming months sees work beginning on a re-vamp of the changing rooms. There will be a sneak peak at the plans on over the coming weeks and stand by for some brill new changes to itself. There will be new ways to keep everyone up to speed with the new new new news…as ever thanks to Super-Web-Man Lewis.

    As we look ahead and welcome the new season, a quick look over the shoulder to last season. Well done to all players and managers (and managers know who you are !!) for keeping the yellow and blue flag flying.

    In particular the 9s,10s and 14s had a great season with some silverware on the shelf and league medals in the hand.

    Thanks to Donnybrook Fair for support last season,a brill window display close season, and continuing support this season.

    You can’t beat the excitement of September and “THE COMING SEASON” especially this year with lots of new new new everywhere we look. Welcome back and aboard, have a great season in the yellow and blue.