Saturday Major seems an aptly named division. The LSL Saturday top flight is populated by major amateur names and clubs with major ambitions.
You have the likes of Crumlin, Cherry Orchard, Wayside, Bluebell, Malahide and so on making up a competitive division, all teams with later stage FAI Junior Cup hopes too.
However, among the star studded Saturday sides will be a name less recognizable next season.
Colepark, have come out of obscurity and having secured promotion The Goats will now graze among the big names at the top table.
Some claim all praise has to be tempered by the fact this Colepark squad is the clubs first rather than their second string, but it is a considerable achievement nonetheless.
Having reformed as recently as 2010 the club have managed a sensational seven years securing seven trophies and six promotions en route to the top flight.
Speaking to the JSP about the run Greg Byrne, who upgraded from Paul Murray’s assistant to manager at the start of this season, said,
“It’s been an unbelievable season to be fair. We’ve come a long way as a club in 7 years. Success would have been staying up and consolidate. We have an ability to rise to occasions and we did in so many games this year and the credit for that goes to the players.”
Byrne knows they are effectively small fish in a shark infested pond, but believes they can have an impact in Major Saturday next term.
“We’re not a big club in terms of pull up to now and hopefully people are starting to look over their shoulder in the Saturday section of the LSL and see the re-emergence of a great old club. A lot of members of the current squad have links or relations to the old Colepark United who were around in the 70s and 80s and won some important trophies and we are happy to carry on that tradition and have delivered every year since we reformed in 2010,” he added before suggesting he or the club won’t accept their lot.
“On a personal level it was my first season at the helm and to cap it off like this was the cake after securing promotion. We won’t rest there either. There are big plans for the club next season and we will look to add to the squad. But the players coming in will need to have that special something to fit in with a special bunch of players. If they have that they in on for a ride.”