East Wall Bessborough are all set and ready for a big 2016/17 season. The AUL Premier A giants are looking to once again compete at the top end of the table and build on their fourth place finish last season.
While managing to maintain a number of their top players, Anthony Macken has also added David Lee and Stephen Maguire from Killester United, Austin Skelly from Trinity/Donaghmede, Joey Watson from Dublin Central FC (formerly O’Devany Dunard) and Glen Humphrey who returns to amateur football due to a long term injury having last played for Tolka Rovers. Macken has called them ”all proven and experienced players with good pedigrees at the top level.”
Bessborough enjoyed an excellent pre-season which included a run to the final of the Tommy Clements Cup which Macken feels helped boost their preparations.
”We had a good four week pre-season and then played 6 competitive games in the Tommy Clements Cup where we were beaten in the final by a good Hardwick side.
”It was great preparation for our league campaign ahead and served its purpose as we used 24 players in total, particularly in the final where we had 7 Premier A players injured and we started four of our Senior Saturday players.”
Macken has highlighted the importance of working on the physical aspect of his squad as the long-season can prove highly demanding, particularly the beginning of this season which sees East Wall play five games in the opening two weeks.
”Last week and this week we have been and will be doing a lot of shape work,and set pieces along with developing further the physical aspect of the squad as we play five games in the 1st two weeks of the season, a big demand on amateur players highlighting the need for a big squad which we have.
”I am expecting to 2 more players in this week while we have also bolstered the senior saturday squad with 10 new players in the door and have also a third team in the club made up predominantly of young 17 year old local lads who will play in Division 3 sunday. That gives us 4 teams including the very successful over 35s who won the treble last season and were beaten finalists in the 0ver 35 leinster cup.”
Asked on Eastwall’s targets for the season, Macken gave an intriguing response.
”I dont set targets really. We set our stall out to win every game and wherever that takes us in the league and various cup competitions so be it.
The targets for the players are simple: train hard with the club, do external training if needed, take on board the tactical information and perform to your best when given the chance.”