LSL Senior Division 1
St Francis was founded by John Hyland and friends in 1958 initially as a schoolboy club. In 1968, the first adult side was introduced as St Francis joined the Athletic Union League, winning the division 2A in their first season. In their second season St Francis won the FAI Junior Cup, the highest honour for junior sides in Ireland. The club progressed into the intermediate ranks and soon become one of the top teams at that grade, winning the Leinster Senior League 1989. The following year St Francis became the first non league side to reach the FAI Cup Final in over 50 years before finally losing to Bray Wanderers. Their fairytale story, combined with the final moving to Lansdowne Road saw a crowd of over 33,000 witness the historic final.
St. Francis drew their first game at home 1-1 with Broadford Rovers.
The Saints opening game saw Sacred Heart equalise late in the game to grab a point.
Manager, Brian Mc Carthy had mixed feelings about the result, " I thought we played very well and it's a very difficult place to go, leading with a few minutes remaining it was disappointing not to win all three points, but it's a good point away from home".
Craig Sheridan slotted into the heart of the defence beside Luke Harrison and it's a partnership we could see a lot more of this season. Glen Crowe and Martin O' Neill are both closer to returning to the side and could feature tomorrow.
On Sundays game, Mc Carthy added, " St Francis are a great club, with history and tradition and they have an excellent manager, it should be a great game, we are looking forward to it".
Kick OFF is 11.00 am.
Our shop will be open selling tea, coffee, soup and snacks.