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Club going on Tour in May with a few friendies beforehand.

December 2nd 2004

Athy 9 ALSAA 10
Another great win against one of the current top 3 sides saw us take the points out in Athy. In a very hard fought game we managed to ground out the only result that could possibly have kept us in touch with the leaders. While there will be a lot of sore bodies shuffling into work this morning we got the result we needed!
Match Report to follow.

RCSI 47 ALSAA 26
An abysmal first half saw us lose this match by half time. Missed tackles and slowness to the breakdown saw us go into the halftime break with a mountain to climb. In fairness we got our act together and piled on the pressure in the second half scoring 19 of our 24 points and keeping the majority of the possesion. Not the start to our league campaign we'd hoped for. Still there were a good few guys out for their first time in a league game for the club who got a good taste for things.


November 21st 2004

ALSAA 24 Railway Union 8
A great win against one of the current top 3 sides saw us claw back some points over the top teams. While not getting a much needed bonus point we were able to deny Railway theirs. Match Report to follow.

November 21st 2004

ALSAA 24 Railway Union 8
A great win against one of the current top 3 sides saw us claw back some points over the top teams. While not getting a much needed bonus point we were able to deny Railway theirs. Match Report to follow.

November 21st 2004

Gorey 10 ALSAA 16
Back on the winning track over the weekend with a trip down to Gorey. This saw us come away with a much needed win as the top teams in the group start to pull further away. Tries from Viv and Robin put us on our way with a drop goal and penalty from Richie Cowman sealing the win.

Match Report from the Fingal Independant

ALSAA got back to winning ways with a 6-point victory over Gorey, yet did so without really getting out of first gera. In a game marred by second half scuffles, where boht sides had players sin binned, ALSAA enjoyed most of the possession bud didn't make hte most of it.

The airport men stated off brightly and took the lead through a smart drop-goal from Richie Cowman. Gorey were off-target with a penalty before Cowman doubled the lead with aplace kick at the other end.

The ALSAA pack dominated the early exchanges and allowed Cowman time to pin the opponents back with a fine kicking display as well as setting his backs in motion. A scissors move between Cowman and Mike Finnegan cut Gorey's defence open and the centre would have scored but for an excellent tackle yards from the line. The Hosts were reduced to 14 for a stamping offence though Cowman was unable to convert the resulting penalty and ALSAA held a 6-0 lead at half time, where it should have been more.

ALSAA stepped up a gear in the second half and scored an excellent try twelve minutes in. Following a storming 60 run by Des Ryan, the ball was recycled and moved right. After another quick ruck the play was switched right and good work by Finnegan and Richie English allowed Vivian Cullen to score in the corner. Cowman was unsuccessful with the conversion.

ALSAA were very nearly over again minutes later as they looked to turn the screw, but an illegal tackle prevented the score and reduced Gorey to 13. Whilst the game itself was fairly clean, a handful of flare-ups marred what was a sporting contest.

A late tackle by substitute Kenny Nuzum earned the prop a yellow card an both sides dug deep to cover their shortcomings. The visitor's backrow were outstanding throughout. Particularly openside flanker Joe Fitzachary , whose performance - especially at the breakdown, earned him the man of the match award.

Gorey came to life with a try though slack defending was the key to a softly conceded score. ALSAA were in danger of repeating last week's error of letting a game they dominated slip, but the Fingal side responded in a positive fashion.

ALSAA got their much needed second try 15 minutes frin tune through Robin Kiely. Again, good work from the pack brought ALSAA to within ten metres of the line. From a ruck, Cowman went blind and fed Kiely who dived over in the corner for the try.

Gorey replied with a minute from time to claw the deficit back to six points, but the airport men held on, the missed conversion being the final act. A good result for ALSAA and their third win on the road. They next face Railway Union at home next Sunday , with a 2pm kickoff.

November 14th 2004

ALSAA 14 Clondalkin 28
Winning ways came to an end yesterday up at ALSAA. Hopefully we can bounce back for the game against Gorey this weekend. Tony Lawless will be putting people through their paces on tuesday and as many guys as possible (1sts & 2nds) are encouraged to come down.

Match Report from the Fingal Independant

ALSAA suffered their first league defeat of the season with a below par performance at home to Clondalkin last Sunday.

The airport side looked lethargic throughout and though they enjoyed a fair amount of possession, they never played to their potential.

On a day to forget, ALSAA were rattled two minutes in when hooker Ivor O’Loughlin suffered a neck injury and required an ambulance, though later it emerged he wasn’t seriously injured.

The 20-minute delay seemed to take the spark out of the home side but they opened the scoring none the less five minutes in.

After a forward break to the right, the ball was moved left through the backline and out to wing Des Ryan who showed fantastic pace to cap off an excellent try in the corner.

Richie Cowman was off-target with the conversion but landed a penalty minutes later to increase the lead to 8-0.

That was as good as it got for ALSAA as they never really seemed to be able to get out of first gear. Clondalkin relied heavily on their pack and worked their rolling maul game to good effect.

It was from such a maul that the visitors got their first score, breaking through tackles in the middle of the field for a converted try. Cowman’s second penalty gave his side an 11-7 half-time lead.

The second period continued in the same vane, ALSAA looked muted and Clondalkin keeping it alive in the forwards. Despite several breaks and half-chances, th men in green couldn’t find their way over the try line.

Continuity at the breakdown was a serious problem for ALSAA though they weren’t helped by deliberate slowing from their opponents. Cowman kept ALSAA ticking over with another penalty, before Clondalkin cut loose, missed tackles costing the home side dear.

ALSAA conceded three second half tries, the result of poor tackling once more, and with that the match.

Even at this early stage, it is vital that the airport men stay in touch with the pace setters if they are to achieve promotion this year and next week’s trip to Gorey will provide ALSAA with a stern test.

J4 Blitz Semi Final
Unfortunatly an ill disciplined game saw us beat our selves yesterday. Persistant mouthing off to the ref saw most decisions go against us and we ruined a lot of hard work by giving away needless penalties. 3 yellow cards over the space of the game saw us lose a man for good towards the end of full time and another for most of extra time.
Belvedere got the first score early on in the first half via some poor tackling on the Belvedere centre , although we bounced right back with an oppertunistic Rossi try from a ruck on thier line. In the second half we dominated most of the play and got a deserved try via our forwards. While we should have tied things up while we were on top we let our discipline slip and Belvedere made the most of it. 2 Halves of extra time were played with Belvedere getting a score early as we were down to 14 men. Our subsequent slip to 13 men saw us unable to get the equaliser.

November 7th 2004

Birr 8 ALSAA 15
Congratulations to the first XV on 2 out of 2 wins and both away in the Leinster league. Despite a number of injuries in the pack we still managed to put together a reasonable away win!
Match report to follow

November 7th 2004

J4 Blitz
Congratulations to the second XV for winning all four of their games in the last of the 3 blitzes over in Barnhall. With a lot of effort and heart the guys dug deep to win four out of four beating Guinness first 2 tries to 1, then Stillorgan 2 tries to 1, then Suttionians 1 try to 0 and finally Barnhall 1 try to 0. Fine performances from all concerned gave us the win with some dogged defending in the backs and some determined forward play securing nearly all our tries.

Octover 17th 2004
North Kildare 17 ALSAA 25
Congratulations to the first XV on a strong start to the season. In a game whose score doesn't do justice to the control ALSAA had over the game it was good to get a win under the belt.

Match Report from the Fingal Independant

ALSAA kicked off their Leinster League season with a hard fought win over North Kildare on Sunday.

The airport side dominated the first half leading 20-5 at the break but struggled to kill off the game in the second half, eventually holding out for an eight-point win.

RIchie Cowman’s early penalty got the visitors off the mark before Kildare replied with a fortunate try. Following a kick through the ball was grounded over Kildare’s line for a 22 drop out, which was then charged down and broke to the blindside where Kildare had an overlap and ran in an unconverted try.

ALSAA responded with an excellent try from Cowman, the outhalf dummying a pass before ghosting through the cover for the try which he converted. A second successful Cowman penalty minutes later put his side 13-5 up.

With ALSAA clearly on top and with the wind at their backs, they pushed forward and found a second score midway through the half. Defending a scrum in their own 22, ALSAA gained possession through a huge tackle from centre Vivian Cullen.

Cowman gathered the loose ball, launched a huge kick, gathered well by the advancing Joe Fitzachary. The flanker fed Cowman who drew the cover and set-up right wing Robin Kiely for a try under the posts. Cowman’s conversion put 15 points between the sides.

Both teams played out the remaining five minutes of the half with a player in the sin bin, ALSAA losing scrum-half James Kubran after an offence at a ruck. More worryingly hooker Fran McKevitt had to retire with an ankle injury, which subsequently weakened the visitor’s scrum.

The second half turned scrappy and though ALSAA could be accused of taking their foot off the gas, Kildare upped their tempo at the same time, using the advantage of the wind to effect. In fact the hosts ended up outscoring their opponents in the second half.

The result was never really in doubt, perhaps the failure to secure the bonus point was the only real disappointment.

Buoyed by their sudden scrummaging dominance, Kildare ran in two tries, more the result of ALSAA’s defensive shortcomings then any creativity or dynamics in attack. In between the scores, wing Des Ryan rounded off an excellent move to touch down in the corner and more or less seal the win.

The superb performances of the two Richies, English and Cowman was a definite key factor to the outcome. A good result for ALSAA and plenty of positives to take into their league season where promotion will be their number one priority.

TV Appearance
Congratulations to Derek Brennan who made his Network TV debut there on Wednesday 18th of December with a staring role in RTE's openhouse series. Derek displayed his intricate knowledge of the fine arts of turkey braising and stuffing. In fairness he has bruised and stuffed a few turkeys on the pitch over the seasons but this was a first for the big second row. Eloquently delivering his lines and complementing the professional chef with flair derek did himself and the club proud. No doubt the fruits of his labours will be shared with the team over the christmas period. Good man Derek!
Evidently the occasion proved too much for the big man as he doesn't seem to be able to decide what to wear for a 15 minute slot. The blue shirt or the pinkish one. Blue definitly!

Congratulations

Best wishes from every one in the club go to the following on their recent good news.
Denis O'Sullivan has just married long time girlfriend Sarah.

Training

Training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday on the pitch for 7pm. All are welcome.