Ratoath Harps 2005/2006

As season 2005 – 2006 approached adult football was at its lowest ebb for many years but a chance meeting between committee member Mark Flood and current first team manager Gay Goucher started a change for the better. Gay and his right hand man Vinny Macken introduced some new players, and higher standards, to the set up and immediate improvements were noticed. Good runs in Cup competitions and a battle for promotion ensued, but unfortunately there was no silverware at the end of their first season. Season 2006-2007 started with high hopes and initial performances augured well. Good runs in the Leinster and F.A.I. Junior Cups were topped with a Polikoff Cup final appearance, which unfortunately resulted in a defeat by St. Pats.

The Harps got over this defeat in the best possible way by winning the L.S.L. Major 1 title and bringing long awaited silverware to the trophy cabinet. Darren and Michael Gilchrist took over the second team in the Saturday L.S.L. Premier 2 division and had a great season, just missing promotion. Well done to all concerned.


Back: Colm Currie , Matt Conway, Derek Kavanagh, Barry Maguire,

Gary Duff (Player of the Year), Gareth Wilson, Brendan Arthur, Robbie Kelly, Danny Lonergan, Gay Goucher.

Front: Brian Conway, Keith Byrne, David Hempenstall, Jordan Lancaster (Top scorer), Marcus Cowzer,

Damien Lynch, Graham Kavanagh, Vinny Macken.