There were double celebrations in Glenville at the weekend as their first team sealed their LSL Sunday Senior 1 status while the seconds were promoted back to Saturday Major 1.
Three wins on the bounce for Wayne Kelly’s Sunday saw his side to safety with a game to spare after making it three wins on the spin away to UCD at the weekend.
Glenville have endured a tough couple of years with both sides tasting relegation but there are signs the future is bright for the Palmerstown club.
An injection of young players saw the Saturday side, managed by Colm Massey and assistant Eamon Lynch, promoted back to the second tier of Saturday football at the first attempt.
The majority of the seconds are under the age of 21 and some have tasted first-team action already this season and are likely to in the final game against Tullamore Town on Friday.
“It’s a really great achievement that the Saturday team got promoted,” Kelly told the Dublin Gazette.
“We had five or six new young players who are all between the ages of 18 and 20, and they played the majority of the Saturday games this year.
“It’s a real credit to them and the mixture of the older lads that they’ve managed to come back up with some fantastic performances.
“It was a tough season, but every time they were put under pressure or asked questions, they always delivered on results. They were excellent.”
On the Sunday side, a spate of early-season injuries hampered their early-season progress and they managed just three wins before Christmas.
However, several of those players came back into the fold in the final weeks and 14 points from their final nine games was enough to see them to safety.
“We had a lot of injuries,” Kelly added.
“Eight or nine games ago, we started getting lads back and our form started to turn.
“We played Glebe North and were losing 1-0 and we equalised in the 96th minute to make it 1-1 and it was a sign we’d turned the corner again.
“We’re delighted we’re not going into the last day needing any points to stay up, which isn’t easy, because two from five can go down depending on results and permutations.”
Nerves were still jangling at half time in UCD as the home side, who had confirmed their survival with their fourth straight win the previous week, proved stern opposition.
However a header from centre-half Conor Moore and a fine finish from Carl Corcoran saw Glenville to a 2-0 win that lifted them four points from the relegation zone.
“Moore has scored a couple from centre back recently and Josh Clifford has scored three in the last two games.
“He scored one of the best goals I’ve seen in 20 years of the Leinster Senior League in a 3-1 home win over TEK,” Kelly concluded.