Inchicore out of rut and back in frame for a big promotion

by Dave Donnelly

Inchicore Athletic manager David Hyland believes the relentless end-of-season fixture list could play to his young side’s advantage as they chase promotion from LSL Sunday Senior 1A.

The Pearse Park side have played themselves back into contention for back-to-back promotions with six games remaining in the season.

Inchicore celebrated a historic FAI Cup qualifying round win over neighbours Crumlin United – who sit two divisions above them – last weekend as they prevailed on penalties.

Hyland’s side saw a five-game winning streak come to a crashing end when bad weather saw them go without a game for five weeks, but they returned to winning ways this week.

But having been handed the tough task of three games in the space of six days – an unreasonable demand to put on amateur players – Inchicore have dug themselves out of the rut.

Six points off the promotion spots with two games in hand, Hyland knows his side have their fate in their own hands with six games to play.

“The weird thing about us is we’re so young, it suits us playing [that many games],” Hyland told the Dublin Gazette.

“We’re better when we build up momentum. We’d a couple of weeks where we didn’t play and lost three on the spin.

“The pitches were off with the bad weather, it doesn’t seem to suit us. When you keep throwing games at us, we build up momentum.”

Sunday afternoon saw Inchicore play their second game in three days – and they backed up a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart Killinarden with another 4-2 way, away this time, to Lucan United.

Things started badly for Inchicore and they fell beside early on as Conor Foley and former Crumlin United man James Lee put the home side 2-0 to the good.

Daniel Geraghty pulled a goal back for the visitors before the break, and he added another after half time. Jack Cronin also grabbed a brace to complete the turnaround.

“We lost three bodies to Lucan the week before the season started. Karma is a bitch, as I said the other day to them,” joked Hyland.

“We had never really given up on promotion. We had eight games left when we started this run-in and I said if they win seven out of eight that would possibly get us promotion.

“They all thought I was off my rocker! I think slowly, when you say eight and then it becomes six, they start to think maybe we can do this.

“We’d a similar run last year when I took over. They’d won one in eight when I came in and I think we went on to the end of the year without losing.”

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