Rosemount Mulvey will cap a remarkable 12 months this weekend if they manage to beat Dunard YC and seal the LSL Saturday Premier title in their first year back in senior football.
The Windy Arbour side need just one win from their final four fixtures to confirm their name on the trophy – a feat that looks almost inevitable given they’ve won their last nine on the bounce.
With 15 wins from their 18 games – and another expunged after Larkview pulled out of the league – it’s consistency that has been king for the club resurrected from the ashes last summer.
The club – one-time FAI Junior Cup finalists – had folded in 2014 with senior men’s and women’s and schoolboy teams all disappearing.
The imminent 50th anniversary of the club’s formation stirred some of its former members into action and the club was launched afresh.
It was the brainchild of former player Karl Markey – who manages the side – and Gary Roberts, while five-time league winner with Shelbourne Richie Baker is on board as a coach.
And despite having been placed in Saturday Premier, a level below their preferred league, their performance on the field this season has surpassed even their own lofty expectations.
“At the start of the league you’re hoping you’re going to challenge, but it’s been more than we wanted,” Markey told the Dublin Gazette.
“Promotion is what we wanted in our heads, and a cup run is always good to get trophies on the board, but we did want to try and go up the leagues.
“It is mind-blowing from our point of view. We couldn’t believe it, and we still can’t in general. I’ve been blown away with the amount of effort the lads have put in.”
With a team made up of former Rosemount players, some who had worked under Markey at Granada and CYM Beechwood, and some locals, they set about rebuilding the club.
Key to that effort has been Baker, who has coached alongside Markey over the past few years, who at 38 has even stretched to making a few substitute appearances himself during the year.
“We had old Rosemount players, old players from Granada and steadfasts. We just threw everyone in. Having Richie come in and do the pre-season training, everyone just gelled together.
“To win nine games in a row in the league is quite incredible for a team that was just thrown together in July.”
Despite only officially being a year old, the club have high ambitions, with plans to enter a second Saturday team next season already in the works.
June will see the club run a six-week academy program on Saturdays, with Baker and other senior players chipping in to help the club re-establish its ties with the community.
“We’re doing, from June 9, a Rosemount Mulvey academy and we’re running that for six weeks from ages four to ten.
“It’s about bringing more back to the community in general. The long-term goal is to have two or three teams. We want to have an academy. We want to have junior teams in general.
“We want to bring football back to Rosemount Mulvey and the Dundrum area in general.”
They also have a Lynch Cup final to look forward to following a 2-0 midweek win over Valeview Shankill with Arran MacNamee scoring both goals on Tuesday night.