Rosemount firing on all fronts with top teams thriving

by Dave Donnelly
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Rosemount Mulvey grabbed a double derby victory in a top weekend of football for the Dundrum club who only added their second-string Leinster Senior League outfit at the start of this term.

Mulvey had a big weekend with a pair of local contests in Marlay Park, the fixtures just before the first team’s big Leinster Junior Cup contest against Kingswood Celtic in Tallaght this weekend.

Both faced windy, torrid conditions on the ground in south Dublin, but came out with two wins.

The Major 1D side are becoming a fast-rising “one to watch” in Dublin, having enjoyed strong runs in both the FAI Junior Cup and the Leinster Cup in the early stages of the season.

That cup fun has somewhat hampered their league progress: after losing in the opening day, the side have played only three more games, taking seven points.

Their latest win comes against Mount Merrion, with the old local rivals seen off 2-1 in poor conditions on the Marlay Park astros. Mulvey led 1-0 and missed a penalty in the first half, before conceding an equaliser.

They ultimately took the game through a wind-assisted goal direct from a corner kick, taking the tie in a win second team manager Gary Roberts admits was “perhaps a little fortunate” under the circumstances.

Roberts’ own team, who are currently playing their first season in the Major 3A division, have a similar record to their clubmates. They’ve gone on a seven-game run to the top of the division having lost on the opening day.

In equally poor conditions on the Marlay Park grass, Rosemount’s second XI grabbed an early 3-0 lead against divisional rivals Broadford Rovers, but conceded just before half time to open up the contest.

Broadford played with the substantial wind in the second half, putting Mulvey under periods of sustained pressure, but the Dundrum side came out on top, ultimately winning 4-1.

“The scoreline probably didn’t reflect the balance of the game, but it was a good win for us,” Roberts reported. Having beaten Mount Merrion the previous week, the second team are also on a bit of a role when it comes to local match ups.

The club has expanded to an academy of 30 kids in recent weeks, and is hoping to add both a women’s team and community games side to its ranks in the near future, with anyone keen to play welcome to drop in to training sessions or contact them online.

The weekend’s tie against Kingswood Celtic will be a tough one, but could see Rosemount within a round of qualifying for next year’s FAI Senior Cup by reaching the Junior Cup quarterfinals – they’re within sight of an incredible achievement.

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