Rosemount kings of Hill in LSL Premier

by Stephen Findlater

ROSEMOUNT MULVEY have enjoyed a fiery return to the the Leinster Senior League in the 2017/ 2018 season, storming to the top of the LSL Saturday Premier division as they look to reestablish their presence in the Windy Arbour area.
Formerly one of the biggest clubs in the area, Mulvey’s return after three years’ absence has seen fireworks on the pitch, proving a major force in their new division.
It comes amid disputes with the local council and issues with the league off the pitch over their lack of access to a local clubhouse and, in particular, its toilet facilities.
The club have been drawing crowds, however, and the arrival of local rivals Beechill – dispatched emphatically 10-1 away from home on November – marked the first home contest of the New Year over the weekend.
The first half, as is often the way with derbies, was somewhat contentious, though it did see Mulvey again establish their superiority. After a pressing opening, they broke the deadlock early after Vincent Corley was able to turn Beechill’s last man to tap in for the first.
Mulvey felt they should have had a second shortly afterwards. After a series of corners, Sijay Daly’s strike from the edge of the box seemed to be blocked with a hand on the line by a Beechill defender.
With protests waved away (and still ringing in the referee’s ears), an unimpressed home side were caught out, as a defensive mix up in the home box immediately after the alleged handball saw Kenneth Simpson put through his own net for the equaliser.
Perhaps that particular turn of events had some impact on the awarding of a soft penalty in Mulvey’s favour shortly afterwards. Given for a modest push, John O’Neill stroked home from the penalty spot.
He re-asserted his class shortly afterwards, stepping past a Beechill defender to curl the ball into the top right before the break. Mulvey went in with a deserved 3-1 lead.
It was clear that this particular contest wasn’t going to end in the same manner of thrashing dished out earlier in the year, however, and it took another 15 minutes for the home side to add their fourth, Corley grabbing his tenth of the season as Mulvey dominated.
An Eoin Barry cross for Gary Crowley saw the fifth goal tapped home with ten minutes remaining for a 5-1 win, and inarguable local superiority for the newly reformed Rosemount.
Mulvey now sit pretty at the top of the Saturday Premier with a five point lead and game advantage over nearest rivals Celbridge Town.
They have won 11 of 14 games this year, though they might look over their shoulder at unbeaten AIB FC, who could surpass them through their games in hand. Beechill United face a struggle to avoid the drop, with just four points from ten games.

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