Rosemount rebirth continues with FAI Junior Cup last 32 spot on the line

by Dave Donnelly

Rosemount Mulvey’s remarkable rebirth continues as they stand on the verge of a last 32 place in the FAI Junior Cup – just five years after folding completely.

The Dundrum side travel to Meath for a difficult fifth round tie against Dunboyne on Saturday with the wind in their sails after losing home advantage when the original date was rained off last month.

They won the Premier Saturday title and the Lynch Cup in their first season back in senior football last year, and this year entered a second Saturday side in Division 3A.

Rosemount Mulvey was once a major force in southside soccer and, with 40 players now signed across the two senior sides, they’ve set their sights on returning to former glories.

And that could start on Saturday, where an away win will set up a last 32 tie with Crumlin United’s Saturday side the following week.

“It’s never easy playing away, especially out in Dunboyne,” Rosemount Mulvey manager Karl Markey tells the Dublin Gazette.

“We will be traveling out in a bus as a squad, but the squad have trained hard this week and will be ready.”

Rosemount have seen off Portmarnock, Stella Maris and Kingswood on their way to the fifth round, but Dunboyne will present a tougher test.

They’ll need top scorer Aaron McNamee, the 19-year-old having scored five already in this cup run, and playmaker Kevin Foley on form.

Captain Kenny Simpson has returned from injury, while Chris Davis and Cal Kane look set to shake off knocks, as Markey seeks a cup run to help revive interest in a football-mad part of Dublin.

“The plan is to push the club to where it once was. Already we have 40 signed senior players with two teams in LSL.

“The Academy is the next big thing. We have had summer and Halloween kids’ academy camps and from February we will doing a kids’ training every Saturday morning in Rosemount.

“Then in the summer we will do an eight-week camp under the direction of League of Ireland legend Richie Baker. The long-haul plan is to then introduce kids teams back to Rosemount Mulvey.”

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