Roses await FAI ruling

by Dave Donnelly

Rosemount Mulvey won their biggest post-reformation game as the Dundrum side left it late to defeat Dunboyne AFC 2-0 in Meath to reach the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.

What happens next remains up in the air – at time of going to press – as their date with Crumlin has seen plenty of back and forth.

“We’ve had a few issues with the FAI,” manager Karl Markey told the Dublin Gazette. “They wanted it played this weekend; if we played it this weekend, we’d lose home advantage.

“We agreed Monday evening it would be played in Rosemount next Saturday. Now, on Tuesday, we got an email from the FAI saying they went to see the Rosemount pitch this morning and it’s not suitable under such rulings that the game has to be played in an enclosed ground.

“We have to come up with some solution or even meet with the FAI and see what they propose we do, if we can rope off the pitch or not. We want to play the game in Rosemount.

“They’ve been pushing for us to play it this week, lose home advantage and go play in Crumlin. Now they’ve thrown another spanner in the works, we’ve no dugouts, another spanner again. So I don’t know what we’re going to do at the moment.”

It makes for confusion ahead of what would be a big moment for the club in their recent history.

Mulvey are previous finalists in the national junior competition, back in 1992, but had gone out of existence for several years before reforming to play in the LSL in 2017.

In last weekend’s cup tie, Mulvey were in control from the off, pressing Dunboyne back into a defensive stance in the opening period, forcing the Meath side into a battling, defensive approach.

Dunboyne goalkeeper Rob Hickey made several early saves with Liam Byrne at the heart of much of Rosemount’s attacking ambition.

The pattern continued until the break: Rosemount created a succession of opportunities, but failed to find the onion bag as Dunboyne battled against the rising tide, and Hickey turned away the visitors best efforts.

The home side did come to life in the second half with Joey Supsed chipping over Chris McCudden in the Rosemount goal, and forcing a goal line clearance from the back-tracking visiting defence.

That was to be the only clear chance of the game for Dunboyne, though, as Rosemount continued to dictate terms/ They created a number of other chances before a right-wing cross saw centre back Daniel Kennedy nod home and finally put Rosemount in front, to their vocal relief.

They added a flourish to what was ultimately an outstanding away performance when substitute Shane Andrews knocked a second home in the closing stages.

Reflecting on the tie, Markey added: “I did expect a bit more from them and I’d say they didn’t expect much from us being down in 1D. We dominated the game from the first minute to the last minute.”

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