Dundrum have a case for being the unluckiest side in Sunday football as they suffered relegation on goal difference for the second successive year.
The southside club were one of five teams to finish the Saturday Major 1A season locked on 27 points – with the final relegation spot still to be decided.
A 2-0 defeat to Portmarnock on Saturday – when even a draw would have been enough to send the north Dublin side down – doomed Sean Delaney’s charges to the drop.
“It was desperately unlucky,” club secretary Dave O’Brien told the Dublin Gazette.
“It’s unbelievable to get even two teams with the same number of points. But to get five all on 27 points, and as a result we were the bottom on goals difference. We got relegated.
“It was desperately unlucky. That was the second year – we also got relegated the previous difference on goals.”
Despite going into the game three points ahead of their opponents, Dundrum were underdogs as Porto have a bigger squad to call on as their senior team play in the top intermediate league.
Dundrum, by contrast, were the only team in the division for whom it’s their first team competing at Saturday Major level, and the smaller pool of talent eventually told.
More damaging for Dundrum’s season was a disastrous opening that saw them concede 25 goals in their first four games – including a 10-0 opening-day hammering to eventual champions Booth Road.
“For the rest of the season, we only conceded another 35, but that that ten goals was the ultimate reason we went down.”
The club is a pillar of the community in Dundrum and, with all the players being local, the majority are expected to stay and help Delaney challenge for an immediate return.
“The men’s shed use [the clubhouse] during the week and all the residents’ associations have their meetings there.
“We run an FAI schools camp, and it’s nearly always one of the top ones in Dublin. Coaches want to come – they get well looked after, the facilities are good and the pitches are good.
“Next week, they’re running an underage World Cup.”