The mighty Mochta’s

by James Hendicott

BRIAN McCarthy says St Mochta’s abundant character, particularly in the LSL Sunday Senior season’s dying days, was crucial as his side won their first ever title at this level.
“We thought we could compete at the start of the season,” the manager said of his charges in just their second season in the top tier of intermediate football.
“If you don’t believe you can compete, you shouldn’t do it. But I don’t think we really expected to win. It’s been a really topsy turvy season. There’s been times when we were in front, times with Bluebell and Cherry Orchard in front and Crumlin really came back into it at the end.
“The win against Bluebell [who Mochta’s defeated to create a final day showdown] showed we can perform under pressure,” he continued. “On Saturday, there was no point in thinking about goals.
“ We didn’t go out looking to sort the goal difference, we just went out for the win.”
Mochta’s overturned Bluebell at the top of the table by a single count in their goal difference, winning 4-0 away at Wayside Celtic on the final day, as Bluebell could only beat ten man Crumlin United 2-1.
“Everybody at the ground knew what was going on!” McCarthy said, recalling how his strategy was affected by news from the other match.
“I heard Bluebell had scored from the crowd and sent a player up to try and get another goal. He’d just gone up and I heard Crumlin had equalised and I had to call him back again,” the Mochta’s boss explained.
“It was a great performance. We could have had more; we had two goals disallowed, and one of them I really felt should have been a goal. It was some night.”
Praising his side, McCarthy added: “We have two fantastic goalkeepers at the club and the back four have been outstanding all season. We were top at Christmas last year but ended up sixth or seventh. We just had that bit more this time around.”
The club’s win against Wayside Celtic on Saturday evening was celebrated wildly in the Dublin mountains after news from the other fixture came through; the culmination of a fantastic few years for Mochta’s.
“We’ll get to add the EA Sports Cup, representing our league, to our busy schedule next year,” McCarthy adds, proudly.
“It’s a great problem to have. We’ve been out celebrating two nights in a row. It would have been very easy to admit defeat before the Bluebell game. Our team gave everything under pressure. I’m really proud of them.”

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