Fingallians junior footballers were celebrating this week after they claimed victory in promotion play-off final against Bank of Ireland at Ringsend Park, a result which will see them plying their trade in the highly competitive Division 6 next season.
Having defeated St Mary’s Saggart in a tough contest in the promotion semi-final which saw the teams only separated in extra-time, Fingallians took the knowledge gained about their opponents in the league defeat at Sean Moore Park at the start of November, which Fingallians lost by 1-8 to 0-5, into the league decider.
In the absence of key forward Richie Herrity who broke his hand midweek, the team had to be slightly restructured, but the experience of winning the Murphy Cup and their run to the final of the junior B championship stood them in good competitive stead.
Fingallians started slowly, however, and Bank of Ireland scored 1-1 in the opening minutes to create an early lead.
But their advantage was pegged back slowly and surely, a process started by the midfield delivering a good ball into the Fins’ full forward Mark McCardle who scored.
This was followed by a number of frees before midfielder Killian Power added to the goal tally, allowing the team to go in at the break by 2-4 to 1-5.
The second half was a lot closer, and Fingallians were able to stand firm as Bank Of Ireland threw everything at their opponents in search of the coveted promotion. However, points on the counter-attack kept them in front.
Speaking to Gazette Sport this week, manager Gary McCallion said he was proud of what his players had achieved.
“The team did the best they could, and we knew if we put in the effort we would get the right result here. The attitiude all year has been outstanding, and they have been going well in training.
“The team has only been together in the last 18 months, and we will integrate more of the minors and Under-21s into the side. We have a good blend, and we hope to make the play-offs again next year at least.”