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Mulvey kicks Scoil to win in a thriller

A DRAMATIC and exceptional score from wing-back Aidan Mulvey saw Scoil Uí Chonaill prevail by 1-14 to 0-16 against Na Fainna after extra-time in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 3 promotion play-off final at St Mobhi Road last Sunday morning.

With the dramatic encounter seemingly destined for a replay, Mulvey landed an inspirational point in added time to clinch back-to-back promotions for the Clontarf Road outfit.

"Securing successive promotions is a fantastic achievement by the lads," offered Scoil manager Declan O'Sullivan.

"It is testament to their application and efforts over the year where their collective commitment was superb.

"Anything that we asked them to do, they did it and I believe that next year, they will be playing at a level that complements their talents and abilities," he said.

After an expectedly tight opening, the visitors spurned a golden opportunity as Donncha Fenton saw his 18th minute penalty saved but he made amends soon after with a superb fetch and strike to net for the game's solitary goal.

The hosts responded well with Shay Cloherty, who finished the game with 0-7 (5f), leading the fightback as Na Fianna trailed by just 1-6 to 0-6 at the interval.

The second-half saw the Glasnevin outfit maintain that momentum with four scores on the bounce as they benefited from the influential displays of Paddy Collins, Cloherty and Joey McGuirk.

However, their inability to build on their lead ensured Scoil remained in contention with substitutes Eoghan O'Connell and Lewis Cassidy impressing upon their introduction.

Fenton and Eoin O'Carroll kept their scoreboard ticking over and with Dan Lane making a favourable effort in restricting Cloherty's impact, the game moved into extra-time.

A '45' by O'Carroll looked to have confirmed Scoil's win but Cloherty levelled matters soon after only for Mulvey to land the decisive strike with the final kick of the game.

"We lost our first two league games so to secure promotion from that is a wonderful achievement," said O'Sullivan.

His counterpart, Kevin Bulman, bemoaned his side's failure to build on a position of strength as the definitive reason for their defeat.

"We only have ourselves to blame as we never showed that killer instinct to impose ourselves on the match when going well. Fair play to Scoil though," added Bulman.