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Enniskerry YC players and supporters celebrate back in Enniskerry after the victory in Skerries.

Enniskerry YC players and supporters celebrate back in Enniskerry after the victory in Skerries.

Enniskerry YC ahead of their Polikoff Cup final with St Paul’s Artane in Skerries.

Enniskerry YC ahead of their Polikoff Cup final with St Paul’s Artane in Skerries.

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Enniskerry YC players and supporters celebrate back in Enniskerry after the victory in Skerries.

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ENNISKERRY YC’s season got even better after they sensationally beat St. Paul’s 4-1 in the Polikoff Cup final on Sunday in Skerries.

Having already guaranteed themselves promotion as league runners-up, a status of which they were well aware as recently as January, the cup final was a chance for them to add a piece of silverware to an already stellar campaign.

Their opposition represented the fifth team from the division above that Enniskerry met in the competition this season.

It took a while for the game to kick into gear, with the opening 20 or so minutes amounting to two heavyweight boxers feeling one another out over the opening five rounds.

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However, on 25 minutes, Enniskerry were given a golden chance to take the lead, one which they would not pass up. Karl Mulligan was brought down in the box and Enniskerry were awarded the penalty.

The very same man stepped up to take the spot-kick, which he duly converted to put his side into a 1-0 lead.

Chris Greene put Enniskerry 2-0 up, while Karl Mulligan made it three with his second of the day and a subsequent St. Paul’s own goal made it 4-0 with less than 40 minutes lapsed.

The half-time message from management was simple; don’t concede early in the second period and see the win out. There were nervous moments, with Ciaran Byrne heading a St. Paul’s effort from a corner off his own goal line, and Alan Acres put his body on the line to deny another goalbound effort.

St. Paul’s did manage to get one goal back late on, but it was too little, too late, as Enniskerry lay claim to the Polikoff Cup. It brings to an end a wonderful season for manager Alan King and his dedicated team; one which started last July, intermittently stopped amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and came to a head with the cup final and well-earned promotion in the league.

“It makes us hungry for more,” said King. “We have a good group. We have already gotten through promotion.

“It is a really young side. A few more experienced players but by and large a young side.

“It gives us great confidence going into the next season,” he added.

Enniskerry YC: Dylan Davenport, Paul Barr, Alan Acres, Thomas Mahon, Ciaran Byrne, Gavin Howard, Dylan Bermingham, Oisin Scanlon, Karl Mulligan, Chris Greene, Luke O’Sullivan. Subs: Paul O’Reilly for Bermingham (43), Graham Lewins for Greene (70), Shane Fitzpatrick for Mulligan (73), Jake Mulligan for Acres (90), Michael Donegan for Scanlon (90). Not used: Colm Devitt, Shane Andrews, Alex Cameron.


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