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We are going up!

It has been a brilliant end to our Leinster Senior League season, and after our Senior Sunday side securing their safety last weekend, last night our Saturday Major 1 side secured promotion back to the top Saturday division after a 1-1 draw against fellow promotion chasing Killester United. We would like to congratulate to Diarmuid McNally and Tony Sheridan on another job well done!LSL

After the disappointment of last season's relegation, Diarmuid McNally's side looked to bounce start back up at the first attempt and got off to a blistering start to the season winning their opening five games, scoring nineteen goals and conceding only two. Whilst also picking up thirty two points from their opening thirteen games.

With Bangor Celtic only needing one point from their final two games to secure the title it is hard to look past them from claiming the top crown, however it has been a job well done by UCD. Facing Killester United twice, TEK United twice and Bangor Celtic in the final six games proved to be a step too far for chasing the title for McNally's side, however with promotion the aim at the start of the season, and with our Senior Sunday status secured it has certainly put a smile on the face of UCD's LSL extraordinaire.

Our success has been built on a solid defensive structure led by Liam O'Farrell and a defence largely consisting of a combination of Caolan Cullen, Robbie Keogh, Abdel Babiker, Patrick Brett, Kieran Bowers and Neal Hickey. With the best defensive record it the league, which included a run of five clean sheets in a row and ten out of twenty games it has certainly been a brilliant rear-guard display.

However determined not to be outshone, we have also looked a constant threat going forward which Brian O'Brolchain, Mark Boland, Derek Swan, Marcos Byrne, Stephen Duffy, and of course UCD LSL legend Niall Daly all popping up with a number of crucial goals each, helping us to finish the season with the best goal difference.

Overall it has been another impressive season, which saw us narrowly miss out in the cup against a strong Firhouse Clover side, and with our main two sides now back at the pinnacle of LSL football it looks set up for another great season next year, particularly with a large number of this seasons fresher's team looking to push on and force their way into the Saturday and Sunday set ups next season.