AUL Premier B
Dingle United will compete in the AUL top flight for the first time since 1983 after registering the point needed to secure promotion.
The side who only reformed their Senior set up in 2004 and switched to Sunday football in 2008 just missed out on promotion last season having battled relegation the two seasons before and finally got over the line in the final game of the season.
The draw with Castleknock Celtic on Thursday was enough to ensure they will play in the Premier A next year.
Dingle’s nerves were settled 20 minutes in when William Cruise diverted a brilliant Wayne Waldron cross with his head.
Alan O’Neill came close to doubling the advantage soon after but saw his effort saved.
Castleknock, who needed a win to make sure they would go up, equalised just 7 minutes shy of the break and the sides went in level at the turn.
Dingle had the better possession after the break and came close to going back in front when Brian Voaksy volley goal ward from six yards just after the hour, but he too was denied by a save.
Having not made the most of their dominance Dingle were made to endure a tense final few minutes and only the width of the post stopped them from falling behind. As it was they held out and Castleknock rather than United will have to hope St Pauls don’t win their final game to gatecrash the top three.