In yet another twist in the fast spinning AUL Premier A merry go round saga it seems Raheny United were the Leagues third rather than second choice to fill void left by the departure of Eastwall Bessborough.
After Eastwall Bessborough revealed they would not be fielding a first team next season and announced they had withdrawn from the AUL top flight the Committee began looking for a suitable replacement.
Obviously keen not to run a nine team top flight for the second season running it was revealed the AUL put three teams through a Premier A interview process.
Rivervalley Rangers were initially successful and secured promotion ahead of Raheny United and Real Transylvania without kicking a ball, but after they pulled out of the Tommy Clements Cup pre season tournament the AUL felt it was better the relegated side remained in Premier B next season.
As a result the Swords side were placed back in Premier B and the AUL moved to replace them over the weekend and Raheny United were promoted to the top flight.
However, the JSP has learnt that Kippure Park were the first team approach about filling that top flight void.
The club were contacted a number of weeks ago regarding jumping up to the top flight, but despite watching Donnycarney and Kilmore Celtic, teams they battled with for the Premier C title take up Premier A roles they turned down the advances.
It’s unsure as to why Park felt it better to remain in Premier B, but they did have some issues with the powers that be in the AUL last season.