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While Leeds had triumphs in underage AUL competitions, the club had never won an AUL Cup at junior level until Leeds A defeated Wilton Utd in this season's final of the Murphy’s Stout City Challenge Cup.

Donal O’Riordan, who managed the team with Pat Daly, was delighted: “Winning the league was an obvious highlight but, having been disappointed for so long in cup competitions, to get the City Cup final and to get such a good team performance to win it was the icing on the cake.”

Dean Buckley didn't score in the final – he did set up the clincher - but he amassed an impressive 25 in all competitions. The side, captained by defender Colm McCarthy, has its Player of the Year in Chris Kelleher, another defender, who picked up the Man of the Match award in the City final.

We asked O’Riordan about the best team performance and individual performances: “The best team show was the league game away to Buttevant. We won 4-1 to put 5 points between us with a game in hand as well. There were two memorable individual displays. Firstly, there was Jonathan Cooney’s contribution in that away tie with Buttevant away where he scored one and was involved in the other three and then Dean Buckley’s hat trick in 26 minutes against Glenvale in City Cup semi was another stand out for me.”

It wasn't all plain sailing and there was the huge disappointment of that hammering inflicted by Carrigtwohill in the semi final of the St Michael’s Cup. “We did have three players out that morning and our worst performance of the season coincided with a superb Carrigtwohill display and on the morning we were beaten well.”

“Our aim for next season is to keep the core of players we have and along with a few more experienced players coming in we will try and consolidate in the Premier A and if we are in the hunt at Christmas we will push hard for promotion again.”

“I would like to mention Pat Daly my assistant who has given me fantastic support this year along with our hard working committee and finally our main sponsor Bernard Murphy of Murphys Rock Bar in Ballyvolane and all other people, sponsors and families, that have helped us out. Thanks again for all the support throughout the years Billy; you will be missed.”

Leeds double winning panel: Damien Burns, Ian Cotter, Terry Murphy, Colm McCarthy (captain), Chris Kelleher, Keith Kelleher, Dean Buckley, Barry Lawlor, Diarmuid Long, Kevin Magee, Alan Holland, Jonathan Cooney, Peter O'Keeffe, Chris Corcoran, Kevin Healy, Owen Stevens, Daniel O’Leary, Chris Barry, Frank Murphy and Alan Kennefick. Managers: Donal Riordan, Pat Daly.