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Mullen's double Dutch inspires Irish

PUBLISHED: 12:48 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:33 24 August 2010

Trevor McCarthy (right) battles for possession

Trevor McCarthy (right) battles for possession

LONDON Irish crowned their first season with their first trophy, as John Mullen scored twice on Sunday to secure the President s Cup with a 4-2 win over Dutch Lions. In buoyant mood for the match at North Greenford United, Irish controlled the match from

LONDON Irish crowned their first season with their first trophy, as John Mullen scored twice on Sunday to secure the President's Cup with a 4-2 win over Dutch Lions.

In buoyant mood for the match at North Greenford United, Irish controlled the match from the start, and should have been in front long before they hit the Lions with a three-goal salvo midway through the first half.

Great build-up through the middle found Mullen, who twisted and fired home into the bottom corner.

The second goal soon followed, as a corner from Aidan Lynam was nodded on by Mark Kirby for Nicky Otsuka to head home at the far post.

And Irish rounded off the first half in the best possible fashion, with Joe Khan freeing Lynam to round the Lions keeper and put Irish 3-0 up.

With the trophy virtually wrapped up at the halfway point, Irish cruised through the opening period of the second half, breaking sweat only when Lynam again turned provider for Mullen to hit his second and his side's fourth. Dutch Lions' afternoon went from bad to worse when they had a player sent off for hauling down Gavin McLoughlin, and Irish seemed safe.

There was almost a sting in the tale from the Lions though, who managed two consolation goals in the final 10 minutes.

A free-kick and a penalty cut the deficit, but Irish clung on to their increasingly fragile lead to lift the trophy.


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