LSL Division 1
Brian McCarthy paid tribute to his players after the league was won " The players thoroughly deserve this league title, they've worked hard all season and played some brilliant football, I'm very proud and delighted for everyone in the club, our players, staff, and supporters, it's a fantastic felling to win the league".
David Somers opened the scoring after 12 minutes when John Reilly beat the offside trap and set up Somers who slotted the ball home. Just four minutes later the Saints doubled their advantage when Lee Dixon set up David Somers and he found the corner of the net with a powerful drive.
The Saints were running riot and with 1o minutes remaining of the first half, Karl Somers made it number three, he beat his man and scored with a brilliant finish into the corner of the net from 25 yards. John Reilly added the fourth just before half time with a cool finish. The football was quick, neat, and Verona were carved open at will. The Saints looked like scoring with every attack and the half time whistle couldn't come quick enough for the away side.
David Somers completed his hat trick in the 72nd minute when he found with a terrific ball by Paul McCullagh. Verona pulled two goals back in the space of two minutes, the second was a good strike by Ian Croft.
The Saints were never going to spurn the chance of winning the title at home against our biggest rivals. Three promotions, a league title and Moore Cup winners in 2014 is an unbelievable achievement. Captain Craig Sheridan " I'm proud to be involved in a special club like St. Mochta's, we've stuck together all season and got our rewards, league winners medals are hard earned and hard to come by, we'll enjoy this for awhile and look forward to next season".
The Saints won the league title with four games to play, that really illustrates the performances this season. Our supporters have travelled in numbers all season, enjoying the Saints playing top class football. Thanks to Brian, Bobby, Donal, Stefano and this magnificent squad, history was created on Wednesday night. Manager Brian McCarthy will already be planning for the future. A team of winners he called the squad during the season. It was a beautiful feeling when it was officially confirmed on Wednesday night. Dreams really can come true.
Team : McGarry, Kelly, C. Sheridan, Harrison, Fitzpatrick, Lyons, O' Neill, ( Deegan 74 ) K. Somers ( Lancaster 74 ) Dixon ( Crowe 59 ) Reilly (McCullagh 67 ) D. Somers.
Subs : Crowe, Smith, Deegan, O' Brien, McCullagh, Wilson, Brown.
Report : Derek Nulty.