SWORDS Celtic secured the win they needed on the final day of the season, securing promotion from Leinster Senior Division 1A in beating Edenderry Town 3-0 away in Offaly on Saturday, May 6. The promotion is their third successive season moving up the LSL ranks, but manager Robbie Farrell sees more to come.
“We feel a little unlucky not to have won the league,” Farrell told GazetteSport. “We needed four points from the last two games to take the title, and didn’t turn up against Dunboyne in the second last game, which put us under a lot of pressure and cost us the title.
“Maybe it’s greedy – we have achieved our main goal – but it’s a little bit of a sour point on a great season.”
Celtic had the advantage of playing last in the promotion chase, and travelled to Offaly knowing that while a win would grab them second and promotion, anything less would mean a fourth place finish and another season in 1A.
“we’re a footballing side, and sitting back doesn’t suit us,” Farrell said, “we only have one way to play. We knew this game was win or bust, it was that simple. We lost to them 3-1 at home around Christmas, so we knew what we were up against.
“Thankfully we had a game against Mt Merrion in midweek that gave us a chance to settle after the Dunboyne game. We dominated the first half, and went in 1-0 up after a David Cox penalty. Their defender saved the ball on the line for the penalty and wasn’t even booked. But it was one-way traffic.
“Edenderry had nothing to play for, but we felt they were trying to kick us off the pitch. At half time I just told the lads not to react, to keep their disciple. Andy Boylan got the second, and gave his man a torrid time all game. Shane Dolan hit the third off more wing play.”
Having watched St Mochta’s continue their charge up the Leinster Senior League season by season, Farrell is looking for further promotions in the Senior 1 Division next time round.
“We’ve had a core of five or six players over the last three seasons and it’s stood to us. If we can add to the squad, but also keep that strong core, we’ll have every chance of going up again.”