Swords Celtic’s senior section are getting set for another campaign in the Leinster Senior League and are hoping to repeat their season of success in 2013-14 which saw three of their four senior sides claim honours on the field.
Celtic’s first team secured the LSL Senior 1B Sunday title after catching their rivals at the end of the season and gaining full points from their games in hand to overtake their competitors, the second team were promoted to the LSL Major 1B Saturday division, while the third team went on a run of 14 games unbeaten to claim the Division 3 crown on the last day of the season when they defeated Leicester Celtic.
The Under-19s also claimed silverware when they won the LSL Under-19 Saturday Division in the first year that the league was held, winning the title ahead of nearest rivals Crumlin United by five points.
This unprecedented run of success led the LSL to give Swords Celtic a special honour at their annual awards ceremony at The Red Cow last month in recognition of their achievements.
Swords Celtic’s senior committee member Keith Heller spoke to GazetteSport last week about the club’s success over the course of the last season, and the club’s hopes and aspirations for 2014-15.
“The reason that we have succeeded at these levels this year was hard training and people giving their all for the club. We have a strong youth system in place at Swords Celtic, we have ex-League of Ireland players giving training sessions, and all of the managers at the club have given a huge amount as well.
“There is a lot to be said for the number of the lads playing for their local club and the stability of having played all their lives at Swords Celtic, and came up at the team, but having the main basis of every team in place year on year is a big factor.”
Heller was clear about the forward-thinking approach that the club have adopted to reach this point, highlighting the fruits that their youth system means for the senior teams as their players graduate through the club.
“We will hope to gain promotion with the first and second team again, and the third team this year. The new Under-19 team we are also hoping will do as well this year. There are nine or 10 players graduating to the first team squad, so there is a new crop of players coming through to join the Under-19s.
“A new manager, Gerry Goffin, came in halfway through the season and guided the first team to their league win, and he will be looking for promotion again next year.
“We have been in transition for a long time, and during the last year, now things are starting to click together.”