Killarney Celtic FC, having won every one of their 14 games in the Premier League and finishing out of sight ahead of the runners-up, will feel that justice has been done after they comfortably retained the title in a league final decider against town rivals Killarney Athletic AFC in Tralee this Sunday.
The almost unbelievable rule in Kerry soccer dictates that that no matter how far ahead any club is in table at the end of the season, they must play a winner-takes-all final against the runners-up.
Celtic had the maximum 42 points with an impressive goal difference and they displayed their superiority once again at Mounthawk Park this afternoon with an emphatic 3-0 victory.
It sees Brian Spillane’s making it four-in-a-row titles and there was little gritty 2017 champs Athletic could do to stop them from achieving that goal.
Athletic didn’t make it too easy for their fierce rivals but they were caught out just before the half hour mark when Podge O’Connor and Wayne Sparling combined to set up Stephen McCarthy for the opener and they held that one-goal advantage until half-time.
Celtic dominated from that point on, creating several chances, before a converted spot kick from McCarthy made it 2-0.
Celtic put a gloss on the victory when impressive young substitute Luke O’Neill notched a goal in the dying stages of the game and it sparked off great celebrations on the pitch and, no doubt, in Killarney later tonight.
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