Marshall seals an historic first title for Coachford
Premier League -- Kilumney 0 Coachford 1
COACHFORD took the Premier League title for the first time in their club history with this win over Kilumney.
The sides went into the contest joint top of the Premier League and the match was a title showdown. There can be little doubt that Coachford are worthy champions at the end of a keenly contested Premier League campaign. This was their fifteenth win in eighteen games this season.
With over 200 in attendance, the sides settled into a battle for possession that allowed little time for either side on the ball. Neither side dominated and the sides were still scoreless with 25 minutes to play. Coachford winger Chris Marshall then delivered some match-winning magic to create and finish the deciding goal. The sequence began with a long clearance from Coachford keeper Peter O'Riordan which broke to the right winger. Chris Marshall controlled the ball neatly, ran at the Kilumney defence, cut in and scored with a shot under the keeper.
That goal decided the contest. There was some late drama when the Kilumney keeper was sent off for a foul on a Coachford forward who was through on goal, but the subsequent penalty was driven over the bar.
While this win over Kilumney settled the destination of the Premier League title, Coachford paved the way with recent wins over title challengers Park United and fourth placed Pearce Celtic. The league champions lost only two games this season and were held to a draw once. As well as winning the title outright, Coachford were the leading scorers in the top division with a remarkable 69 goals in eighteen games.
Coachford also impressed by keeping their nerve against opposition who have been one of the leading sides all season and who went into the game with great momemtum. Kilumney won the Mossie Linnane league cup last September and they beat Coachford three-one in the first league game between the sides at the beginning of April. Kilumney also won the AOH Cup final last week and were on-course for a remarkable treble going into this final game of the season.
Instead Coachford took all the league plaudits and the Premier League Cup away with them. One of their first stops was O'Callaghan's Bar in Coachford where team sponsors Patrick O'Callaghan and Eileen Martin were ready with congratulations on a league well won.