Rylane Celtic took the League 3B title with their performance of the season in this comprehensive win over Newmarket. The match was a title decider as the teams were tied at the top of the table and this was their last game of the season. Newmarket are now in a play-off to win promotion as runners-up while Rylane are celebrating as champions.
Michael O'Sullivan scored the all-important first goal after 24 minutes when he fired in a shot from the edge of the box. Connie Sullivan doubled the lead five minutes before the break with another ferocious shot. Then, with 44 minutes on the clock, Michael O'Sullivan again scored to make it three-nil to Rylane at halftime. Throughout the first half, Rylane's right winger Ryan Dennehy created all sorts of problems for the opposition with his pace and willingness to take on players.
Rylane began the second half as if the score was nil-all and their players maintained the same effort, commitment and level of performance. With their centre half pairing of John Kelleher and Fergus O'Mullane dominating in defence, Rylane had the platform to extend their lead.
On 62 minutes, midfielder Aidan Corkery rifled home a shot from the edge of the box. The same player completed the scoring five minutes later when he dispossessed a Newmarket defender and got in for his side's fifth goal.
This was a disappointing defeat for Newmarket. They dominated and led League 3B almost throughout the season and they are the league's leading goal scorers. They now have head-to-head contests with the second placed sides in the two other third divisions. The best performing side in a round-robin contest will win promotion to the second division as runners-up.
In contrast, Rylane received the league cup from AUL Chairman Ted O'Mahony after the game. The club then had a wonderful Sunday celebrating their league title. The team took the trophy to the local primary school the following day and the children were awarded homework-off in order to celebrate the win. Clearly, taking the title was a huge achievement for the club and one that the locality is proud of.
When the dust settles after this league title win, Rylane will be free of AUL Football until early August when they begin their preparations for second division competition.