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Super Willow in title ascension!

TWO doubles, a treble and three more doubles in successive seasons - that's the Willow Park roll of honour after they clinched another CCFL Senior Division title last Wednesday night.

The Athlone side's 1-1 draw away to Mountmellick was enough to win them the league by just one point from Mullingar Athletic.

Top scorer Sean Brennan netted the goal - his 24th of the season - which earned Willow a sixth successive Senior Division crown.

They defeated Arlington in the Cotter Cup final on the May Bank Holiday in the first half of this season's double.

Last season's double included the Counties Cup and the year before that they won the league and Cotter Cup. The domestic treble eluded them in 2011 because Mullingar Athletic beat them in the Counties Cup final.

Season 2009/2010 was their best for silverware, as they followed up the Senior Division/Cotter Cup double by beating St Paul's in the Leinster Junior Cup final.

The previous season they won the league and Counties Cup and the whole glittering trail began back in 2007/2008 when they won the league and Cotter Cup.

To sum it all up, that's six Senior Division titles, one Leinster Junior Cup, four Cotter Cups and two Counties Cups in only six seasons.

Willow were also league runners-up in 2007, the season Clara Town won the Senior Division/Counties Cup double.

MULLINGAR HOPING FOR CUP REDEMPTION

AFTER being pipped for the Senior Division title by just one point, Mullingar Athletic will be hoping to end their season on a high in the Counties Cup final against CK United.

CK boss Paul O'Meara says his side are "big underdogs" on Saturday evening, even though they won the Premier Division title this season with relative ease.

When CK were in the Senior Division themselves, they could not match Mullingar and there is plenty of evidence that Athletic have improved since then.

That said, Enda Morris and Adrian O'Reilly were both sent off in the last league match against Willow Park and are suspended.

And the scheduling of the match for this weekend, a week later than CK originally thought, means that star player Paul Kinnarney will have returned from his honeymoon.

CK will be hoping that their surprise semi-final victory over Willow Park was not their peak performance of the season.

They are seeking a first Counties Cup since 2004, having lost the 2007 final to Clara and the 2008 decider to Melville.

It is just two years since Mullingar Athletic won the Counties Cup. In 2011 they met a Willow Park side strongly fancied to complete the big CCFL treble but in a sensational final, Mullingar were 3-0 up by half-time and held off a late comeback to win 3-2.

GEAROID KEEGAN


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