DEAN KELLY admits it was "Roy of the Rovers stuff" as the former Dublin City Council worker emerged from the shadows to become a Shamrock Rovers legend and secure back-to-back Premier Division titles for the Hoops last night.
Rovers needed a win away to UCD last night to claim their 17th league title, but with the scores level at 1-1 heading into injury time in front of 2,500 fans in Belfield, it seemed as if Rovers would have to take their title bid to the last day.
But the Hoops found a hero in substitute Kelly as the striker, making his first league appearance in 10 weeks, nicked a goal for Rovers four minutes into injury time and the title was theirs.
"Hopefully that makes me a Rovers legend now, scoring the goal that won the league for the team. I suppose it is like something out of Roy of the Rovers," Kelly told the Herald after being mobbed by ecstatic Hoops supporters.
"It was the biggest goal of my career, to win the league for a club like Rovers."