By NIALL FEERY
THE Major 1C Saturday campaign came to a remarkable conclusion as Finglas United clinched the title on the last day of the season.
Locked on the same number of points as Ringsend Rovers at the start of play, United were eight goals adrift on goal difference. That advantage, though, was torn asunder as Finglas notched a dozen times against a luckless Ballyfermot United to storm to the title.
In the end, though, all the goals didn’t matter. Leaders Ringsend failed to defeat Ballybrack at home and not only lost out on the title, but fell back behind the Brack into third place after a three goals to two defeat.
It was redemption for the Brack, who unintentionally hit world headlines during the season. The club put their troubles behind them and managed to shake off a six point deduction to gain promotion in the runner’s up spot, two points behind the champions.
It wasn’t looking too healthy for Brack, despite the decent start to this game. Rovers were coming out second best, but still wrestled a two goal advantage by the 25thminute.
Sean McCabe opened the scoring on twenty minutes with a wonderful dipping half volley before Marc Murphy made it two five minutes later with a simple tap in. Finglas, though, had carved their way through the goal difference by this stage as the northsiders led by four goals to nil.
Brack skipper Donal Metccalfe gave the visitors a little bit of hope just before half time, tapping home from close range.
A penalty from Shane Heffernan brought the Brack level just after the break. The visitors went in front as Heffernan netted another as the Brack stepped above Rovers in the table. The word was seeping through from Ballyfermot that Finglas had continued to hammer home the goals and this tie became a battle for second spot.
It was all immaterial as Finglas did what was needed to lift the title in their debut season in the LSL.