Lagan Harps last night toasted another league title and a return to the top tier of the Donegal League.
They clinched the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One title with a 2-0 victory at Kerrykeel, their final game of what's been a memorable campaign.
With Donegal Town and Convoy Arsenal only a point behind before yesterday's programme of games, Lagan knew they couldn't afford to slip up in order to clinch the title.
And that's the way it turned out. Both Donegal Town and Convoy Arsenal won their matches, meaning only a point separated the top three sides at the finish.
For Lagan Harps manager, Keith Hegarty, yesterday's victory was something special, especially as this was his first season in charge at Orchard Park.
“We’re very happy,” he said. “Very happy.
“We worked hard all season and the boys were all eager to do well this year. I think losing out in the play-offs last year seemed to spur them on a bit.
“We'd a good mix of youth and experience this year and that helped.”
The two goals in yesterday's win were both scored by Mark Hunter, the league's leading scorer.
“There's a bit of a debate going on at the minute,” Hegarty added. “We think Mark might have also broken the all-time goalscoring record at the club, beating Chris Toner's previous record by two goals.
“Mark has been brilliant this season and he's got 25 goals which is some going.”
Temple Domestic Appliances Div One
The weight of expectancy seemed to burden Keith Hegarty’s men as they fumbled their way through the first half in Kerrykeel. Their best efforts were foiled by Shane Sandilands, the Kerrykeel goalkeeper. Five minutes into the second half they made the breakthrough when Kevin Kelly was fouled in the penalty area and up stepped Mark Hunter to despatch from twelve yards.
Still Lagan found it difficult to settle and it wasn’t until Hunter added his second that Lagan relaxed and played a more fluent brand of football. Kerrykeel are to be commended for their efforts on the day, with Convoy Arsenal and Donegal Town also in the running for the league crown, they put up a good fight.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Convoy Arsenal won 3-2 at Bonagee United.
Bonagee took the lead on fifteen minutes when Chris Darby shot home from the edge of the box. Darren Harvey levelled for the visitors three minutes later with a free kick . The home side went ahead on 23 minutes when Eamon Cannon scored.
Eunan Kelly made it 2-2 on 39 minutes when Darren Harvey crossed from the right and Kelly headed home from six yards. Convoy got the winner on 80 minutes after the ball fell to Gary Brolly after a goal mouth scramble and he shot home from six yards.
Donegal Town were 4-2 winners over Lifford Celtic.
Despite Donegal's bright start it was Lifford who opened the scoring against the run of play. Paul Martin's fine strike left the Donegal keeper no chance.
It wasn't long until Donegal levelled the scoring, Danny Mc Garrigle firing the ball into the net from close range. David Graham put Donegal a goal ahead on the stroke of half time following a Joe McIntyre cross.
Colin Carlin grabbed a goal for Lifford midway through the second half to level the scores for a second time. Donegal were soon back on top, this time through Joe McIntyre. McIntyre's free kick from the edge of the box Declan Browne secured all the points for Donegal late in the game.
Meanwhile Raphoe Town gained three points from their match at Cranford United, winning 3-0.
Brian McCormick Premier Division
The league leaders, Drumoghill F.C. got back to winning ways with a 5-0 victory at Kilmacrennan Celtic.
They now hold a three point advantage and have a game in hand over second placed Milford United who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Kildrum Tigers.
Johnny Logue gave Milford a first half lead. Johnny McIntyre equalised for Kildrum close to the end.
Glenea United are third on their own following a 3-0 win at Castlefin Celtic.
Ciaran McGeady scored a hat-trick to give United an impressive win.
In the other game in the top division, St. Catherine's and Rathmullan Celtic played out a 1-1 draw.