Glencar Celtic joint-manager Garvan Grieve pays tributes to players after winning Old Orchard Inn Division One

Glencar Celtic joint-manager Garvan Grieve pays tributes to players after winning Old Orchard Inn Division One
Glencar Celtic celebrated winning the Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division One for their first time in their history on Saturday.

Glencar Celtic celebrated winning the Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division One for their first time in their history on Saturday.

A 1-0 win over St Catherine’s at Emerald Park was enough to seal the title with StephenBrowne scoring the only goal of the game after Paddy Collins did well in the build-up.

It means that the Letterkenny side can concentrate on their Downtown Cup semi-final against Castlefin Celtic on Saturday at Diamond Park in Ballyare, while Orchard FC meet Glenea United in the other.

“That’s the focus now,” said midfielder Garvan Grieve, who is also joint-manager of the team with John ‘Junior’ Russell.

“Hopefully we can get the lads back at training now on Tuesday. But we can enjoy winning the title first.”

Glencar still have two league games remaining and have won 13 from their 14 outings this term, with the only blemish being a 2-1 loss against Fintown Harps on November.

Two weeks ago, that reversal was emphatically revenged with Paddy Rafferty scoring six in an 8-1 obliteration of Fintown.

Perhaps a measure of the standard that Glencar Celtic currently find them at is the fact they took Buncrana Hearts of the Inishowen League and formerly of the Ulster senior League to extra-time in the Knockalla Caravans Cup this season and were unfortunate to lose.

“Today, it’s a case of job done,” Grieve continued of the victory in Killybegs. “Thankfully we managed that.

“St Catherine’s threw everything at us and might’ve got something from the game.

“We were under pressure for spells but we’re just delighted to win the league title for the first time this season, which is the 10th anniversary of the club.”

Grieve paid tribute to the players of the club. At a time when there are many struggling to maintain numbers, Glencar Celtic have certainly bucked the trend with the level of involvement making the jont-managers’ jobs that little bit easier.

“There’s been a great interest,” he added.

We had up to 24 at training at the start of the season and although that did dwindle a little after Christmas, we still have 18 or 20 at every session.

“Chris Malseed and Ruairí Kelly were begged to go to the Ulster Senior League at Christmas but they decided to stay loyal to us here and see it out.

“So it’s good that they got our reward.