RATHMULLAN CELTIC joint manager Mark Curran was obviously jubilant to see his team win the Milford Inn Division One title and is looking forward to life in the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division.
Curran’s side defeated St Catherine’s by two goals to one on Sunday at Flagpole Park to clinch a second league title in as many seasons and Curran was full of compliments for the side managed by Brian Dorrian.
“Killybegs put it up to us in the second half big time but I think we showed a lot of heart to go and get the winner,” Curran said. “We didn’t really need to win today because of the couple of games we still have left but the boys wanted to win it on our home ground.
“Killybegs pushed us the whole year. They’re a brilliant footballing side and never gave up today. The two sides both really went for it and I’m sure they’ll bounce back and give the Premier League one hell of a go, like ourselves. As you can see now, it means a lot to them to get two in a row and if we can stay together next year in the Premier League who knows what we’ll achieve.
“I was joking at the start of the year that we wanted Ulster Senior League football but we need a bit of cop on. We’ll enjoy this and come back in July to knuckle down again. If we get a good start you never know, but we’re not going up just to come straight back down.”
Curran also paid tribute to the match winner on Sunday, Eoin Sheridan. The midfielder lost his grandfather John, who was a great clubman of Rathmullan, during the season.
“Eoin is in there every week, never misses a training,” Curran continued. “He’s one of the most dedicated players we have and for him to pop up and get the winner it’s absolutely brilliant for him and everyone associated with him because his granddad John Sheridan, who was a big member of Rathmullan down through the years, passed away this year.
“We spoke about that during the week and it was nice that it worked out the way it did. It’s a local side and as you can see here today the whole community has come out to support them.”