Waterford and District – O’ Neills Premier League
Carrick United v Southend
Next Sunday Carrick Utd will seek the necessary points to be crowned Premier League Champions for the tenth time since 1999. The squad has two home leagues games remaining, first against Southend and then Ferrybank and require three points to be certain of the crown.
St Saviours are the boy’s only remaining rivals for the title they need full points from their two remaining games to take advantage of any Carrick slip up.
To date Carrick have played 16 of 18 league games winning 10, drawing 5 and losing just once. This record is a credit to a squad that is currently in transition, but they made no secret of their desire to regain the title this season.
Alan Ryan began the season as manager setting the seeds with some good results – work commitments meant Alan had to stand down with Junior International Adrian Walsh taking charge. Adrian brought all his experience gained on the international front to the fore as soon as he took charge. Extended runs in the FAI Junior Cup and the Munster Junior Cup came to disappointing ends in early February but the desire to regain the league title remained the focus of attention.
With five teams within a few points of each other a nailing baiting end to the season seemed in prospect. Carrick recorded excellent away wins over fellow rivals Hibernians and St Saviours whilst all other hopefuls lost vital ground.
In the space of a few short weeks long time leaders Southend also fell away leaving Carrick in their current position.
Kick-off next Sunday v Southend is at 11 o clock.
There will have an admission fee of €5 and all proceeds will go towards the speedy recovery of Carrick clubman Eugene McGuigan.