Andy Noonan wasn’t feeling bitter, upset or angry after his side missed out on making three titles in a row.
Noonan had to watch on as his side went to Crumlin United and won, but still didn’t manage to lift the title.
His charges had to accept second by virtue of goal difference.
It seems a cruel way to miss out, one that would have you cursing every shot that hit the post, or every sitter missed throughout the season.
However, post the game Noonan wasn’t full of regret rather full of pride and hailed his team as winners regardless.
In a statement, that seems fitting considering the nature of a title race that went to wire and involved three teams up and until the death, the manager said:
“First of all congratulations to Brian McCarthy, who I’ve the utmost respect for, and St. Mochtas for winning the league tonight. It’s a great feeling and you should be proud of your achievement.
How do I talk about my own lads. The craziest group of players ever assembled who tonight gave it there all. To go to Crumlin and win is never easy and to do it and accepting the league position I do not feel disappointed. In the words of Vince Lombardi
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
To my men I salute you, to my family I love you and to the game I thank you.”