AUL Premier A
Not quite the King is dead, long live the King, but Usher Celtic did bring end to Sheriff YC’s AUL dominance on Thursday night and were crowned champions.
The side who only secured promotion last season put six goals past Sheriff to end the previously all dominant sides run of title wins.
Sheriff had won the previous six Premier A titles, but found worthy foes in Usher and will finish second to Celtic after defeat in Clontarf.
The win moves Usher four points clear of a team they also knocked out of the FAI Junior Cup and considering Sheriff only have one game to play means Celtic, whose only league defeat came in the reverse fixture, can no longer be caught.
It’s a massive achievement for the Dublin side and one achieved playing an easy on the eye attacking football.
As expected the opening exchanges were tight and tense, but Usher did manage to break the deadlock 28 minutes in.
Jordan Buckley produced a big goal to give his side the lead going into the break.
Kieth Rickard leveled within three minutes of the restart and it was game back on. However, Usher responded well, hit top form and opened up what looked a comfortable lead.
Derek Flood restored the lead within minutes and the Premier A’s top scorer Stephen Donnelly pushed the advantage to two a minute late. It was a case of three goals in five minutes when Jay Ivory found the net and before the hour mark had passed Usher had one hand firmly on the cup.
However, Sheriff were not willing to hand over a trophy they have fought so hard to keep for over half a decade and flirted with a brilliant comeback.
Two quick fire goals from Bisto Flood got the hosts back to within one and a comeback looked on the cards.
However, deadly Donnelly eased visiting nerves with a brace late and spark wild celebrations come full time.