Smithfield nipped in to take the division eight title ahead of Wicklow, reversing the roles of the 2009/10 season, taking the title on the final day of the season.
The two promoted teams from last year found themselves again in the province’s bottom division after a mid-season amalgamation of division eight and nine.
The two sides will once again hope to move up with the Smiths going up as champions following a showdown 1-0 result, scoring early and holding on for the silverware.
Great performances throughout the season, captained by Mark McKay, from the likes of Allan Dardis and goalkeeper Pat McKay were complemented by Timmy Cooney’s superb scoring form, netting over 30 goals.
It was a surprise victory for the side, though, as Rathgar Chiefs appeared to have the league secured before a registration breach was discovered which saw four of their results over-turned.
One of those was a 3-1 result against the Smiths in early April, the reversal of which opened the door and made it a straight battle for the title.
Back-to-back victories on the final weekend of the season for Smithfield sealed it, then, a 2-0 success against Railway and the win over Wicklow.
The North Dublin club used a panel of 15 who rolled with the mid-season amalgamation maintained a blank in their loss column going into the final weeks of the season, something which was initially blotted before being restored.
1 Response to “Smiths turn tables on Wicklow in Div 8”
May 27, 2011 3:41 pm curver says
I played in this league, the combination of 8 & 9 helped – but even then we had a lot of cancellations & refixed games – and as its the bottom league you can usually end up playing against teams struggling to put 11 players out.
Congrats to smithfield, wicklow were unlucky – whilst rathgar it seems just made a mess of it on the admin side.
I would say that the three teams above deserve to move up the leagues
not sure if the branch are going to recreate the div 9 again – i would suggest leaving as is.
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