Skipper says belief was key to title win

WOODVIEW Celtic captain Mickey O’Kane paid tribute to his manager Gavin McKeever after the Dundalk side captured their second MDL Premier Division title thanks to a 1-1 draw in Trim on Sunday.

WOODVIEW Celtic captain Mickey O’Kane paid tribute to his manager Gavin McKeever after the Dundalk side captured their second MDL Premier Division title thanks to a 1-1 draw in Trim on Sunday.

Needing a win to force a title play-off, second placed Trim Celtic just couldn’t break Woodview down and when the final whistle went, the final league table saw McKeever’s men finish three points clear of the Meath side – a scenario that looked very unlikely at one stage of the season.

“We had a bit of a blip against Carrick Rovers earlier in the year and I think Trim were 10 points ahead of us”, said O’Kane.

“I thought they were going to walk away with the title but fair play to Gavin McKeever, he didn’t let us drop the head and he always made us believe it was there for us.

“It feels unbelievable to win it again. We were slow to get going at the start of the season, we didn’t have our full strength team at times and we had a few boys who weren’t there today who helped get us results at the start of the campaign. Since then we’ve had a great run of form since Christmas and that’s carried us to where we are today.”

Woodview may have wrapped up the title on Sunday but it was their penultimate game of the season, an incredible 6-5 win just three days earlier against Carrick Rovers, that swung the pendulum in their favour.

“I still can’t believe that result”, said O’Kane. “From 5-3 down with eight minutes to go to winning the game 6-5 in unreal. We didn’t play that well on the night but we dug deep”.