Woodview Celtic manager Raymond Trimble paid tribute to the character of his players after they clinched the Integral Fitness MDL Premier Division at the MDL Grounds on Sunday morning.
Johnny Lynch’s 86th minute strike gave Woodview the point they needed to claim their third title in four seasons. It was the midfielder’s first goal of the campaign and probably the most crucial one he will ever score.
Speaking on Monday, Trimble admitted that he feared it wouldn’t arrive.
“With four minutes to go you’re looking at a scenario where the whole season and what happens is about to go out of your own hands. After the season we’ve had, that would have been hard to take.
“We had a few half chances around the penalty area but nothing seemed to be working. I was looking up to the sky just before Johnny scored and I was thinking ‘is it going to be one of those days?’ but thankfully we kept plugging away and got there.”
Despite being crowned champions, Woodview’s season is far from over. They play Muirhevnamor on Thursday night for a place in the semi-finals of the Tully Bookmakers Cup and have already banked a place in the last four of the Kilmessan Shield as they bid to emulate their treble winning season of 2012.