Hoops bridge 10 year gap to land title

After a decade of waiting, the Roscommon & District League Premier Division title is back in Castlerea Celtic’s hands. The Bhoys finished a season long effort with a convincing 3-1 win over MD Town in Dunmore last Sunday.

  Castlerea town had turned green and white in the run up to this title decider and the players took that spirit with them as they dispatched MD Town and celebrated in style.

  Co-manager, Kevin McNamara, reckons it’s a great time to be involved with Castlerea soccer. “It’s very exciting at the moment, the lads are really enjoying it and it shows, they’re playing some good football. It’s great to see the cup coming back.”

  McNamara has only been drafted into the fold this year after moving from Cork to his wife’s native county two years ago. “It’s my first year at the club so I’ve enjoyed it, I had coached in Cork in the Munster Senior League and a bit at national level. I just love the coaching.”

  What does he make of Roscommon soccer so far? “Well I think it’s noticeable that we’ve done well and Ballymoe just down the road have done well in the cups. Boyle Celtic also won the Leitrim league so it shows the strength of soccer in North Roscommon and Roscommon itself.”

  Castlerea Celtic will face neighbours Ballymoe in the RDFL Cup final next weekend (Saturday, June 4th) in what will be a keenly contested final.

  Elsewhere, Lough Harps completed a Division 2 double by beating Skyvalley Rovers B in the Division 2 Cup final to complete a wonderful year for the Ballinlough side.

  Brazilian side Brazukas won their first ever trophy after beating Shiven Rovers 5-3 in the Division 1 Cup final.

  Finally, this Sunday will see the Premier Division Cup final played at RDFL HQ in Lecarrow. Ballymoe FC begin what could be a huge week when they take on a Moore United side who’ve been impressive all season.