TEN was the magic number as players, managers and officials from the Kilkenny Floodlit Football League celebrated the end of another successful season.
Held in Langton’s, the winners of all competitions in the League were presented with their awards by former Sunderland and Kilkenny City player Michael Reddy at the end of season bash.
While all teams were presented with their prizes by Reddy and League organisers Eamonn Cleere and Gerry O’Keeffe, once again the biggest winner on the night was The O’Neill Centre. The competition’s main benefactor, the League presented a cheque for E15,000 to the organisation, which acts a support group for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy. Since its foundation, the KFFL has now raised over E140,000 for The O’Neill Centre.
The season drew to a close with the finals of the Floodlit Cup, Shield and the Division Two/Three Cup. The Kilkenny Truck Centre rounded off their season with some silverware, beating Rafter Dempsey’s 1-0 in the Floodlit Cup final. It was their second year in succession to win the Cup, having beaten the Fox & Goose last season.
The Floodlit Shield spoils went to Division Three champions and newcomers Grogan’s Bar, who beat Crosspatrick side Cross Celtic 3-1 in the decider.
Kells FC won the Division Two/Three Cup, retaining the title they won last year with a 2-0 win over Continentals.
The first Cup final of the campaign saw Morrissey Motors beat Crutt United 3-0 to claim the Division One Cup. That proved to be the second leg of a double, as the side had already secured the Division One league title and the James Tynan Memorial Cup, scoring a 1-0 win over the Fox & Goose on the final day of the season.
The first League winners of the season were Grogan’s Bar. The Callan side marked their first season in the KFFL in style, proving to be runaway winners in the race for the Division Three title, wrapping up the spoils with several games to spare. Hugginstown United took the runners-up spot and won promotion, but trailed their South Kilkenny rivals by 15 points at the end - the biggest winning margin in any of the three divisions.
Manning Travel continued their impressive run by lifting the Division Two title. The team have now moved from Division Three to Division One in just two seasons. Division Two/Three Cup winners Kells FC will join them in the top flight next season, the 11th year of the KFFL.
See next week’s Kilkenny People for more pictures from the KFFL awards night
Kilkenny Floodlit League - who won what
Division One - Winners: Morrissey Motors. Runners-up: The Fox & Goose.
Relegated: Glendine Inn, Burnside Engineering.
Division Two - Winners: Manning Travel. Runners-up: Kells FC.
Promoted: Celtic Dons. Relegated: Cave United, Premier FC.
Division Three - Winners: Grogan’s Bar. Runners-up: Hugginstown United.
Floodlit Cup - Winners: Kilkenny Truck Centre. Runners-up: Rafter Dempsey’s.
Floodlit Shield - Winners: Grogan’s Bar. Runners-up: Cross Celtic.
Division One Cup - Winners: Morrissey Motors. Runners-up: Crutt United.
Division Two/Three Cup - Winners: Kells FC. Runners-up: Continentals.