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Connolly Celtic cap off progressive season with promotion to Second Division

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Connolly Celtic have capped off a memorable season after being crowned champions of the Suttons Lighting Third Division.

Having already got their hands on the League Cup, Connolly Celtic have backed it up by becoming winners of the 2019/20 Suttons Lighting Third Division.

Two goals from Brendan Dillon saw them overcome Ennis Dons 2-0 on Sunday to wrap up the league and seal their spot in the Campion Insurance Second Division next season. Their promotion was confirmed in July when they had a 2-1 victory over Cloughleigh Celtic with Eoin Fitzgerald and Kevin Tubridy hitting the net on that occasion.

It comes in a year where Connolly Celtic took a major scalp in the Clare Cup. Back in January, goals from Aidan Kennedy x2 and an Eoin Fitzgerald penalty saw Ray Kennedy’s side dump last year’s beaten finalist Newmarket Celtic B out of the competition.

Inch Crusaders have also been celebrating their promotion to the Second Division. They recorded a 3-1 win over Manus Celtic B at the weekend with Tommy Barry scoring twice and a Ronan Grace effort topping off a productive weekend for soccer in Kilmaley.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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