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Newmarket Celtic retain Premier crown as Bridge Utd bow out of FAI Youths Cup

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Newmarket Celtic have retained their title as Clare District Soccer League (CDSL) Premier Division champions.

Although they were made wait to enter Roslevan on Wednesday last, Newmarket Celtic recorded a 3-2 win over rivals Avenue Utd to collect their nineteenth Premier Division title. Goals from Kevin Harnett, David McCarthy and Ciaran McCoy saw the Mark O’Malley managed outfit get their grips on the league trophy.

It is second time Newmarket Celtic have won three Premier Division titles in succession following in the footsteps of the side that achieved the feat in 1984, 1985 and 1986.

They followed up the Avenue Utd win by putting five goals past Sporting Ennistymon on Sunday morning thanks courtesy of a Kevin Harnett hat-trick plus efforts from David McCarthy and Stephen Kelly.

For their final league outing of the season, Celtic overcame Shannon Town in McDonough Memorial Park on Wednesday 7-1.

Bridge Utd’s youths side saw their eventful FAI Cup campaign conclude on Saturday. Clinical Cork outfit, Douglas Hall AFC put three goals past the Sixmilebridge side in a 3-0 defeat. It was the first time the club had competed in the semi-finals of the FAI Youths Cup and represented a hugely positive season for Mark Culbert’s side who also reached the last four in Munster.

The Kyle Walker captained side will be determined to ensure they have silverware to show for their endeavours. They currently sit in second place of the CSGL Electrical Youths League A Division two points behind Shannon Town but crucially have a game in hand.

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, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. 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 - paraic@clareecho.ie

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