Division 1 Champions Carrick Rovers Season Review

Carrick Rovers bounced straight back up to the Premier division having suffered the disappointment of relegation the previous season, in what was on paper one of the toughest divisions with teams like Omp, Bay Fc, Enfield and Kentstown rovers nobody would have predicted Carrick to have the season they had, only losing one game and winning the division by 5 clear points to their nearest challengers Omp Utd.

In truth going down to the last 3-4 games of the season the top 3 teams were all in the running for the title with Bay holding a slight advantage being top with a home game against Carrick still to play, Carrick had a slight wobble drawing away to Hazel Lane to allow Bay gain a couple of points advantage on them, Omp dropped crucial points too meaning they would have to rely on the other 2 slipping up to claim the title but it was still all to play for. The season would all go down to Carricks final game away to fellow title chasing Bay, in which Carrick knew a win would crown them champions, they tore into Bay and took an early lead when  Paddy Larney reacted quickest in the box to make it 1-0, Carrick were bossing the game and had a goal dissallowed before they had to rely on keeper  Martin McDermott to make a great save and make sure they kept their 1 goal advantage at half time.

Whatever Bay manager Damien Bellew said at halftime to his players seemed to work as Bay began to pile on the pressure on Carrick but their back 4 held strong and they grabbed a 2nd goal when David Wilson headed home following a free kick floated into the box, Bay did manage to grab a goal back and lay siege to the Carrick goal looking for the equaliser but Carrick who had the meanest defence all season only conceding 21 goals held firm and saw out the game 2-1 winners. The victory meant Carrick returned to the Premier division as champions.

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