O'Neill hails back-to-back champions

Delighted Shamrock Rovers' boss Micheal O'Neill hailed his players' professionalism and resolve following their clinching back-to-back league title.

Substitute Dean Kelly scored a dramatic stoppage time winner on a rollercoaster night at the UCD Bowl as the Students were beaten 2-1 and both sides finished with ten men.

"What an eventful night," beamed O'Neill after Rovers secured their record-extending 17th title.

"It shows the spirit and the character of the team that they wanted to win it in this game, to go that extra wee bit further.

"Some of the performances right throughout the team, just that desire to have that after playing so many games this season were phenomenal.

"It means everything because I don't think we got the credit we deserved last year from certain quarters. Hopefully we'll get it this year.

"If you look at the league table, we were top for something like 26 or 27 weeks out of 36. The only time we were down was when we had a game in hand," added O'Niell.

"It's because everyone is so up for it, playing us. UCD had nothing to play for, but it would have been huge for them to trip us up.

"They played with great heart and great conviction but we thoroughly deserved it.

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