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Champagne Cork toast Irish title

Published: Saturday 19 November 2005, 17.24CET
Cork City FC defeated Derry City FC 2-0 on the final day of the season to claim their first Irish Premier Division championship for 12 years.
by Aidan Fitzmaurice
from Dublin

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Published: Saturday 19 November 2005, 17.24CET

Champagne Cork toast Irish title

Cork City FC defeated Derry City FC 2-0 on the final day of the season to claim their first Irish Premier Division championship for 12 years.

Cork City FC defeated Derry City FC 2-0 on the final day of the season to claim their first Irish Premier Division championship for 12 years. There could be more celebrations to for Cork supporters, as the team can complete the double in the FAI Cup final against Drogheda United FC in two weeks' time.

O'Flynn gamble
Derry topped the table by a point before the game and only needed a draw from the match to take the title. But a goal on 18 minutes from striker John O'Flynn set Cork on their way, as manager Damien Richardson's gamble on playing O'Flynn, who had missed the previous six matches through injury, paid off.

Kearney strike
Ulster club Derry rarely threatened Cork goalkeeper Michael Devine, and went two down just after the hour when winger Liam Kearney fired home after superb build-up play from Roy O'Donovan and man of the match Denis Behan.

'Great night'
Richardson expressed his delight after winning his first title in 40 years as player and manager. "It's a great night, but it's not about me, it's about the players, the fans and the people of Cork City FC," he said.

'Proudest moment'
Captain Dan Murray said: "We deserved this. We played the best football in the league and it proves that you can have success if you play attractive football. It's the proudest moment of my life to lift this trophy for Cork City. We worked so hard to get here and we deserve to be champions, now we can look forward to the UEFA Champions League next season."

Last updated: 21/11/05 14.00CET

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