TEAM EFFORT The Castlebar Celtic squad, coaches and some young fans celebrate winning the Mayo Super League for the first time in eight years. Pic: Conor McKeown
1 LOFTUS ON FIRE
LAST Sunday Jordan Loftus netted an incredible fifth hat-trick in six games.
The striker scored 28 goals in the Super League this season and he was absolutely pivotal in Castlebar Celtic winning the title.
His manager Michael McNicholas described him afterwards as ‘top quality’ and this season he proved his worth ten fold. It’s impossible to say whether or not Celtic would have won the title without him, especially considering their star-studded team, but it’s safe to say he has been their brightest light.
Mayo League Player of the Year? I think so.
2 THE FLYING MACKEY
CELTIC stalwart Ger ‘Mackey’ O’Boyle flew home from his travels to line out for his beloved side last Sunday and it was fitting to see him wear the captain’s armband on such a famous day for the club.
O’Boyle will go down in Castlebar Celtic folklore as one of their greats and he showed last Sunday that he’s still at the peak of his powers.
The defender departs Ireland for pastures new in the coming weeks and no doubt everyone in Castlebar Celtic and the Mayo League will be sad to see him go.
Whether or not he’ll return and play for Celtic again remains to be seen, so it was great to see him go out on such a high.
3 END OF THE DROUGHT
2011 was the last time Castlebar Celtic won the Super League title, with it bouncing back and forth between Westport to Ballina in the meantime.
For a club with a history as rich as Castlebar Celtic’s, those nine years must have felt like an eternity for their loyal supporters.
Celtic Park was packed to the rafters last Sunday and the celebrations undoubtedly carried on long into the early hours of the morning.
With this current crop of players, they have the potential to achieve even greater things.
The future certainly looks bright right now for Celtic.