St. Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley cemented his second spell in charge with another league title.
Buckley was the last supremo to have taken the Inchicore side to glory fourteen years ago, giving the supporters every reason to ‘Party Like it’s 1999’.
A draw would have sufficed for the home team against the holders Sligo Rovers, but a fantastic long range shot from Greg Bolger and a simple tap-in for Anto Flood followed the manager’s play-to-win orders perfectly.
While both teams failed to score in the second half, it mattered little to the delirious Super Saints who were left reeling this time last season at the hands of the Bit o’Red.
President Michael D. Higgins and former St. Pat’s and Ireland manager Brian Kerr, were special guests at the game and were given fond receptions by fans on the pitch once the final whistle blew.
St. Pat’s will officially lift the league trophy this Friday against Derry City, but thoughts will soon turn to next season, which will include Champions League qualifying fixtures.
Title defences are never easy, but St. Pat’s know they have the ideal person in command.