Carrick Town secured promotion to the top division of Sligo-Leitrim League for the first time in 30 years by virtue of fellow promotion hopefuls Glenview Celtic’s 5-3 defeat to Dromore Villa on Wednesday last.
This was Glenview last league game and their defeat meant Carrick finished one point above them in second place with automatic promotion to the Super League for season 2013/14. Carrick had already defeated Glenview 4-0 last Sunday week in their last and vital match which kept them in the promotion race. Scorers on that day were Niall Comerton, Cian O’Reilly (2) and Niall Flanagan. In that game top scorer Stephen Sirle unfortunately injured his collar bone and will now miss the Divisional Cup final v MCR.
Carrick last played in the top division of the Sligo-Leitrim league in the 1983-84 season during Mickey Martin’s time with the club. They were promoted the previous season when they finished second in Division One, 3 points behind Corinthians and ironically 2 points ahead of Glenview. However their stay in that flight was shortlived as they were relegated after a marathon battle in which they lost only one of their last 8 games.
It has been a great season for new team manager, John Moran, a former player with the club in the 1990’s. Carrick played 22 league games this season, winning 14, drawing 4 and losing just 4, with a tremendous goal difference of +48. Well done to all concerned on a great achievement