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Gilfillan looking to bright future after Mountjoy crowned champions

D3 champions, Mountjoy United

D3 champions, Mountjoy United

MOUNTJOY United boss David Gilfillan believes his club can look forward to a bright future after being crowned Fermanagh and Western League Division Three champions on Saturday.

United needed a point to clinch the title and they duly delivered following a scoreless draw at Orchard Farm.

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After a jubilant Mountjoy were presented with the Brendan Keogh Memorial Cup by league chairman Neil Jardine, Gilfillan declared his club was well equipped for any future challenges.

Ahead of the current season the Lisnagirr Road club decided to quit intermediate football to return to the junior ranks.

That decision raised a few eyebrows and immediately installed United as favourites to win the Division Three title.

That brought with it certain pressures however a youthful Mountjoy ultimately delivered following a right royal tussle with Omagh Hospitals and new boys Mountfield.

Gilfillan is now looking to the future with real optimism as his team return to Division Two following an absence of nearly 10 years.

“We did what we had to do this season,” said the manager.

“In the past few weeks we have come back from losing positions and turned it into three points.

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“The players knew what they had to do and did it. In previous seasons we definitely hadn’t the same character.

“It’s a young side and everything they do they learn from. This is only the second side in the club’s history to win a title, the last one was 1991 when they won Division Two. Today our front two included a 17- year-old and an 18-year-old with a 19-year-old in behind. We also had an 18-year-old in midfield and another 19-year-old in defence, you’re talking an under -21 side really.

“They are only really learning senior football now and have become very competitive.”

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