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Mountjoy back in the big time after more than 20 years

Mountjoy United will be playing Division One football next season for the first time in over 20 years

FERMANAGH and Western Division One football will be played at Mountjoy United’s Lisnagirr Road for the first time ever next season.

On Saturday David Gilfillan’s team secured a long-awaited return to the top flight with a 4-2 victory over Mountfield at Omagh Leisure Centre.

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It is over 20 years since United played Division One football. In fact, the last time Mountjoy competed in the top flight they played their home fixtures at Davy McFarland’s Field while Raymond ‘Spider’ McLaughlin and the late Paul Coleman led their attack.

The return to the Fermanagh and Western’s top table also marks a real upturn in fortunes for the Lisnagirr Road club, who due to a number of contributing factors stepped down from intermediate football back in 2014.

Since then its been a case of onwards and upwards. Two promotions in three seasons suggests the future is bright for the Mid Tyrone outfit and no one is more delighted about that than club chairman Sid Gilfillan.

“After quitting intermediate football the aim was to climb the leagues and establish ourselves back in Division One,” said the long-serving chairman.

“That was the plan and we have got there.

“It also vindicates our decision to return to junior football. In the Intermediate League we were struggling to get a team out but at the last count we now have 93 senior players on the books, backed up by a flourishing youth system.

“All three senior teams are currently fighting for promotion.”

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Having secured a return to the top flight, Gilfillan said the priority was to now go on and capture the Division Two title.

“The main focus was to gain promotion. Now we want to go on and win the league,” he added.

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