11 November 2011 One Comment by The Northern Standard

Exultation and ecstasy abounded at Terryland Park on Saturday night as Monaghan United supporters celebrated their side’s triumphant return to Irish senior soccer’s pinnacle (Photo (c) Rory Geary/The Northern Standard).
A brace of goals from Declan Fabio O’Brien (pictured receiving the plaudits of the faithful) and another from Ryan Brennan sealed a 3-1 victory over Galway United in the second leg of their Airtricity League promotion-relegation playoff, sending the Mons back to the Premier Division after an exile of more than a decade on a compelling 5-1 aggregate score.
Newly elected President of Ireland Michael D Higgins looked on as the Mons consigned his beloved Galway to demotion to the First Division – but it was manager Roddy Collins who was the First Citizen in the eyes of the large compliment of Monaghan United followers who accompanied their team to the last outpost of their successful season’s odyssey.
Collins, who succeeded Mick Cooke on the eve of the new campaign and propelled United to the realisation of their promotion dream through a combination of astute player acquisition and boundless and infectious belief in the capacities of his squad, described the success as “a little fairytale” as the media vied for his wisdom in the aftermath of Saturday night’s game.
“It is great for the club,” Collins stated. “It was eleven years out of the Premier Division.
“It was a great atmosphere in Terryland Park – a good crowd of people came down to support us and for such a small little club to get so many people, it was brilliant.”
Collins attributed the Mons’ triumph to the great work ethic among his players and “the great genuine bunch of people running the club. They are very honest people.”
Looking ahead, he vowed to give the current crop of players a chance to prove themselves in the Premiership but said he was already on the lookout for additional resources to strengthen his panel for what would be a demanding next season.
“Getting into the Premier Division is absolutely brilliant. Staying in it will be a massive challenge.”
• See our soccer pages for full coverage of the big game – while an article on page four analyses what Premier Division football will mean for both the Mons and the town.

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  • Jimmy Murray said:

    Hello to everybody in Monaghan, well done to Monaghan United football Club. You have earned a chance to have a crack at the big boys next season, best wishes to Jimmy Mc Glone i am sure he is proud of the teams achievements looking forward to see what they can do next season All the Jimmy,