KILMACRENNAN Celtic have been finally confirmed as the 2019/20 Donegal League Premier Division champions.
A boardroom wrangle has had a cloud over the destination of the title over the last month, but yesterday the Donegal League announced that the matter had drawn to a close.
A statement from the Donegal League said: “On September 10th we reported that Kikmacrennan Celtic were this season’s Premier Division Champions following a UFA Disciplinary decision.
“A subsequent appeal to the FAI meant that we had to put the presentation of the Cup on hold.
“The whole appeal process has now been exhausted and on the basis of notification received from the FAI we can now confirm that Kilmacrennan Celtic are indeed this season’s champions.
“The Cup will be presented in due course.”
Initially, Kilmacrennan Celtic were docked points from the 3-2 win over Cranford FC on August 9 by the Donegal League’s disciplinary committee – a decision that would’ve had Cappry Rovers crowned as champions.
A protest was lodged alleging that Kilmacrennan played a player who should have been serving a suspension, following a red card in a game the previous Sunday in a 1-1 draw with Kildrum Tigers.
A 3-0 win was awarded to Cranford by the League’s disciplinary body, but Kilmacrennan – who have been steadfast in their belief that they had acted correctly all through the unfortunate saga – lodged an appeal to the provincial body.
After the Ulster FA upheld the Kilmacrennan Celtic appeal, a subsequent attempt was made to challenge that ruling to the Football Association of Ireland, but the process has now ended and the Lurgy men are the champions.Tags: