Ian Ward scored the only goal of the game as Swilly Rovers clinched the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One title thanks to a narrow win over Letterkenny Rovers on Sunday.
Swilly Rovers . . . 1, Letterkenny Rovers . . . .0
On a day when Swilly knew that a win would secure the title and promotion back to the top division, they delivered the victory after a closely-fought battle with their near neighbours.
After a scoreless first half, Ward pounced for what proved the winning goal just a minute into the second half.
Both teams had chances in an entertaining second half, but in the end it was Swilly who were celebrating on a famous day at Swilly Park.
It means they will make a return to the Premier Division of the Donegal League next season as champions for the first time since they joined the newly formed Ulster Senior League back in the 1985/86 season.
It’s been quite the campaign for the team managed by Paul Callan and Lawrence Toland. Sunday’s win was their 15th in their 16 league games to date with Gweedore Celtic holding them to a draw in Ramelton back in December.
With two games to go, Swilly will now aim to finish their league campaign unbeaten.
Terry Leyden of the Donegal League was on hand to present Swilly captain Connor Gormley with the league trophy to spark off big celebrations among the Swilly squad members and their supporters.
Earlier, Connor had presented Letterkenny Rovers captain Ronan Curran with a special pennant in memory of Letterkenny Rovers clubman Kieran McGrath whose funeral took place this day last week.
Photos: Joe Boland, North West Newspix