Derek Hayes goal wins title for Dualla

Derek Hayes (Dualla) wins the header from D.J. Lynch (Tipp Town B). It was Hayes 53rd minute penalty that clinched the league for Dualla on Sunday.
Dualla 1 – 0 Tipperary Town

Dualla 1 – 0 Tipperary Town

Dualla became the first league champions of the season when they claimed the Fourth Division title in front of a large home crowd on Sunday last.

This game was due to be played in Tipperary, but problems with their surface meant the game was switched and the home side took full advantage.

It was a tight affair in the first half, with Dualla having the better of the chances, and they looked like they had opened the scoring mid-way through when they had the ball in the back of their opponents net. However the goal was ruled out for an earlier infringement and the teams went to the break level. The second half was played in a similar tight vein but Dualla finally opened the scoring in the 53rd minute when they were awarded a penalty kick. This was taken by long serving player Derek Hayes, and it being the winning goal was due reward for Hayes efforts all season at the centre of the home sides defence. Credit must also be given to the visitors who despite having nothing more to play for than pride, showed off that pride and gave Dualla a hard test throughout. It wasn’t enough though to deny the home team and they lifted the Fourth Division trophy for the first time in their history, sparking off wild celebrations amongst the team and supporters alike.