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Liam Buckley hails St Patrick's Athletic players after league success

Updated: Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 21:58 | Comments

St Pat's players celebrate their title after victory over Sligo Rovers this afternoon
St Pat's players celebrate their title after victory over Sligo Rovers this afternoon

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St Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley lauded his squad following their league title win at Richmond Park this afternoon.

Saints beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 thanks to goals from Greg Bolger and Anto Flood to secure their first league title in 14 years as they moved eight points clear of second placed Dundalk with two games remaining.

It was Buckley’s second time to win the league with the Inchicore outfit having also been in charge of the Saints side that won the title in 1999.

Speaking to RTÉ after the game, Buckley said: "I'm delighted with the effort they have all given. It couldn't have been better for us. It's a fantastic achievement for the lads. They've worked extremely hard all year, I'm delighted.

“Greg’s goal was probably goal of the season from our point of view. The first half we did well to go two up, but it's great how the lads hung on. The second-half was a bit frantic, you're 2-0 up and don't want to lose.”

And midfielder Bolger admitted that his goal was a once-in-a-lifetime strike after smashing the ball home from 30 yards to open the scoring in Inchicore.

After picking up his man of the match award, Bolger told RTÉ Sport: "I'll never strike a ball like that again. I shanked the life out of it. It was my first league goal. I kept the best ‘til last as they say.

“I think we were the best team all year. We scored the most goals, conceded the least. The points are on the board and we’re over the line so we’re absolutely delighted.

“I'm not one to score goals, I'll leave that to the (Killian) Brennans and Conan Byrnes. "

And Bolger believes that the title victory is down to his manager Buckley’s footballing philosophy, allowing his players to go out and express themselves on the pitch.

Bolger added: "Liam has that philosophy (to play football). He gives us a licence to go out and play and express ourselves. I know there was times this season we haven't done that, and we have had to dig out results. Obviously there are hard places to go in the league and you can’t do that. We've dug in, and we've played well when we could.

"It's a great philosophy that he has. The players he has brought in all want to try to play football. And hopefully we’ll come back here next year and we’ll have another league title and medal. "

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