After Drogheda United finally got over the line to secure a place in the Premier Division, manager Tim Clancy is now relishing the prospect of seeing his relatively young squad do battle in the top flight.

Goals from James Brown and Luke Heeney inside five second-half minutes ensured the Drogs' return to the Premier Division as they beat Cabinteely 2-0.

The celebrations were in marked contrast to the play-off heartache the Co Louth club suffered in the last two seasons.

A point not lost on Clancy when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.

He said: "It was three years of hard work. We fell short the first year against Finn Harps in the play-offs and then losing to Harps in the play-off final last year after extra-time was even tougher.

"We held on to the promising young players we have and I'm delighted for them - some of them deserve to be in the Premier Division. Now they have that opportunity and I'm sure they'll embrace it." 

Drogheda got the trophy on an evening of nervous tension in the First Division

And while the Drogheda faithful were not present to witness their promotion, the manager was in no doubt they celebrated in their own way.

"It's unfortunate we can't celebrate with the fans. Last year you saw Shels celebrate at our place with 2,000 fans, leading to a great atmosphere at United Park. 

"You do feel you've lost out a bit but our fans will just be as happy at home looking at it on the streams."

With their return to the top flight now secured, Clancy already has one eye on the plan for 2021.

"We'll enjoy the next few days and then I'll sit down with the chairman to start planning for next season."