Cork City signed off their SSE Airtricity First Division title-winning season in style as they defeated Bray Wanderers 2-0 in front of a jubilant crowd of 5,507 at Turner's Cross.
Second-half goals from Barry Coffey and Ruairí Keating were enough to secure the victory for City before the title and promotion party could truly begin when captain Cian Coleman lifted the silverware aloft.
Both sides rang the changes from their respective games last Friday night as City made six from their 3-2 defeat away to Athlone Town while Bray made five from their 5-1 loss at home to Cobh Ramblers.
With City already securing the league crown and with Wanderers only needing a draw, or a favourable result elsewhere, to secure seventh, it was no surprise that the first half here was lacking in intensity.
But it wasn’t without its chances as Jonas Hakkinen almost gave the champions the lead in the second minute but his header from Kevin O’Connor’s corner was hacked off the line.
Goalkeeper Mark McNulty was making his 482nd and final appearance for the Rebel Army - his 375th in the league - and before he was substituted in the 25th minute, he was forced to save Ben Feeney’s low drive.
His last act in a City shirt ought to have been picking the ball out of his net but after Jack Hudson latched onto a poor back pass and rounded the veteran shot-stopper, he could only blast his effort into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.
City were unfortunate not to break the deadlock just shy of the half an hour mark but after goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness fumbled O’Connor’s cross, Darragh Crowley fired the loose ball against the near post.
The duo combined again shortly before the half-time break but on this occasion, it was Crowley’s sensational crossfield pass that picked out O’Connor but the wing-back’s first touch let him down at the vital moment when he looked certain to race clear on goal
If the first half was only lacking in intensity, the second period was almost completely devoid of it.
But it did spark into life in the 65th minute when City finally gave their huge home crowd something else to celebrate as they took the lead thanks to Barry Coffey.
Matt Healy’s superb pass in behind the right back picked out the run of substitute Dylan McGlade and his first-time cross was perfectly weighted, allowing Coffey to sidefoot the ball past the keeper from close range.
And City capped a memorable night with a second goal in injury time as Keating raced clear before coolly rolling the ball home at the near post in front of a buoyant Shed End.
Elsewhere in the First Division Waterford United secured their status as runners-up with a highly entertaining 4-2 victory over Athlone Town.
Waterford turned on the style on the first-half as goals from Wassim Aouachria, Phoenix Patterson and Junior Quitirna saw them race into a 3-0 lead by the break.
However Athlone rallied after the restart and goals from Adam Lennon and Jarlath Jones reduced the deficit to a single goal before Aouachria's second goal, with eight minutes to go, made sure of the points.
Waterford will now meet Treaty United in the play-offs over two-legs on 26 and 29 October.
Galway United had to settle for third place and a play-off tie with Longford Town after those two sides played out a 3-3 draw.
Darren Clarke opened the scoring for Longford before Evan O'Connor levelled things up but goals from Matthew O'Brien and Cristian Magerusan saw Athlone race into a 3-1 lead by half-time. A second-half brace from Rob Manley secured the draw for Galway and set up the play-off between the two sides.
Wexford went into their game with Treaty United knowing that they had no chance over overhauling their opponents for a place in the play-offs, with Treaty already assured of fifth place but goals from Jack Doherty and Daniel Corcoran saw them finish the season with a 2-0 victory.
Cork City: Mark McNulty (Jimmy Corcoran 25); Cian Coleman, Ally Gilchrist, Jonas Hakkinen; Darragh Crowley (Matt Srbely 79), Matt Healy (Gordon Walker 79), Barry Coffey, Aaron Bolger, Kevin O'Connor (Dylan McGlade 61); Cian Murphy (Mark O’Mahony 61), Ruairí Keating.
Bray Wanderers: Stephen McGuinness; Zak O’Neill, Hugh Douglas, Jack Hudson, Dan O’Boyle (Conor McManus 86); Conor Knight, Eoin Massey (Darragh Lynch 74), Josh McGlone (Callum Thompson 74), Conor Clifford, Keith Dalton (Kieran Waters 74); Ben Feeney.