Thursday, May 12, 2022

History was created in Waterford footballing circles last night as Villa FC (squad and management team pictured above) were crowned Waterford Junior League Premier Division champions for the first time in the club’s history.

Having won 14 and drawn one of their 15 games played to-date they came into last night’s game with reigning champions Hibs seven points clear with the same number of games played, knowing that a draw would be enough to see them crowned champions

It was Hibs who hit the front first with Alex Phelan finding the back of the Villa net after just eleven minutes.

But 14 minutes later it was Villa captain, Adam Heaslip, who drew the sides level to steady the nerves of the Connors’ Park faithful.

Both sides had chances to snatch victory but in the end it finished 1-1 and with two games to play, this was enough to spark great scenes of celebration for Conor Coad’s men as they finally got their hands on a first ever Premier crown.

Villa’s attentions have no doubt already turned to the next major piece of silverware that they can capture as they will now focus on Pike Rovers in the club’s first ever FAI Junior Cup Final in Turner’s Cross on Sunday week.

  • See Tuesday’s Waterford News & Star for a full report & pictures on this game and a bumper preview of Villa’s FAI Junior Cup Final clash with Pike Rovers.

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