Nemanja Janković fires us on the way to the title against Tigers this afternoon.

In as one-sided a match as you are ever likely to see, Athletic defeated Tigers 3-0 this afternoon to secure the league title and with it, a likely Division III Play-off place.

Although the ball only rippled the home side’s net three times, Athletic’s outright dominance was never in question, and to all intents and purposes, Athletic played this as if it were a bounce game.

Jake MacConnechy almost opened the scoring in the fourteenth minute, but for an outstanding save by Tigers keeper Feliciano Cruz Filho. However he was helpless to prevent Nemanja Janković from doing exactly that a minute later.

It was left to Cruz Filho to keep his side in the match just before the half hour mark, but was given absolutely no chance by Andy Hautala seven minutes before the break.

He did however get a fingertip to Maranaj Batusha’s drive just after an hour, but finally conceded the third goal late on, Paul O’Healihy being noted as the scorer.

“We never got the number of goals our dominance merited, but a win is a win and we’ve secured the league title, which was all that mattered”, said a jubilant Arjen Bogaert at full-time.

“Their keeper has single-handedly kept them in the game, but from the kick-off, realistically, the match was never in doubt”.

He concluded, “Tonight, we’ll celebrate, but tomorrow we’ll start preparing for the Brook Street Cup Final on Wednesday, and for Saturday’s final league match”.

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