In The Irish News - May 11 1998: Picture Gallery: Celtic sweep to Scottish title
Bell’s Scottish League Premier Division: Celtic 2 St Johnstone 0
THERE were 50,000 souls inside Celtic Park on Saturday who could barely watch what was happening on the pitch – while thousands more were outside wishing they knew what was going on.
But if the fans were on the verge of a nervous breakdown for most of the 90 minutes, Wim Jansen’s men for the most part looked a team that knew it was on the way to a historic achievement.
Not only are Celtic the last team to win the league in its present form, but Wim Jansen is the first foreign coach to mastermind a title victory in Scotland.
Those green and white legions unlucky enough to be left outside without a ticket didn’t need a radio to know their heroes had taken the lead in the first three minutes.
The roar of delight was probably heard in Ibrox where 30,000 Rangers fans were watching their own own team via a TV link, while hoping St Johnstone would do them a favour at Celtic Park.
But that early spectacular strike by Henrik Larsson virtually sealed Celtic’s first title since 1988 and did Scottish football a favour by breaking Rangers’ dominance of the game.
The icing on the cake came with the second and clinching goal by Harald Brattbakk, the man expected to deliver this title after his move from Rosenberg.
And as the sun shone on the East End of Glasgow for a change, those same supporters stayed well after the final whistle of Kenny Clark to watch Tom Boyd lift the championship trophy and take it on an emotion-filled lap of honour around the ground.
Outside the street vendors were already selling out of flags and scarves proclaiming the simple message – Glasgow Celtic, Scottish Champions 1998.
Celtic: Gould; Boyd, Rieper, Stubbs, Annoni; McNamara, O’Donnell, Lambert, Burley; Donnelly, Larsson. Subs: Brattbakk for Donnelly (58); Wieghorst for Lambert (82); Blinker for Larsson (89).
St Johnstone: Main; McQuillan, Preston, Sekerlioglu, McCluskey; Whiteford, O’Halloran, O’Neill, Grant; O’Boyle, Jenkinson. Subs: Griffin for Sekerlioglu (76); McMahon for O’Halloran (62); Connolly for Grant (76).
Man of the match: Phil O’Donnell
Referee: K Clark (Paisley)
National Senior Camogie League semi-final: Cork 5-15 Antrim 1-12 Antrim lo
WHAT a pity for Antrim this game did not finish at half-time.
They produced one of the best display’s of camogie from an Ulster side against the current All-Ireland senior champions and led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the midway point.
But that early effort took its toll during the second half as Cork found an extra gear and burst forward in waves, creating countless problems for the Saffron defence.
But then Antrim looked to have lead in their boots, as Cork set about overhauling that six points interval lead in the second half.
However Antrim shocked the champions in the first half.
The visitors opened with two early points but their game plan was disrupted by the eager Saffrons who chased everything and pressurised the player in possession.
Most of Cork’s 10 first half wides can be attributed to Antrim’s effort in closing them down, rather than to wayward shooting.
Anne McKee and Denise O’Boyle were the first half stars of a top class team effort. McKee shot five great points, while both were involved in the build-up to Caitriona Higgins’ three points.
Cork: C Keohane, E Duggan (capt), M Finn, V Harris (0-1), D Cronin, L Mellerick, M O’Connor, U Troy (1-1), I O’Keefe (3-1), S O’Callaghan (0-3), L Dunlea (1-8), F O’Driscoll (0-1)
Antrim: K Coyles, B McNeill, C McGinley, S McMullan (capt), (0-2), H Healey, C Higgins (0-3), D O’Boyle, D Brogan, A McKee (0-5), G Connolly (1-0), J Adams, O Elliott (0-1).
Subs: G McMullan (0-1) for J Adams (36 mins), C McGarry 1-0) for D Brogan (48 mins), C Doherty for C Higgins (48 mins)
NHL Division 3: Fermanagh 1-3 Cavan 1-15
FERMANAGH showing a number of changes from last week’s encounter paid the price for fielding an unsettled team when they were well beaten by Cavan at Irvinestown.
This win, depending on results elsewhere should secure Cavan promotion to Div 2 next season.
Ironically Fermanagh wasted several chances in the opening half and trailed by 0- 8 to 0-2 at half time.
Cavan’s half-back Pauric Crowley hit two splendid points and corner forward Cormac Plunkett their most dangerous forward helped himself to three points. Indeed Cavan could have had more on the board but for the safe handling of Fermanagh goalkeeper Michael Keogh.
Fermanagh: M Keogh, J McCusker, S McCusker, B Flannigan, N Murphy (0-1), R O’Donnell, B Johnston, J McManus (1‘-0), A McPhillips, G Winterson, R McGinn, D Curran (0-1), D Graham (0-1), C Dunne, C McManus.
Subs: D McShea for C McManus, G Murphy for McGinn, B Smith for Flannigan.
Cavan: E Sheridan, B Lawlor, F Conway, E Brady, D Brady, D Kennedy, P Crowley (0-2), M Fitzsimmons (0-1), G Bagnall (0-1), K Hanifey, B Sweeney, D Walsh, F Clarke (0-2), S Kearney (1-3), D Plunkett (0-5).
Subs: J Swann for D Brady, T Smith for Hanifey, F Smith for D Smith.
Referee: Jim McLean (Antrim)