Cliftonville Olympic lift the Reserve League trophy (Picture: Gary Hancock)
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Cliftonville Olympic lifted the Lewis Moore trophy on Tuesday night at Solitude during the half time break of the Danske Bank Premiership game between their senior team and Crusaders FC.
Having last won the Reserve League in season 2013/14 Olympic won the trophy back off Linfield Swifts with a 4-2 win over Coleraine Reserves on Wednesday 13th April at Solitude.
Cliftonville won the league with two games to spare but did have to fight their way to the finish line as previous holders Linfield Swifts pushed them hard.
At the time of writing they have played 31 games winning 27 and only losing the four. They scored 97 (an average of over three goals a game) goals with only conceding 38 (an average of just over a goal a game).
With this being the last season of Reserve League in its current format Olympic Manager Michael Press was delighted with his team’s achievement.
“It has been a great season and I am very proud of the boys having only lost four games. Every player has worked really hard. I have been the Olympic manager for 12 years now and I have to say that this season was one of the most competitive I have experienced.
"There has definitely been an increase in standards across the board and it bodes well for the future of the domestic game and the Danske Bank Premiership in particular.
"In addition to the players I would like to thank everyone at Cliftonville for their support and in particular my backroom staff of Brendan Lynch (Coach) and Declan O’Hara (Assistant Manager) who have been a joy to work with.”