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Watch: Cork City’s Alan Bennett Shows True Sportsmanship In Tribute To Derry Following LOI Win

Cork City have been crowned SSE Airtricity League Of Ireland Premier Division champions tonight with two games to spare and the celebrations will go on long into the night. 

Having once been 17 points clear at the top of the table as a result of a blistering start to the season where they were at times unplayable, City have somewhat crawled to their league triumph in recent weeks. In saying that, there is sure to be not one Rebel Army supporter in the southern capital bothered by that fact tonight.

A 0-0 draw against Derry City was enough to crown John Caulfield’s side as champions tonight at Turner’s Cross and the scenes which ensued at the final whistle were a joy to behold. The mighty sense of relief compiled with twelve long years without glory on Leeside all poured onto the pitch to embrace.

Alan Bennett was there back in 2005, the last time City won the league, and he spoke with true class in the aftermath of tonight’s fixture, heaping praise on the opposition.

Bennett was awarded Man of The Match for his solid performance by RTÉ and he was visibly overjoyed in his post match interview. Despite that fact, he took time out of celebration mode to pay tribute to Derry City as a club and the manner in which they have bounced back from the tragic death of their captain Ryan McBride at the beginning of this season to qualify for Europe.

There is no doubting that the passing of McBride shook everybody involved with Derry City earlier this  year, and to see how they have responded to such adversity is a true credit to the Brandywell side as a club and as a people.

See for yourself Bennett’s classy interview in the clip below:

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