This latest success means that Bohemians are set to earn up to euro 250,000 from their participation in next season’s European Champions League — an important reward given that the club has the only full-time professional set up in Ireland.
Manager Stephen Kenny, in his first full season in charge, paid tribute to the players who remained loyal to the club after he had taken over.
“Players like Glenn Crowe and Kevin Hunt deserve this,” Kenny said. “They decided to stay and along with most of the squad they are committed to Bohs on three-year contracts and the aim now will be to build on that success. I’ve already identified players I want to bring in, so winning this title should be seen as a steppingstone.”
Losing only three games on their way to the title, Bohemians have been by far the most potent and stylish outfit in the competition.
“But we won’t be getting complacent,” Kenny said. “Every time somebody wins the league, they think they’re going to dominate for some time.”
For the most part, the game was a disappointment, but with a draw appearing the most likely outcome, Ryan intervened to score the first headed goal of his career in the league to secure Bohemians’ ninth championship in all.