12:10pm Monday 19th May 2014
MONMOUTH Town are the new Welsh League champions for the first time in their 138-year-old history - albiet without a trophy yet to show for the efforts.
An own goal and a late effort from Nick Harrhy earned The Kingfishers a 2-0 win over managerless hosts Cwmbran Celtic, but disappointingly there was no sign of the championship trophy.
Monmouth travelled to face Celtic, whose manager Steve Morgan had resigned hours earlier after failing to receive assurances about his future with the club, knowing a point would be enough for them to be crowned as Division One victors on goal difference over Taffs Well.
A large crowd turned up, to see if Monmouth could add another divisional crown to those won in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 (Division Three and Two respectively).
For the opening 45 minutes, however, this proved to be a tense affair with neither side able to settle and Monmouth midfielder Rob Laurie was closest to opening the scoring by crashing a firm header against the Celtic crossbar.
The second period again offered little in terms of goal-mouth action until Monmouth took a 73rd-minute lead when Celtic skipper Craig Cheedy sliced the ball into his own net after Ben Evans had headed back a Dan MacDonald free kick.
The goal was just the tonic the visitors needed and with just nine minutes remaining, Harrhy popped up to side-foot home another MacDonald free kick from close range for his 18th league goal of the season - and the silverware was heading to Monmouth, eventually!
There was almost a third when Celtic goalkeeper Nick Church saved well from Corey Jenkins with the Monmouth squad plus the team-management of former Wales cap Steve Jenkins and Andrew Smith joining in the celebrations.
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