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Gaynor’s a champ: Linfield secure NIFL title

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Ross Gaynor celebrates Linfield FC's league success.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ross Gaynor added another memorable piece of silverware to his personal collection on Saturday – as his Linfield side beat Cliftonville 3-1 to secure the NIFL Premiership title.

The Ardee man – whilst not involved today – made 24 league appearances for the Blues this season, under the tutelage of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland striker David Healy, and scored three league goals.

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For much of the campaign, Linfield were on the tails of league leaders Crusaders. While last season the Windsor Park outfit couldn’t quite overhaul Crusaders, they did so this year – beating them earlier this month in what was a key result in Linfield’s title win.

On Saturday, Crusaders crushed Glenavon 6-1 but with Linfield holding a two point advantage at the top, they knew a win would secure he title. Gaynor was present in Belfast to watch his team do just that.

Personally, the second half of Gaynor’s season has been disrupted badly by injury  – he has made just six appearances in the league since Christmas – but his importance to the cause has been key.

He scored goals over Portadown, Dungannon Swifts and Carrick Rangers this season, bringing his tally since joining the club in December 2015 to ten in league and cup.

Today’s title win – secured at Cliftonville’s Solitude – means that Gaynor has now won the domestic league title both north and south of the border. In 2012, he was part of the Sligo Rovers team that won the League of Ireland title. The versatile player also secured FAI Cup and Setanta Cup successes with the Bit O’Red.

A former Republic of Ireland Under 21 and 23 cap, the 29-year-old has also turned out for Cork City, Dundalk, Drogheda United, Cobh Ramblers, Sporting Fingal and Millwall.

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