East End are back in the Superleague after defeating Cruden Bay 3-0 at New Advocates Park to clinch the First Division East title.
The only goal of the first period came after 35 minutes through Jason COYLE, with same player adding a second early in the second half before Callum DUNBAR fired home number three.
Manager Lee Youngson was full of praise for his players after the game.
He said: “We had to work for that and it wasn’t pretty at times.
“Cruden Bay came with great energy and discipline which was expected but we never panicked and kept good control of the game throughout
“In the first 20 minutes of the second half we found another gear which was enough to seal the win and I thought Richie Petrie was outstanding, he led by example and drove the team forward.
”Jason Coyle was again in the right place at the right time for both his goals after some good combination play from Elliot Duff and Callum Dunbar who both worked well off the second phase of play.
“Last season was such a successful season for us, becoming the first team in East End’s history to lift three cups in the same season was remarkable, we knew we would have doubters again this season questioning how we would respond to that success but I was confident my players would perform – and once again they’ve delivered.
“Our target this season was always promotion, there’s no doubt about that but to have won the league unbeaten playing 18 games, winning 16 and drawing 2 in such a competitive league is phenomenal.
“People forget we were third bottom of Division 1 when Craig Stephenson and I took the job here in June 2015, the turnaround has been outstanding.
“Personally I want to thank my dad Phil Youngson and Dougie Yeats for giving me the opportunity to manage as without them I wouldn’t be speaking about this success today.
“Craig, Robbie Wildgoose and Sean Rogers who have been tremendous on the coaching front from the get go, the committee members and sponsors and most importantly my players who have fought every corner and worked hard every week to support my philosophy and desire to win.
“We still have three games to play in the league, a semi-final in the League Cup against Longside and a quarter-final to play against Stonehaven in the Regional Cup.
“We want more success this season but we know how good Longside and Stonehaven can be, so we need to be prepared for that.
“Although I want my players to enjoy the title they’ve secured today, we can’t take the foot of the gas, we must push on, finish strong and leave the celebrations until our last game has been played.
“We still have a power of work to do this season, my players will be eager to get that under way starting at Aberdeen University tonight.
“As for promotion and achieving our Superleague status for next season, we want to be competitive in every game we play, our mentality won’t change but we know we will need to work hard to achieve that next season.
“Everyone’s looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level available to us.
“The Superleague is where this fantastic club belongs, I’m delighted I’ve played a part in getting East End home again.”