Paul Munster says the Linfield players never lost belief — even in their darkest hour this season.
Double glory was a distant dream to Linfield fans midway through the season when the team struggled to get into gear but Munster kept the faith.
The much travelled striker can now enjoy his summer break after pocketing a first league winner’s and Irish Cup medal.
“We never lost belief — it is a long season and there was time to turn things around.
“December was a bleak time but it was nowhere near the end of the league.
“We had plenty of doubters but we proved everyone wrong.
“We can celebrate a double now — it’s in the history books.
“I’ve another 12 months left on my contract so I can enjoy my holiday and come back hungry for more. We can build on this success, we have a strong squad and every player is here for a reason.
“I’m sure there are a lot of disappointed people who failed to make the squad but we have all had to stay together.
“My time at Linfield has flew in so quick but I’m really enjoying it.”
Munster hailed Linfield’s midfield generals Robert Garrett and Michael Gault for winning the scrap in the centre.
“They came back into the game but we had to stay focused and steady the ship,” added Munster.
“Robbie (Garrett) and Michael (Gault) did very well in midfield, they have the experience and that is what it is all about.
“In this league it is mostly about who can get on top in the middle. Cup finals are all about winning and thankfully we lifted the trophy.
“It was the perfect start for us, we got what we wanted but they hit back and that made it a little more difficult for us.
“It was a big cup final for me but I have played in big cup finals abroad. I knew what I had to do — I was watching the match in the first half. I was just disappointed I didn’t start the game but that made me hungry to impress when I did come on.
“That was an opportunity to show what I can do. There was one half chance when I closed in on David Miskelly but I was perhaps too eager and fell off balance after going into the challenge too quickly.
“It would have been fantastic to score but it did not happen.”