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Sunday 22 October 2017

Doyle ready to pip Cherry on his return

A return to an old club is always a difficult assignment, but for Tolka Rovers boss Paul Doyle tomorrow's clash against Cherry Orchard has come a little bit quicker than expected.

Doyle left the Orchard in the close season to take up the vacant manager's spot at Frank Cooke Park, but now returns to his old stomping ground just three games into his new job.

With just a couple of months elapsed since his departure Doyle, along with several of his squad, could be forgiven if they attempt to enter the home dressing room at Elm Dale.

Rovers started the season by coming out on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller against Crumlin United. Tolka, though, didn't show any ill-effects of that defeat on Wednesday night as they hit Firhouse Clover for four.

Three former Orchard men were on the mark against the Tallaght side as Shane Hughes (2), Lee Dixon and Denis Moran all scored.

Tomorrow they all return to familiar surroundings hoping to break their old club's heart.

SENIOR DIVISION

CHERRY ORCHARD v TOLKA ROVERS

The Orchard will start their season with a tough assignment against Tolka Rovers and old boss Paul Doyle. Graham Cassin's side has yet to kick a ball, but Tolka are onto their third game and hitting their stride. Verdict: Tolka Rovers.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v BANGOR CELTIC

A win against Bray Wanderers last Sunday in the Leinster Senior Cup was followed up by a draw against champions Crumlin United on Wednesday. That United clash was the Celts' first league game and they will look for their first win against Bangor. John Scott's side also started in midweek with a draw against Leixlip United, but tomorrow they may just find Wayside too tough. Verdict: Wayside.

CRUMLIN UNITED v MALAHIDE UNITED

Malahide face their first away game of the campaign, a trip to the champions. John Gill opened their season with a win over St Pat's CY, but that newly built confidence will be tested tomorrow. Malahide are capable of grabbing a draw. Verdict: Draw.

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