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Saturday 16 December 2017

Tolka looking to avoid Cup banana skin

Leinster Senior League

The top flight clubs in the LSL get their first taste of cup action this weekend as the Herald Metropolitan Cup gets underway.

For the top flight clubs an early humbling by lower league outfit is the fear. Tomorrow, holders Tolka Rovers face travel to Tallaght to take on Kilnamanagh looking to avoid an early-season upset.

Paul Doyle's side is one of the best outfits in the country, they are holders of this competition and take on a team that have yet to win a game this season in the lowest rung of the intermediate ladder.

The Tallaght side fell to Senior Division opposition at this stage last season, a 2-0 loss to UCD, but more worryingly Tolka have handed out a few hidings to lower leagues sides in the past couple of seasons.

HERALD METRO CUP 1st Rd (Selected Ties)

DRUMCONDRA v ARKLOW TOWN

Drums have started life in the top flight in fine form and will start this one as favourites. Town have yet to post a win in their three games this term and it is hard to see the Wicklow men changing fortunes tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win.

KILNAMANAGH v TOLKA ROVERS

Kilnamanagh are three leagues below Rovers, have yet to win a game this season and come up against a Tolka side clicking into gear. The Tallaght side has it all to do. An early resistance should fold as soon as Rovers take the lead. Verdict: Away Win.

UCD v MALAHIDE UNITED

Two sides looking to reignite their season. United are winless in three, while UCD lost their opening game of the season last week. College will fancy a run in this competition and should add to United's woes. Verdict: Home Win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v CELBRIDGE TOWN

The 'Bell are already shaping up to be serious contenders for silverware and Senior 1A side Town will have it all to do to contain Andy Noonan's experienced outfit. Verdict: Home Win.

KILLESTER UNITED v FIRHOUSE CLOVER

United have settled into their Senior Division campaign, sitting in second place and unbeaten after three games. Firhouse has played just once this term, losing out to table-toppers St Pats CY, and could well facing their second defeat tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win.

TEK UNITED v ST PATS CY

The Saints may top the Senior Division, but face a tricky away day in Blackrock. The tight confines of the Stradbrook pitch and a TEK side in flying form will provide CY with a severe test. Still, the top flight leaders are in confident mood and should scrape through. Verdict: Away Win.

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