UCD ready to take Fingal's Cup spot
UCD insist that they will be ready for an early start to the season next Monday night after their late entry into the Setanta Sports Cup, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
Sporting Fingal were due to host the first match of the 2011 domestic season against Lisburn Distillery on Monday but Fingal have formally withdrawn from the competition and have been replaced by UCD.
The Students are unable to host the game at the Belfield Bowl as Monday is already booked up for a rugby game, so the game goes ahead at Dalymount Park.
UCD boss Martin Russell was facing a major rebuilding programme as 11 players from last season's squad have left the club, but Russell has brought in promising Athlone Town youngsters Robbie Benson and Tom O'Halloran as well as Yael Haro, the Spanish defender who lined out for Drogheda United last season, and ex-Sligo pair Darren Meenan and Dean Marshall.