LUCAN United will face off against Shamrock Rovers at Celbridge Park this weekend with John Doyle looking forward to a big crowd taking in the second annual meeting of the two clubs for the Molly O’Toole Memorial Cup.
Lucan have run the event in memory of Molly who played with the club’s girls youth teams before passing away in 2015 following a short illness when in fourth class.
This year’s match ñ played on Saturday at Celbridge Astro Park at 11am ñ will see funds raised at the gate go toward five-year-old Lacey Robinson who is currently in Great Ormond Street Hospital waiting on the vital funds needed for a transplant.
“What we really need is for people to turn up,” Lucan manager John Doyle told the Dublin Gazette. “We are charging Ä5 for adults but the kids go free and the whole gate goes towards [her cause].”
On the football front, Doyle knows his side are in for another serious test against the League of Ireland side.
“Rovers have added a few new players and it is their first outing so it will be interesting to see; we’ll give it a go. To be honest, the event is more for the charity and Rovers have been very good the last two seasons in supporting us on it.”
The LSL Senior Sunday 1A side are flying high in the league this season but Doyle expects a tough challenge from Rovers despite it being their first game ahead of the new season.
“It is good for the players; they get to play against top opposition. We are going ok in the league but it is a totally different ballpark when you are playing Rovers.
“There are a lot of players who will be looking to get into that team and they will all be competing for places straight off so it will be interesting.”
“For us, if we can stay with them for a while then we will be happy but we are not going to park the bus ñ as they say!”
Doyle also dispelled any suggestion that the players might be over-eager to impress against such illustrious opposition.
“They are totally focused on the league. This is great but some of our lads have a lot of experience and have played teams like this loads of times.
“This is a nice distraction for a week but our total focus is on the league.”