Doddervale are without a manager following the departure of Shane Gutkin but that didn’t stop them getting their first win of the season with a resounding 7-2 scoreline against Clondalkin Celtic.
The Rathgar club lost their opening encounter of the season away to St Kevin’s and were disappointed when Gutkin was no longer able to continue in his role.
Doddervale went unbeaten at their Dartry Road home in the league last season, with their only defeat coming at home to intermediate side Collinstown in the Kevin Nugent Cup quarter-finals.
That home form continued as they ruthlessly exposed their west Dublin visitors despite playing the last 15 minutes with ten men due to injuries.
Doddervale took command of the fixture early and were 2-0 up within ten minutes through goals from Owen Kelly and Mick Gaynor, while Gerry Hamilton scored a hat-trick.
Kelly opened the scoring following a good run and cross from Peter Hayes, sending a bullet header into the right-hand corner that left the visiting keeper with no chance.
Hamilton kicked off a man-of-the-match performance with an assist for the second as his lay-off was excellently volleyed home by Gaynor.
The first of Hamilton’s three goals brought the scoreline to 3-0 at the break, and Ultan Kennedy added a fourth early in the second half.
Injuries and a shortage of substitutes saw Doddervale finish with ten men and Clondalkin took advantage, with Aaron Behan scoring two quick goals to halve the deficit.
The home side finished strongly, however, and Hamilton completed his hat-trick late on with strikes either side of a goal from Hayes.
“Our first game was away to St Kevin’s and the scoreline was 3-0 but we were a lot better than that,” caretaker manager Richard Murphy told the Dublin Gazette.
“Shane stood down, so I’ve taken on the role until we can find a replacement. The team responded extremely well considering the manager stepped down during the week.
“The really strong point is we were unbeaten at home last year. The only team to beat us in Dartry last year was Collinstown.
“We’ve brought in a couple of young players to add to the experience we have. Nobody’s going to find it easy down in Dartry.”
Doddervale face CYM Beechwood in something of a local derby in Terenure on Sunday afternoon with Murphy set to continue in charge until a more permanent appointment can be made.
“Between myself and the club captain, I think we’ll manage it. We have the experience.
“It’s a tight bunch – most of the guys have been together for four or five years.
“It won’t be a major problem.”