Rovers set for Molly O’Toole Memorial

by Stephen Findlater

LUCAN United are looking forward to playing Shamrock Rovers for the Molly O’Toole Memorial Cup on Friday, January 20 at Peamount’s Greenogue grounds in what manager John Doyle says is a “big deal for the club”.
The event will honour Molly O’Toole who was part of the Lucan Under-14 team before her untimely death in January 2015.
The tie came about through United’s links with Stephen Bradley who previously played with the club before taking up the managerial reins with Rovers.
“We have the anniversary of Molly O’toole coming up and we wanted to run a special memorial for her,” Doyle told GazetteSport.
“I mentioned it to Stephen would they play us to give it a profile and hopefully raise some money for the charity of her father Kevin’s choice. He said straightaway yes.
“It’s a big deal for us because he is not bringing the Under-19s or anything like that. He is bringing the full team.”
In addition to the match, Lucan’s Under-9s will face the Shamrock Rovers Under-9s during the half-time interval while Molly’s parents will also be part of proceedings. It is part of the growing connection between the two clubs.
“Rovers are trying to build links with the clubs around them and their community relations.
“This is part of that; we are going to get our kids to their games, playing at half-time and that kind of thing.
“Their community officer Graham Gartland also played for us. It’s a good link and we have kept ties since they left the club. Graham Barrett – who used to play with Arsenal – is there too.”
Doyle was also thankful to Peamount for making their pitch available for the tie. Rovers were only available to play on the Friday evening and so required a venue with floodlights. The venue has the additional benefit that if the weather puts the grass pitch out of action, the astroturf will be available, guaranteeing the game gets played.
For Doyle’s side, he hopes it can kick-start a strong 2017 after a middling first half of the LSL Sunday Senior 1B season.
“It’s a very young side and we’re inconsistent. But, potentially, if we can keep the same team together as they grow.”
To this end, Doyle has brought in the experienced Sean Nolan and 2014 player of the year Martin Cramer from Crumlin.

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