Doyle joins Town team

by Gazette Reporter

THE transfer window might be closed but Collinstown FC made undoubtedly one of the signings of the season this week by adding Paul Doyle to their senior backroom team.
Doyle is one of the most well-respected coaches in the amateur game having previously worked at Dublin Bus, Cherry Orchard and most recently Tolka Rovers before ending his sabbatical to join Kevin Carroll’s coaching staff.
Doyle will join Graham Cassin as a first-team coach for Carroll and the Town manager is delighted with his latest signing. “It’s fantastic news for the senior section to have someone like Paul come in,” he said. “His coaching is second to none at this level and it was only a matter of time before he was snapped up.
“Paul’s a local lad and has been a friend of the club for some time now. He’s put on coaching sessions for plenty of our underage teams at the request of their mangers at various times over the years. With him working alongside Graham with the senior section, we have two excellent coaches who have different qualities but can offer so much,” Carroll added.
Doyle’s first game in Collinstown colours will see the first team begin their quest to retain the Leinster Junior Cup. Town beat Sheriff YC back in May to win the competition for the first time. Having been knocked out of the FAI Junior Cup in the early rounds this season by East Wall, the Clondalkin outfit will be more motivated than ever to hang on to their Leinster crown.
“I think we would have been highly motivated to retain it anyway,” said Carroll. “But yes, suffering more heartbreak in the FAI Junior has made us more focused and motivated to win the Leinster Junior again.”
Their blistering start to Premier A this season hit a setback two weeks ago with 2-0 defeat against Sheriff in Clontarf.
Town still remain top of the table with 21 points from nine games, but with Sheriff, East Wall Bessborough and Kilbarrack all certain to apply pressure with their games in hand, the Neilstown Road side know they can afford little more slip-ups in their quest for a title.
“The league is going to be extremely tight this year,” said Carroll. “I think it’s safe to say it’ll be between ourselves, Sheriff, East Wall and Kilbarrack.
“We’ve played each of those teams away from home and only picked up three points. But we’ll look forward to bringing them to Clondalkin.
“We know we can beat Sheriff after the Leinster final last year. There’s a great a relationship between our two clubs but in the week leading up to our games with them, everyone involved in the senior section is on a buzz.
“We played really well against them two weeks ago. There’s very little room for more error so we need to pick up points against those top teams at home.”

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