Midweek Leinster Senior League Preview
Tolka Rovers vs Liffey Wanderers
It seems strange to say but the most mouthwatering midweek clash might be one between two Senior 1 sides.
Tolka Rovers and Liffey Wanderers go head to head in an intriguing top of the second tier table clash.
The clubs proximity to each other in the table is always going to make this one to watch, but there is a host of other reasons this clash stands out.
Liffey’s are a former David who are growing into a Goliath having climbed up the table with Usain Bolt style speed and winning the FAI Junior and Intermediate Cup along the way.
They are now one promotion away from the top tier and they way they have started this season suggests they are determined to secure Senior Sunday status before the season is out.
That progressive side take on a team that’s fall from the top resembles in speed Wanderers rise. Under Paul Doyle three seasons ago Tolka were title challengers and FAI Intermediate Cup finalists. They now find themselves trying to re establish themselves as a big club having suffered relegation last term and are rebuilding under Stephen Doran.
It will be interesting to see which side omit that air of confidence when they go head to head. Wanderers who have recently established themselves as a big name or the club who always feel they should be up the top end of Senior Sunday.
That change in club dynamic isn’t the only sub plot that makes things interesting. You also have two clubs in goal scoring form pairing off. Tolka in particular have been involved in some cracking clashes this season the majority of their wins have been the come from behind kind and there hasn’t been a game in which they haven’t conceded or haven’t scored.
On the other hand Liffeys have hit just three less goals than tonights’s rivals, but have conceded 10 less.
Newbridge Town vs Killester United
Tonight provides Killester United with a massive opportunity to put pressure on their fellow title hopefuls.
Gary Howlett’s charges may not have been seen in the same light as St Mochtas, Bluebell United or Crumlin United at the start of the season, but a brilliant start has seen them not just enter the title race, but leading it.
They can stretch that advantage a few furlong’s more with a win against Newbridge tonight as victory will put them a sizeable 11 points clear at the top of the table. Granted they have games in hand, but they will argue the bird in a hand theory.
They will be favourites going into the clash considering they take on a newly promoted side on the back of a victory over the reigning champions Mochtas.
However, Town have proved themselves competitive this season and will certainly have victory aspirations of their own. Indeed a win for the Kildare side could see them jump up to second. They have lost at home to Mochtas and may target points from the teams outside the ‘big four or five’, but they go into this clash in a division that is renowned as an ‘anybody can beat anybody’ division on the back off two impressive wins over Bangor and St Patricks CY.
Malahide United vs Greystones United
Both these teams would have spent the summer talking about making a positive start to the new season. The scars of a last gasp survival attempt would have been healed and both would have tried to be positive from the off this time around.
While it’s too early to be feeling the pressure and both have been impressive in patched they haven’t accumulated the points they would have wished.
Greystones have three from six games and Malahide have six and both will be desperate for three points at Gannon Park tonight.
There is no doubt the two sides will feel there is a chance to grab all three points on offer and both will be aware of the value of those points even this early in the season.
Malahide have a strong enough home record this season and will fancy their chances at home. They have two wins from three by the sea. They have also scored in all of their games bar one this term and do look a threat going forward.
‘Stones go into the clash on the back of what could prove a moral boosting win, but have looked light up top this term and while they concede less than Malahide they have only socred twice in six games and both of those strikes came in their only league win of the season. It might not be a meeting of the big names, but this one has potential to be exciting in that tense nervy way.
Tullamore Town v Dunboyne
Tullamore Town are one of two teams yet to taste league defeat in Senior 1 this season- the other is league leaders Liffey Wanderers.
They will go into tonight’s clash with Dunboyne hoping to extend that run to seven games. The side, who currently sit third in the table, will also be aware that one of the two team above them if not both could drop points as they play to night.
As a result will see it as a chance to close the gap and remain in promotion contention.
Dunboyne looked to have turned a corner when they put three successive defeats behind them to register back to back wins, but then lost again last time out.
They will be keen to get some form of result away tonight.
Glebe North vs Ballymun United
This could be an intriguing clash to say the least. Neither side have started like they would have wished, both with five points to show from their early running.
Both will be desperate for a win to that could shoot them up the table. Glebe have been in some cracking games so far this season including two high score draws and a 3-2 defeat. They have scored 10 goals and conceded 12 in five games and certainly look attack minded.
Ballymun do go into the clash on the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Dunboyne, but drew their opening two games 0-0. It will be interesting to see how this one shapes out.