St Mochta’s FC will welcome Bristol Rovers to Porterstown Road this summer in a prestigious pre-season friendly.
The Leinster Senior League side will play Rovers on Wednesday July 10th, less than a month before the Pirates resume their league campaign away to Blackpool. The Pirates finished the last campaign in 17th place in League One, the third tier of English football.
The Saints were Leinster Senior League champions in the 2016/2017 season, and manager Brian McCarthy will want his team to add more silverware to mark the 70th anniversary of the club’s foundation.
St Mochta’s FC is one of the fastest growing clubs in Dublin 15, with 28 teams playing from underage academy level through to three senior men’s teams. This coming season, it will add a female junior team to its ranks. The club is currently raising funds to build a full-size floodlit astroturf pitch.
Bristol Rovers have a strong Irish connection: manager Graham Coughlan played for Cherry Orchard and Bray Wanderers before moving to England, while his assistant manager Joe Dunne is a former Irish under 21 international.