THERE has been plenty of movement around the Senior Division during the close season with clubs looking to strengthen their squads ahead of what is expected to be one of the most thrilling campaigns ever.
Champions Crumlin haven't sat still during the break, with boss Martin Loughran adding Eric McGill and Ger Bambrick from Mount Merrion as well as Phoenix duo Dave Phillips and Carl Hitchcock. Loughran also plans to bring through several Under 19s.
Paul Doyle has looked to his old club Cherry Orchard in order to strengthen his hand at Tolka Rovers. Doyle has brought brothers and former Tolka stars Mark and Shane Hughes back to Cooke Park, while Dennis Moran, Lee Dixon and Paddy Collins cross the city. Rovers also captured Irish international John Brophy from Phoenix.
Peter Lennon leads Wayside into battle again and has added a few shrewd signings. Into the squad come Glen Keddy, Ger Pender, Ed McDonagh and Ryan Matthews, while Celtic stalwart Wayne Callaghan hangs up his boots.
Andy Noonan has added Gareth Cooney and Tony Keeler to his squad along with Andy McNulty, who returns from LOI. Irish international Ian Cherry has left to take up a managerial role with Verona.
Bangor Celtic boss John Scott has brought Paddy Quinlan, David Meehan (both Salthill Devon) and Josh Douglas (Drogheda United), while Terry Gleeson joins Callaghan and Paul McCabe in calling time on their remarkable careers.
METRO CUP EXPANDS
THE BIGGEST cup competition in the LSL has just got bigger. The Herald Metropolitan Cup is to be expanded from this season on and will now encompass all four intermediate divisions.
This famous trophy has long since been the most sought-after piece of silverware in the league and now clubs from Senior 1A and Senior 1B will have the chance to tackle the big guns for the 'Metro'.
Also ready for expansion is the Ryan Cup and Polikoff Cup. The Ryan Cup will now be played for by all the clubs across the five Major Saturday Divisions, making it one of the hardest competitions to win in the league. The prestigous Polikoff will be contested by the top four divisions in junior Sunday section.
35 YEARS OF CHERRIES
THIS COMING Saturday, Cherry Orchard FC host a Memorial Trophy tournament and are inviting players who have graced the club's famous colours over 35 years to Elm Dale, to take part and enjoy the occasion.
The club will fuse past and present together as they showcase their brand new clubhouse to the players that helped make the Orchard one of the most famous names in Irish football.
The festivities kick off at 12pm and players and their families are invited to join in reminiscing about the glory days, along with a couple of games of football thrown in. Contact Joe Kane: 087-7797548.