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orient back with a bang

Park Orient ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..2

Frankfort ... ... ... ... ... ... . ... .0

Back in the top flight of the Leinster Football League and already Park Orient have got something to celebrate.

The last time they were in the Major a couple of seasons ago things didn't go exactly to plan for them. They won one, drew two all season.

Now they are back, better, stronger, more organised and ready to give it a right old rattle this time.

With one win from one outing they have already matched their winning tally from a two seasons ago. Now with that marker laid down they want to push on from here.

"We're much stronger now, we've six new signings, we've still got the bulk of our old squad, there's a good banter among the players and we're confident we can do a lot better this time," said manager Glen Ledden after yesterday's win.

Both Park Orient goals came from Stephen Hughes and were well taken. The first was created from a Brian Kavanagh assist, the second arrived with some help form Dessie Quigley. Hughes took advantage and the three points were in the bag.

"This was a good result, we've always found Frankfort to be a tough side to play against, it's always a tough, hard game for us. It was great to see our friend Brian playing for Frankfort again," added manager Ledden who is once more helped out in running the team by his trusty assistant Graham O'Neill. For Frankfort this was not what the doctored ordered as they sought in vain to match their opponents' enterprise and purpose.

This is their second season at the top level and they know just how difficult it can be to carve out a victory.

"We were living off scraps for a lot of the game, we just didn't get any breaks today," said manager Paul O'Connor.

Mark Donoghue and Karl Nolan threatened for Frankfort who just couldn't find a way through well-organised opponents. Brian Boland and Damien Flood did well for them in defence. Goal opportunities were few and most of them there were created by Park Orient.

Supported by the Vineyard in Blanchardstown Frankfort will - their manager confidently predicted - bounce back from this.

Last season they lost their opening six games of their campaign and they will be going all out to avoid a similar scenario this time around.

Park OrientL Alan Reilly; Colin Daly, Stephen Higgins, Alan O'Connor, Dave McLoughlin, Gavin Ivers, Derek Brennan, Dessie Quigley, Brian Kavanagh, Paul Gannon, Stephen Hughes. Subs -- Anthony Hughes, Karl Summers, John Maher, Jonathan Rooney, Kevin Corcoran.

Frankfort FC: Graham Abbey; Mark Kirwan, David Kirwan, Brian Boland, Damien Flood, Johnny Hehir, Mark Donoghue, Karl Nolan, Darren McFaul, Kenny Boland, Karl Poland. Subs -- David King, Jim Kelly.

Referee: Paul Geoghegan


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