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Kelly targets hat-trick for amateur side

Queen of the South's home of Palmerston Park will play host to the LSL intermediate squad today as they meet the Scottish Amateurs in their annual Celtic Challenge.

The LSL, under Liam Kelly, will aim to make it three in a row against the Scots at the Dumfries venue as the province looks to continue their dominance of this annual joust, the 15th instalment of the fixture.

This will be Kelly's second time taking charge of the LSL for this fixture, the former Shelbourne striker's debut ended with a penalty shoot-out victory at Jackson Park this time last year.

Last season's shoot-out victory was the LSL's fifth win in six outings.

Their only reverse since 2008 came three years ago in Tallaght Stadium when the Scots ran out comfortable 2-0 winners to put a halt to the LSL's bid for four in a row.

Since then, the LSL have notched up victories in Clyde and at home in Jackson Park, both by virtue of penalty shoot-outs, results that leave the province seeking a hat-trick of wins today.

SCOTLAND v LSL (Palmerston Park 2K/O)

Liam Kelly has assembled a squad with that perfect blend of experienced and battle hardened veterans alongside a healthy sprinkling of youth. Kelly has called in big guns like Irish internationals James Lee, Andy Doolin and Ray Whelehan to anchor down the midfield. Gerry Bambrick, John O'Neill and Glebe North's Rory O'Connor will be handed the task of grabbing the goals.

These games are traditionally tight affairs; more often than not, they end up in penalty shoot-outs.

There is no room for hiding in this blood and thunder clash. As always, it will be 90 minutes of high octane action. The team that can conjure up the little bit of subtlety amidst all the madness usually comes out on top.


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