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Kelly's LSL eye more cup glory over Scots

The LSL Intermediate team will look to retain their tight grip on the MacKay Trophy when they take on the Scottish Amateurs at Jackson Park this afternoon.

The province has won four out of the last five encounters with the Scots and Liam Kelly's squad will start as favourites to keep the trophy on Irish soil, in this the 14th installment of this annual clash.

This is Kelly's first taste of this unique game, but the former Shelbourne man has named a squad that is dripping with experience and quality in equal measure, including eight players that have amateur international caps.

Despite the LSL dominance over the last few seasons, the Scots still remain a massive threat and are more than capable of giving Kelly a baptism that he will not forget.

The Scots have a respectable record on Irish soil.

Their last visit to these shores two years ago resulted in a comfortable 2-0 victory in Tallaght Stadium.

While this game is classed as a friendly, it is anything but.

The Scots will bring their usual brand of high-octane passion and while the quality level can sometimes be sacrificed for drama, as always, this will be one to remember.

LSL v SCOTLAND AMATEURS

Liam Kelly has named a highly experienced squad, loaded with Irish amateur internationals and top-class Senior Division players. Ray Whelehan, Noel Murray, James Lee, John Brophy, Lar Dunne and Andy Doolin all have international and representative experience. There are some newcomers to this clash with the likes of Reece McEnteer and Peter Rogers coming into contention. These games are generally tight, tense and played at full throttle for 90 minutes.

There is rarely more than a goal in it, while the tie has a habit of going to penalties. Today could be more of the same, but expect the home side to edge it in a firecracker of a game.

Verdict: Home Win


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