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Loughran's LSL have score to settle with Scotland

THE LSL Intermediate squad will put provincial and national pride on the line as they take on Scotland's Amateur international side this weekend in a bid to reclaim the Allan Mackay Trophy in their annual clash of the Celts.

Martin Loughran's side, which is made up of some of the best available talent in the intermediate grade, has a score to settle with the Scots after losing out in Tallaght Stadium last season for the first time in four years.

The Scots won with ease last season and in turn ended the Loughran's side's hopes of gaining an unprecedented four in a row.

This game in Clyde will be about setting the record straight for the LSL, in what will be the 13th clash between these representative sides.

Last season's defeat is the only blemish on his record against the Scots and the LSL will look to clinch their third win on Scottish soil under Loughran following wins in Kilmarnock in 2008 and Livingston two years ago.

The squad assembled by Loughran is attack-minded with two Irish amateur internationals in Michael Keogh and Davy Sullivan blending in with League of Ireland proven strikers Ger Rowe and Lee Roche.

With a couple of forward-thinking midfielders and a couple of out-and-out wingers also in the squad, Loughran will certainly take the game to the Scots. It's the LSL's attack that holds the key to unlocking the Scots' defence.

"It's juggling these players that is the problem. We talked about going 4-3-3, but I suppose it's a nice problem. Sullivan, James Lee, Roche, Mick Keogh and Rowe can all get you a goal out of nothing," revealed Loughran.

Loughran's only injury worry is a slight knock picked up by James Lee, but the LSL boss is confident that his midfield general will be fit to take part.

LSL (Probable): Morgan Cranley; Carl Redmond, Paul Connaughton, Conor Tiernan, Noel Murray; James Lee, Conor Riddick, Lee Roche, David Sullivan, Ger Rowe, Michael Keogh.