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Tolka set to silence Students

October may only be in its infancy, but Tolka Rovers are finding the new month much to their liking after scaling to the summit of Senior Division last Wednesday night.

While Rovers got the better of Bluebell United in a five-goal thriller at Frank Cooke Park, league leaders Phoenix were falling to Crumlin United, results that proved to be enough to see Paul Doyle's side leap to the top of the heap. It is just reward for a Rovers side that have been extremely impressive since their opening-day defeat away by champions Crumlin.

Since that loss, Rovers have posted four wins on the bounce and in the process have netted 15 times to see them ease to the summit.

Doyle's side are oozing confidence at the moment and they have shown a stylish swagger in recent weeks as the raced to the top. Tomorrow, they have another opportunity to cement their place at the summit against a UCD side still finding their stride around the top flight.

While it is far too early to rubber-stamp Tolka's title credentials, Doyle's side is throwing the right shapes in the early stages of this campaign.

SENIOR DIVISION

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v MALAHIDE UNITED

These two sides posted confidence-boosting wins over the last seven days as they moved out of the drop zone. Firhouse came out on top in the Tallaght derby against Sacred Heart last Sunday while United picked up three points against UCD in midweek. Tomorrow, that new-found confidence will be tested and Firhouse could come up short. Verdict: Malahide.

CHERRY ORCHARD v GLEBE NORTH

The Orchard are sitting comfortably off the early pace-setters at the moment while Glebe are on a win one, lose one spin. Both have conceded as many as they scored and tomorrow should be more of the same. Verdict: Draw.

UCD v TOLKA ROVERS

League leaders Tolka will be in flying form when they hit Belfield tomorrow. UCD suffered defeat by Malahide in midweek and they could face another lost against an impressive Tolka. Verdict: Tolka.

CRUMLIN UNITED v ST PAT'S CY

The last place that CY need to go hunting for points was away to the champions. CY are bottom, but they do have a sting lurking in their tail and don't deserve to be written off. Crumlin, though, should manage another win. Verdict: Crumlin.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v PHOENIX

Both sides are on a bit of downer in recent weeks and looking for reasons to be cheerful. The Celts have not settled into the season and the Nix could halt their recent run of league defeats tomorrow. Verdict: Phoenix

THE Republic of Ireland Juniors beat the Isle of Man at Janesboro, cantering to a 5-0 win yesterday. A point off Northern Ireland today would guarantee the FAI Juniors, the Umbro Quadrangular title having already beaten Scotland 3-0.


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