LSL Division 1
The first fixture this season between the sides takes place on Sunday, with the league leaders making our shortest trip in football to the Grove road. Brian McCarthy's side are top of the league and playing the best football ever produced in the long illustrious history of St Mochta's Football club. The Saints had a terrific 3-2 win at home against Belgrove/Home Farm with goals from Stephen Deegan and David Somers with another brace. Lee Dixon was introduced on Sunday as a second half substitute. It was a tough introduction for him but we all have seen enough to see what a talented player he is. The Saints have plenty of options with a big squad and the management have it spot on since the start of the season. Saints manager Brian McCarthy " We are really looking forward to the game, it's the local derby and it will be very tough, the lads are playing some excellent football, but we have also dug out some great results this season, which is also very pleasing."
Verona are seventh in league and they will be looking for a big improvement on their home form. They have notched up some good away wins and if their home form improves they will leap up the league table. They have some excellent players and match winners in their side.
Both sides know each other so well and know what this game means to both clubs. The reality is when the first whistle goes it's really just another game and when it settles down it should be a very entertaining game of football. Top players relish these games and the Saints have them in abundance. It will be tough, nervy, exciting and very very interesting. It's one not to be missed.
Senior Secretary Vinny Nulty
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