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Rivals seek a favour as Celts travel to Bluebell

Bangor Celtic could do local rivals Crumlin United a big favour tomorrow at the Red Cow as the Celts look to throw a speed bump in front of Bluebell United's seven-game unbeaten run.

Crumlin jumped to the top of the table last weekend, but the 'Bell managed to stay in touch with a 2-1 victory over Malahide United.

The win over Malahide helped Andy Noonan's outfit stretch their unbeaten run to seven, a run that has included three wins on the trot.

The three points proved vital as United moved level on points with the champions with only goal difference separating the two.

With Mount Merrion faltering, it is the 'Bell and Crumlin that have stolen a march on the rest and have managed to open up daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

So, while Bangor may do Crumlin a big favour by beating Bluebell, they will also help the rest of division stay in touch with at least one of the main title hopefuls.

SENIOR DIVISION

ARKLOW TOWN v MOUNT MERRION (Tonight)

Merrion are looking to get back on track against winless Arklow tonight. The Southsiders slipped off the top spot after defeat by Crumlin last week, their third reverse in four games.

Town picked up their first point of the season last week, but James Keddy's side should bounce back to keep on the heels of the leaders. Verdict: Away Win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v BANGOR CELTIC

Bangor have been more substance over style this season, more stubborn than silky. Four draws, three wins and two defeats points to some patchy form, but on their day Bangor can match any one in the league.

The 'Bell, though, are in flying form and have the players to unlock the Celtic defence. Verdict: Home Win.

CHERRY ORCHARD v WAYSIDE CELTIC

Wayside handed Firhouse Clover an eight-goal spanking last weekend as Peter Lennon's side bounced back after defeat by Crumlin United. The Orchard, though, will present a tougher challenge for the Celts and a stalemate looks the most likely outcome. Verdict: Draw.


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