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Ailing Arklow will leave the Red Cow feeling Blue'

The bottom three will spend another Sunday afternoon staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun.

Basement dwellers Belgrove take on current champions Wayside Celtic, Arklow Town travel to second-placed Bluebell United, while Newbridge Town face up to Intermediate Cup finalists Cherry Orchard in what will be an defining afternoon at the bottom.

Only two points separate Belgrove at the foot of the table and Mount Merrion who are currently fourth from bottom.

Merrion and Arklow have four games to save themselves, Belgrove one less, and Newbridge, two games in which to plot a rescue mission.

Tomorrow, Arklow return to the Red Cow, the scene of one of their rare wins this season. Town travelled to United in the EBS Metropolitan Cup just after Christmas, managed to rip up the form book and turned the holders over 2-1 in the shock of the first round.

That day, the Wicklow men showed the sort of courage and battling qualities they are going to need going into the final furlong of the season.

The likes of Irish international David O'Sullivan and midfield enforcer Willie Tyrrell are proof that Town have quality in their squad, even if results tell a different story, with the club managing just three wins in the league this season.

Bluebell have lost their last couple of games too, so Arklow could sense an opportunity to twist the knife.

SENIOR DIVISION

BELGROVE v WAYSIDE CELTIC

The 'Grove need points, but it is difficult to see Wayside accommodating them. Verdict: Home win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v ARKLOW TOWN

United are two points off top spot, while Town are clinging onto their top flight status. Verdict: Home win.

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v PHOENIX

Both are still in with a shout for some silverware on other fronts away from the league, and a share of the spoils won't do either any harm. Verdict: Draw.

CHERRY ORCHARD v NEWBRIDGE TOWN

The home side should plunge the Kildare men further into the mire. Verdict: Home win.


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