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'Bell eye revenge over foes Crumlin

They may have their title ambitions on hold this weekend, but that will not dampen the ferocity when Bluebell United and Crumlin United collide in the Cahill Cup tomorrow morning.

This will be Crumlin's third visit to the Red Cow this season and the champions have been left with contrasting emotions from their previous outings.

Crumlin nicked a slender 1-0 victory in the Leinster Senior Cup, but on their last visit Martin Loughran's side came off on the wrong end of a 3-1 league defeat just after the Christmas break.

Loughran's side has since recovered from that defeat to get their league season back on track. The Blues sit in second place behind Tolka Rovers, ahead of Bluebell on goal difference and with two games in hand.

With a league title still in focus this clash may not be the highest item on the agenda, but these two don't need much persuasion to stoke up their intense rivalry. For the Blues, this is a big chance to put a few things right from that cold day in January.

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The 'Bell suffered a surprise defeat away to Dublin Bus in the Herald Metropolitan Cup last week, but a clash against rivals Crumlin will get the mind refocused. These two always manage to light the fuse under the fireworks and tomorrow will be more of the same. It will be tight, but the 'Bell to edge it. Verdict: Home Win.


Wayside have won their last four league games to all but wipe out any lingering relegation doubts. They will enter this one with the pressure valve released, but Drums will be a handful.

The visitors are well placed for promotion to the top flight and may catch out the hosts. Verdict: Away Win.


Bus had a brilliant win over Bluebell last weekend to advance in the Metro and they will need to be at their best again to get by Killester.

United are hunting down promotion and on their home patch they should advance. Verdict: Home Win.