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Bell have to keep up pace

A DOUBLE take at the end of year Senior Division table maybe needed as three surprise packages have gate-crashed the top four.

While Bluebell United were expected to be around the summit, the other three, Drumcondra, Killester United and Firhouse Clover, have come from left field and muscled their way into the title challenge.

Tomorrow third place Killester, in their first season in the top flight, take on fourth Firhouse, a side more acquainted with relegation battles than title charges.

The Tallaght side has produced enough great escapes over the past few seasons to make Houdini blush, but the return of Peter Flood as manager has transformed them from relegation sluggers to potential contenders.

Still, we are only at the halfway stage and Flood knows there is plenty of football to be played. For Firhouse, though, they could just get use to their new surroundings in penthouse suite of the Senior Division. It certainly beats being in the basement at this time of year.

SENIOR DIVISION

BLUEBELL UNITED v UCD

The Bell will be favourites for the title at this stage, but they have to keep pushing on from the chasing pack. Victories at home will be vital and they should add another win against College. Verdict: Home Win.

CRUMLIN UNITED v GREYSTONES

You might need a second glance at the table to comprehend Crumlin's current plight. United are second from bottom and anything less than a win will see them stay there until 2015. The Blues know that retaining the title is tough, but a relegation battle wasn't on the agenda. They have plenty of games in hand to get back in the race, but can't afford to lose any more ground. Verdict: Home Win.

KILLESTER UNITED v FIRHOUSE CLOVER

Two of the season's surprise packages look to finish the first term on a high. The difference here could lie in Killester's deadly strike force of David Lacey and Mick Keogh. Expect them to score, expect Killester to edge it. Verdict: Home Win.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v ST PATS CY

Both sides in need of a bit of Christmas cheer. Celtic fell back to losing ways last Sunday with a home defeat against Firhouse while injury ravaged CY haven't won in six. The Y need to stop the rot, but they may have to wait till next year. Verdict: Home Win.


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