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Bell look to extend lead by cutting up Orchard

The Senior Division campaign may still be in its infancy but the title chase is already warming and tomorrow the top two, Bluebell United and Cherry Orchard, will aim to turn the heat up.

The 'Bell took over at the summit last weekend as they jumped above the Orchard following a 2-0 win over Belgrove at the Red Cow. Coupled with the Orchard's first defeat of the season against Mount Merrion, Andy Noonan's side went a point ahead at the top.

It's been a steady start for Noonan. After an opening day draw against Glebe, the Metropolitan Cup winners have strung together a four-game winning streak.


Tomorrow they can pull further ahead of the Orchard, but taking anything away from Elm Dale is a tough ask.

The Orchard screamed out of the blocks in the first few weeks, notching up four wins from their first four games as they marked their return to the top flight in style. Last weekend they travelled to a Mount Merrion side that hadn't impressed in their two opening games and the Ballyfermot giants were expected to yield yet another three points.

Instead, the Orchard were handed a timely reminder of the rigours and pitfalls that lie within the confines of this division as Merrion duly condemned Paul Doyle's side to their first defeat of the season. Still, the Orchard will have had no time to feel sorry for themselves as they face their old enemy tomorrow.

These pair have had some ding-dong encounters over the years and with top spot up for grabs tomorrow, expect these two giants to rekindle some of that old fire and passion.


ST PAT'S CY v TOLKA ROVERS (Tonight 7pm)

Rovers are still seeking their first win after posting up three draws and a defeat in their opening four games. The draws came at home while Tolka's only away day resulted in defeat. Rovers have a talented squad, though, and should start posting the wins sooner rather than later. The Saints won their first three games of the season, but were handed a rude awakening against Glebe a couple of weeks ago. Last week, though, they bounced back against Mount Merrion and with confidence restored John Young's side should make it win number four. Verdict: Home Win.


Bangor claimed their first win of the season after five attempts when they got the better of rock bottom Arklow Town by two goals to one last week, a win that comes as a big relief for the Celts. Clover picked up their first point last week thanks to a draw against Tolka and another equal sharing of the points is the likely outcome tomorrow. Verdict: Draw.


Both sides have shown decent early season form to set the pace at the top of the table. Tomorrow will be a tough encounter and it's hard to see a winner emerging as both sides cancel each other out. A point apiece. Verdict: Draw.