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'Bell seeking a cushion in Bangor race

Bluebell United will be aiming to protect their four point cushion at the top of the Senior Division table tomorrow afternoon when they face Bangor Celtic at the Red Cow.

United's three goals to nil victory over Tolka Rovers at the same venue last weekend, coupled with Crumlin United's demise against Wayside Celtic by the same score, helped Andy Noonan's side put a bit of daylight between themselves and the rest of the pack.

Now, the 'Bell can consolidate their lead, and maybe even stretch it depending on results, against a Celtic side that is still looking for a bit of consistency.

The 'Bell will be well aware that there is only a month left before the Christmas shutdown and if they came to the halfway point with a nice cushion, it would set them up for big tilt at the title.

Celtic, though, will be no pushover, despite their form this season. Prior to their Intermediate Cup demise against Crumlin, Bangor had started to pick up a few decent results.

Those results helped the Celts drag themselves up out of the mire and last weekend John Scott's side managed another win when defeating Belgrove. The Bangor boss will be hoping that his side's defeat against Crumlin was just a speed bump on the road to recovery.

SENIOR DIVISION

BLUEBELL UNITED v BANGOR CELTIC

The 'Bell will be looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat to Wayside Celtic in the Leinster Senior Cup, but are on a hot streak in the league that has elevated them into a four-point lead. Bangor are starting to find a grip on this campaign, but the home side could be too slippery to hold onto tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win

BELGROVE v GLEBE NORTH

The Grove have kept their heads just above the choppy waters of the relegation zone, but they come up against a Glebe side fresh from victory last Wednesday night against another struggling side in Mount Merrion. Glebe's win over Merrion will have been a welcome result in Whitehall, but Liam Kelly's side will be in no mood to be so accommodating again. Verdict: Away Win

MOUNT MERRION v WAYSIDE CELTIC

The Celts have turned things around in recent weeks with three wins that will go a long way to dispelling any thoughts that the champions are a beaten docket. They travel to face Mount Merrion, themselves attempting to ride out a five-game winless streak. The Celts are the in-form side, so expect them to add another three points to the tally. Verdict: Away Win

CRUMLIN UNITED v CHERRY ORCHARD

United will look to bounce back from their first defeat in nine while the Orchard will hope to shake off a run that has yielded one win in five. Crumlin have lost just twice this season, one of those defeats coming against the Orchard. Revenge will be thick in the Crumlin air tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win


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