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Bluebell set to tie up Tolka

Tolka Rovers aim to return to the summit of the LSL Senior Division tomorrow morning, but first they have to get by a Bluebell United side entertaining title ambitions of their own.

Rovers enter this clash in buoyant mood after sealing a place in the last four of the FAI Intermediate Cup last weekend, even if they had to do it the hard way against a spirited St Mochta's.

While Paul Doyle's side was coming from two goals down against a Glen Crowe-inspired Saints, both Crumlin and Bluebell were tagging three points to their league tally and in turn dragging Rovers off the summit.

A draw will elevate Rovers back to the top. It will give the Cooke Park side the slightest of advantages over the champions, while Bluebell, who have played two more games than their rivals, know that victory will keep them in the title frame.

This will be a battle of contrasting styles. Bluebell are a powerful unit, brash and robust, while Tolka rely on their nimble, pass-and-move game that has torn sides apart all season.

At this stage of the campaign, though, it is points that matter and both managers know that their ambitions can fail at the slightest turn.



Bluebell continue to prove that this isn't a two-horse title race. The 'Bell have hung in over the last few weeks and can go top with a win. United are on a 13-game unbeaten league run and have lost fewer games than Tolka, although five drawn matches could come back to haunt them. Tomorrow, Bluebell will rack up draw number six. Verdict: Draw.


UCD look to keep their positive run going when they take on a shell-shocked Phoenix side. The Nix took an unexpected hiding off Malahide United last week and boss Jason Kelly hopes that it was just a blip. Out of the title race, but safe from any relegation worries, motivation could be an issue. UCD will hope that the visitors are as lacklustre this week as the Belfield side continue their crawl away from the drop zone. Verdict: UCD.


Hearts, along with Leixlip United, have been tailed off at the basement of the table and defeat against Celtic will be another downward step towards the inevitable. Wayside are only three points away from that third and final relegation spot, so the three points are essential to Peter Lennon's side. Verdict: Wayside Celtic.