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Celts continue showing the rest the Way

Table-toppers Wayside Celtic, will be aiming to keep their bright start ticking over tomorrow afternoon when they face Belgrove at Jackson Park as the new Senior Division season settles into its rhythm.

No one side has managed to exit the first salvo of games without a blemish on their records, but it is Wayside that has emerged as the early front-runners ahead of Crumlin United and Arklow Town.

The Celts have taken 10 of the 12 points available to them in their opening four games thanks to three wins and a draw.

Their latest victory came midweek when Peter Lennon's side defeated rock-bottom Firhouse Clover 2-0 to go three points clear at the summit.

After two home victories over Bluebell United and Bangor Celtic, Wayside were tugged back last Sunday when drawing 1-1 with Dublin Bus at Coldcut.

The Celts got back to winning ways midweek when they condemned Firhouse to their fourth defeat of the season.

Belgrove got their season off to the perfect start when they travelled to Kildare and picked up three points against Newbridge Town.

That early season optimism was quelled somewhat midweek when Rocky O'Brien's side lost out by the odd goal in three to northside rivals, Tolka Rovers.

The Grove can spark up the optimism again with a win tomorrow, but that is easier said than done.

SENIOR DIVISION

DROGHEDA T v DUBLIN BUS (Tonight 7.45)

A midweek defeat to Newbridge Town was another early set back for Drogheda and they can expect no favours from Dublin Bus. Town need to start getting points on the board before they get anchored in the wrong half of the table and they should do so tonight. Verdict: Home Win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v BANGOR CELTIC

Following on from their opening day defeat Celtic have responded in the best fashion possible with two excellent victories. The 'Bell have shared out their three results between a win, a draw and a defeat. These pair usually produce tight encounters and tomorrow will be no different. Verdict: Draw.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v BELGROVE

Wayside are the form side and while this is going to be a tough encounter for Peter Lennon's men they will shade it. Verdict: Home Win.

PHOENIX v FIRHOUSE CLOVER (Tonight 7.45)

The Nix will be more than hopeful of grabbing their second win of the season against a Firhouse side still to get off the mark after four games. Clover will be clinging on to the hope that they lost five out of their first six games last season and still managed to survive, but in this league you don't usually get two chances to dig yourself out of the same hole. Verdict: Home Win.

TOLKA ROVERS v MOUNT MERRION

After an opening day defeat to newly promoted Arklow Town, Tolka have managed to rebound off the ropes. Mount Merrion gave as good as they got last weekend against Bangor Celtic but still managed to lose out. They will provide Rovers with a tough test tomorrow and are more than capable of nicking a draw. Verdict: Draw.


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