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Crumlin need win to remain in title fight

Champions Crumlin United head to bitter rivals Bluebell United looking to blow away the festive cobwebs in what is set to be a sizzling start to 2014.

This will be a tasty new year opener for both sides, but it is Crumlin that will be anxious to get back on track following a dodgy end to 2013.

United suffered a blue Christmas as they failed to win any of their last three games of the year and found themselves flung out the exit door in the FAI Intermediate Cup.

Crumlin's poor run of form came after they had blazed a trail through the autumn months, winning seven league games on the bounce and netting 30 times in the process as they seized control of the Senior Division table.

Then along came the winter freeze. Two scoreless draws and a defeat to Cockhill in the Inter Cup. As the Blues wobbled, Tolka took advantage and shoved the champions out of the number one spot for Christmas.

Tomorrow, Crumlin, who are unbeaten in the league, can close the gap at the top to just one point and get their campaign rebooted.

SENIOR DIVISION

BLUEBELL UNITED V CRUMLIN UNITED

Victory for Bluebell will see them jump over Crumlin into second place, just three points off leaders Tolka.

The 'Bell have lost just once and are currently on the back of a seven game unbeaten run in the league, including four wins in their last four outings. This will be a tough battle with both sides having to settle for a point each. Verdict: Draw

UCD V GLEBE NORTH

Despite sitting in sixth position, Glebe are still not out of the relegation woods. Only seven points separate Liam Kelly's side from the drop zone, though a win tomorrow will help their cause. UCD are in the mix at the bottom and any point will be considered a good one from here on in. Verdict: Draw


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