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Cup can be tonic as Celtic's league form falls by the Wayside

Wayside Celtic will seek some solace away from their Senior Division woes when they head into a Cahill Cup quarter-final against Crumlin United at Jackson Park tomorrow.

Celtic's poor league form has left the former champions lingering in the drop zone and thoughts of a first-ever relegation from the top flight has started to loom very large on the horizon.

While their league form, one win in seven outings, has left them up to their necks in the relegation mire, the Celts have had plenty of joy in knock-out action and Peter Lennon's side are still chasing silverware on three different fronts.

With the Cahill Cup, the Metro Cup and the Ryan Cup still on offer, there is every chance that this season could yet yield some glory for a club well used to the winner's enclosure, but that will mean very little if they can't secure their top-flight status.

The Celts have managed to net a dozen times, one less than their season total in the league, in their two games in this competition. CYM Terenure got a blast of the old Wayside when they were hit for eight, while Newbridge Town were dispatched by four goals to one to set up the Crumlin clash.

Crumlin got the better of TEK United in the first round, scrapping through by the odd goal in three, while Mount Merrion were sent packing in the last round (1-0).

Tomorrow, Crumlin bring their brilliant form to Jackson Park looking to add more misery to a side that defeated them in the EBS Metropolitan Cup final a couple of season's ago.

SENIOR DIVISION

BLUEBELL UNITED v MOUNT MERRION

Bluebell's league inactivity has let Crumlin steal 10 points clear but Liam Reilly's side can reel them in with a win tomorrow. Verdict: Home win.

CHERRY ORCHARD v FIRHOUSE CLOVER

Firhouse's recent form of three wins on the bounce and four victories in their last six games has dragged the Tallaght side off the bottom of the table. They should add another point to their tally tomorrow. Verdict: Draw.

EBS METROPOLITAN CUP 2nd Round

CELBRIDGE TOWN v MALAHIDE UNITED

United's Senior Division class should tell against a Celbridge side that has lost more than they won this season. Verdict: Away win.

CAHILL CUP Quarter-Final

WAYSIDE CELTIC v CRUMLIN UNITED

Crumlin are on a four-game winning streak and they throw that form into the mix with Celtic's miserable run. Verdict: Away win.


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