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Heat is on as top two fight to the death

Despite only a couple of games remaining, the destination of the Senior Division title is still unknown as Crumlin United and Cherry Orchard continue to trade blows right up to the final weekend.

A whole season could be decided inside 90 minutes as the top two enter battle again. Leaders Crumlin United travel the short distance to the Red Cow to take on Bluebell United while Tolka Rovers will be guests of second-place Cherry Orchard.

As it stands, Crumlin lead the way by three points, have the better goal difference by virtue of a single goal and have one game to play. The Orchard, though, have that vital game in hand.

The title will be decided tomorrow if Crumlin win at the Red Cow and the Orchard fail to pick up all three points. The Orchard, though, can win the title if they win and Crumlin lose, regardless of the margin.

If both sides match each other's results, the title chase will shift to the Cherry Orchard's last game against Firhouse Clover. Any mistake could prove fatal.

SENIOR DIVISION

BLUEBELL UNITED v CRUMLIN UNITED

Much will depend on Bluebell's reaction to their Inter Cup final defeat last Sunday. The 'Bell have nothing to play for, but with several ex-Crumlin lads in their set up, Andy Noonan's side will not roll over. Crumlin showed all their battling qualities last weekend as they came from three goals down against Cherry Orchard to grab a draw. Tomorrow will be another fiery encounter as the Blues end their season against one of their biggest rivals. Verdict: Draw.

CHERRY ORCHARD v TOLKA ROVERS

Tolka will be relaxed and that could be a problem for the Orchard, who will be feeling the heat. The Orchard let a three-goal advantage slip against Crumlin and they can ill afford another slip-up. If the Orchard can get on top early then Rovers will fold. Verdict: Cherry Orchard.

CAHILL CUP SEMI-FINALS

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v BANGOR CELTIC

Last season's winners Bangor will be keen to hold on to their title and they should pick apart the battle-weary Tallaght men. Verdict: Bangor.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v GLEBE NORTH

Wayside will start as favourites and should finish the day with a berth in the Cahill Cup final. Glebe will make it tough for Peter Lennon's side, but Celtic have been down this road before and their experience will tell in the end. Verdict: Wayside.


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