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'bell to edge battle of the familiar foes

If that old adage of familiarity breeding contempt is true then Bluebell United and Belgrove can be forgiven if they are sick of the sight of each by the end of this month.

With a Cahill Cup clash tomorrow following on quickly from last weekend's FAI Intermediate Cup clash, and a replay in the latter on the horizon, the players of both squads will be well acquainted come the middle of February.

The managers though, Rocky O'Brien of Belgrove and Liam Reilly of United, will have no need to get further acquainted as they both know each other extremely well. As a pairing O'Brien and Reilly landed the Cahill Cup for Bangor Celtic back in 2006, but since going their separate ways have not managed to land a trophy.

Both have come close and continue to move in the right direction back to the winner's enclosure, but for one of these pair tomorrow the journey down the path to Cahill Cup glory will end.

Last weekend's nil-all draw in Whitehall will neither boost nor deflate either side and home advantage is hardly a factor when two Senior Division sides rumble. The 'Bell, due to their form this season, will start as favourites but the 'Grove are well able to scrap it out as they proved last week.

Elsewhere, Crumlin United can extend their lead at the top of the Senior Division, while Bangor Celtic take on Tullamore in the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup.

CAHILL CUP 2nd Round

WAYSIDE CELTIC v NEWBRIDGE TOWN

Wayside Celtic will be looking to get back to winning ways following last weekend's shock exit from the FAI Intermediate Cup to Dublin Bus. Town lie in the firing line tomorrow and the Celts will look to pick them off in a bid to get the confidence flowing again and book a place in the quarter finals against Crumlin United. Verdict: Home Win.

CHERRY ORCHARD v GLENMORE DUNDRUM

This pair had some battles over the years when the Glens were up in the top flight, but those days are long since gone and the Cherries should have no trouble taking a step closer to retaining their title. Dublin Bus await the winners in the last eight. Verdict: Home Win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v BELGROVE

There won't be too much in this one, but expect the 'Bell to advance and lay down a marker for the last 16 Intermediate Cup replay. Verdict: Home Win

NOEL RYAN CUP 1st Round.

TOLKA ROVERS v ARKLOW TOWN

Tolka have hit something of a purple patch in the last week. First they dismantled the Inter Cup hopes of Cherry Orchard in Ballyfermot by three goals to nil, and last Wednesday night they repeated the dose against St Kevin's Boys in the Leinster Senior Cup. Tomorrow they face a Town side that are running away with the Division 1 title race, but the home side should continue their current good run of form.

Verdict: Home Win.


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