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Broadford in Bell's way to semi-finals

Bluebell United's quest for a league and cup double intensifies tomorrow at the Red Cow when they take on Senior Division 1 strugglers Broadford Rovers in the quarter-final of the EBS Metropolitan Cup.

Aside from their title charge, this is the 'Bell's last chance for some knockout glory, but James Keddy's side will enter into the tie in confident mood after they re-established their supremacy at the top of the Senior Division table in recent weeks.

Last weekend United took the full compliment of points against Dublin Bus to edge ahead and put a little bit of daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

Then, last Wednesday night, the 'Bell struck what could turn out to be the decisive blow in their challenge for the title when they took on and defeated nearest rivals Wayside Celtic.

Coupled with the win over Wayside, the 'Bell received further good news on Wednesday when Tolka Rovers, third in the league, fell to defeat against current champions, Crumlin United.

The two results left Bluebell nine points ahead of Wayside and Bangor while Tolka slipped back to fourth in the chase.

The three chasers have a couple of games in hand on the 'Bell, but at this stage of the season points on the board is the only worthwhile currency.

Broadford have become something of unnecessary distraction for the 'Bell's title challenge, but the visitors bring in a decent run of form into this tie. Rovers, who are third from bottom in Division 1, have managed to win three out of their last four games to keep just above the drop zone.

EBS Metropolitan Cup Q-Final


A bye in the first round followed by a 2-0 victory over TEK United has landed Rovers with their toughest assignment of the season. The Division 1 side has hit a decent run of results in the last few weeks and as rank outsiders they have nothing to lose tomorrow. The 'Bell are in the hunt for a league and cup double and they will be well aware not to let this one slip.