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The first major trophy of the Senior Division season is up for grabs tomorrow afternoon at Coldcut as top flight rivals Crumlin United and Dublin Bus clash in the Cahill Cup final (4pm).

For the Bus this is their one and only shot at claiming a bit of silverware, while Crumlin will be hoping that the Cahill Cup will be the first trophy in their amazing 'drive for five'.

The next month is going to be huge for Crumlin. After tomorrow's outing they will play a midweek league game followed by the FAI Intermediate Cup final tomorrow week. Then, over the coming weeks, Martin Loughran's side will feature in a Ryan Cup final, an EBS Metropolitan Cup semi-final and possible final, the FAI Senior Cup and, of course, they will be looking to put the finishing touches to re-claiming the Senior Division crown.

The workload is heavy for Crumlin, but Loughran has assembled a squad that is as rich in numbers as it is in talent. On Tuesday, United warmed up with yet another victory as they managed to pull seven points clear at the top of the Senior Division table with a narrow 2-1 win over bottom of the table Belgrove.

As for the Bus, they have blown hot and cold this season. They are still trying to secure their Senior Division status after an inconsistent campaign left them hovering just above the drop zone.

In this cup, though, they have showed their true capabilities as they defeated Metro Cup holders Firhouse, Cahill Cup holders Cherry Orchard and then current Senior Division champions Bangor Celtic. A win tomorrow against the Inter Cup holders will ensure a full house of defeated champions for Graham Cassin's men.

As an aside to the final itself, Crumlin will dispense of their traditional blue jerseys in favour of a fetching pink strip. This is all in aid of cancer research, and the LSL has decided to row in behind the club by passing on a percentage of the gate receipts.

The Road to Coldcut

CRUMLIN UNITED: Martin Loughran's side travelled to Division 1 side TEK United in the first round, and the Blues didn't have it all their own way on the tight confines of Stradbrook, only shading the tie by the odd goal in three. Mount Merrion were next up and they were put away by a single-goal victory before Wayside Celtic were duly dispatched by three goals to one in the last eight. The semi-final was another epic battle with Bluebell United, and Crumlin managed to book a place in the final by three goals to one.

DUBLIN BUS: The Bus have managed to defeat the Metro holders, the Cahill Cup holders and the LSL Senior Division holders en route to the final, tomorrow all that remain are FAI Intermediate Cup holders Crumlin.

The Bus managed to get a little bit of revenge in the first round as they got the better of Firhouse Clover, the side that defeated them in last season's Metro Final, by the odd goal in five.

Graham Cassin's side impressed in the second round as they side-stepped a potential shock against Newtown Rangers, running out winners by four goals to one. The holders, Cherry Orchard, were sent packing in the last eight thanks to a Phillip Sheppard hat-trick, and the lethal striker netted the only goal of their semi-final win against LSL champions Bangor Celtic.