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celts can close in on crumlin

LSL champions Bangor Celtic can close the gap at the top of the Senior Division table to just one point tomorrow morning, providing they get the better of Mount Merrion in Rathfarnham.

The Celts are currently four points off the top of the table but, with leaders Crumlin United on FAI Intermediate Cup duty against Glenville, John Scott's side can turn up the title heat with victory against the out-of-sorts Merrion.

The Celts, who are chasing back-to-back titles, have been in blistering form in the league and are currently on a five-game winning streak. While form is temporary, class is permanent, and Bangor have shown they have plenty of class in the locker as they look to protect the only unbeaten run, they haven't lost in their dozen games this season, remaining in the division.

That run of five wins on the bounce has helped Bangor reel in their local rivals Crumlin at the summit of the division and, with a game in hand, John Scott's side will be looking to leapfrog their neighbours in the next few weeks.

However, Bangor have shown some chinks in their armour, and during the week they lost to Wayside Celtic, albeit on penalties, in the Noel Ryan Cup. Those midweek blues, though, will be expelled with victory tomorrow.

FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP 4th Round Replay

BLUEBELL UNITED v BELGROVE

Having thumped Belgrove in the Cahill Cup last weekend, Bluebell will be full of confidence for tomorrow's Inter Cup replay. Belgrove boss Rocky O'Brien will hope that complacency seeps into the heads of the United players, but if the 'Bell avoid any such traps then they should advance to the quarter-finals. Verdict: Home Win.

FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP 4th RD

GLENVILLE v CRUMLIN UNITED

The Glens will have it all to do tomorrow against the holders. Crumlin will not let Glenville's lowly league status cloud their judgement, and Martin Loughran's side should advance with a bit to spare. Verdict: Away Win.

SENIOR DIVISION

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v WAYSIDE CELTIC

A relegation six-pointer? Well, both are down the wrong part of the table and need to start putting the points on the board. The Celts have shown elements of their old selves in recent times, including victory over Bangor Celtic in midweek, and can leave Tallaght with a vital victory. Verdict: Away Win.

DUBLIN BUS v MALAHIDE UNITED

Another couple of sides needing points to keep their heads above the relegation waters. The Bus haven't managed a win in the league since September, but that should be rectified tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win.

CHERRY ORCHARD v TOLKA ROVERS

Rovers return to the scene of their recent Intermediate Cup success and the Northsiders will be looking for a repeat performance. The Orchard will not be ambushed this time, though, and they will be more than capable of grabbing a draw. Verdict: Draw.

BANGOR CELTIC v MOUNT MERRION

Bangor have a great chance to close the gap between themselves and Crumlin, so expect the champions to take full advantage. Merrion have been going in the wrong direction over the past few weeks and need to start putting the points on the board to avoid getting dragged into the relegation dogfight that is unfolding beneath. Unfortunately for Merrion, those points will not be forthcoming tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win.


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