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Leixlip must triumph for survival bid

This season's Senior Division campaign is shaping up to be the most exciting ever and, with no mid-table safety net, most of the league is teetering on the edge of a relegation struggle.

At the moment, the top five are fighting it out for the title, leaving the rest of the league involved in one of the most expansive relegation battles in the history of the LSL top flight.

At least nine teams could be drawn into the battle for survival. Even clubs in lofty positions, such as Glebe North in sixth spot, are looking over their shoulder. There is no hiding place.

Two sides that are up to their eyes in the relegation battle are Sacred Heart and Leixlip United. The bottom pair face away days tomorrow and know that they are at risk of being cut adrift from the rest of the league.

Hearts are bottom on nine points, United just a point above them and four points from safety. Just above them are Cherry Orchard, who welcome United to Elm Dale tomorrow morning.

Sacred Heart have the unenviable task of taking on Bluebell United at the Red Cow. The 'Bell are on a six-game winning streak and, last Monday night, joined Tolka Rovers at the summit. Tomorrow could be a defining day for both.

SENIOR DIVISION

CRUMLIN UNITED v WAYSIDE CELTIC

Crumlin's title ambitions have taken something of a beating recently as the champions slipped down to fourth place after a five-game winless run. The Celts are still in the relegation mix and are looking for their first league goal since mid November. Both need the points, for very different reasons, but expect the champions to get back on track. Verdict: Home Win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v SACRED HEART

Hearts claimed a valuable point on Tuesday night against Malahide United, but the Tallaght side still sit on the bottom. The 'Bell are in flying form at the moment and it is hard to see anything other than a home win. Verdict: Home Win.

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v UCD

UCD can drag Firhouse back into the relegation mess with a victory in Tallaght tomorrow. A College win will see them leapfrog above Clover. Firhouse know that mid-table offers no safety, though, and they will be scrapping for every point. Verdict: Draw.

CHERRY ORCHARD v LEIXLIP UNITED

The Orchard arrested a nine-game winless streak last week with a brilliant win away to UCD. The result helped the Orchard close the gap on the teams around them and, tomorrow, another win could ease them out of the drop zone. Leixlip are in dire need of points, but could find themselves cut adrift after this clash. Verdict: Home Win.


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