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Merrion look easy prey for deadly Tolka

Tolka Rovers will bring their shooting boots to Ringsend tomorrow afternoon as the Northsiders cross the river looking to make it three wins in the space of seven days.

Rovers have managed to hit 11 goals in two league games already this week.

And next in the firing line for the Frank Cooke Park side are James Keddy's struggling Mount Merrion.

Last weekend, Wayside were on the wrong end of a Tolka thumping as Jason Kelly's outfit cracked five by Peter Lennon's bewildered champions, bringing a halt to Celtic's fine run of four wins on the bounce.

Bottom of the table Newbridge Town arrived in Cooke Park on Wednesday evening having picked up only five points from their dozen games so far this term.

It was no surprise that they were duly dispatched but the manner in which Tolka crushed them, hitting a half dozen goals, will have a few clubs looking over their shoulders.

The win over the Kildare side helped Tolka climb out of the bottom half of the table and up into fifth place, 10 points off leaders Bluebell United with a game in hand.

Having only grabbed a point in their first five games, Rovers have now turned their season around.

They will be favourites to keep that run going tomorrow.

SENIOR DIVISION

BANGOR CELTIC v ARKLOW TOWN

Town will be glad to be away from their home patch, having won all their points on the road, but they come up against a Bangor side itching to add another win to their tally. Celtic are a little too far off the pace at the top for their liking and will want to end the year with some positive results.

Verdict: Home win

CHERRY ORCHARD v FIRHOUSE/CLOVER

Having led the race in the opening weeks, the Orchard have slipped back to seventh after losing five out of their last seven games. Clover were up and down over the past few weeks, but tomorrow they could be on the rise. Verdict: Away win

BLUEBELL UNITED v NEWBRIDGE TOWN

After shipping six goals in midweek, Town will be in no humour to travel to the champions tomorrow. United are on a brilliant run of form at the moment, winning five in a row, and it is hard to see anything other than a comfortable home win. Verdict: Home win

MOUNT MERRION v TOLKA ROVERS

After five defeats on the bounce and only one win all season, Mount Merrion have it all to do tomorrow against a Rovers side firing on all cylinders. Tolka have already defeated Merrion this term and they should complete the double tomorrow. Verdict: Away win


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