Friday 15 December 2017

Bell revenge mission could go either way

Bluebell United return to the venue of their only defeat this season when they take a trip back to Jackson Park to face Wayside Celtic in the first round of the Cahill Cup.

The 'Bell arrived at Jackson Park on the first day of the season with new boss James Keddy only five days in the job.

Sensing a weakness in the United camp the Celts went for the jugular and duly notched up their first three points.

United reacted to the defeat in the best way possible by going on a five-game winning streak that propelled the Red Cow club to the summit of the Senior Division, a place that they continue to occupy.

Bluebell are not the only side to impress as Wayside, unusually for them, have made a promising start to the campaign. Peter Lennon's troops have yet to taste defeat in their eight outings in the league, splitting their results evenly between wins and draws, and are only four points off the pace.

Another victory tomorrow will show that Wayside mean business in this campaign as they go in hunt of more glory. Inspired by their Ryan Cup victory last season, the Jackson Park club has the taste for more success. Bluebell, though, will be looking to put a halt to the Wayside march and in turn put the record straight for that opening day defeat.

This has the makings of an epic cup battle. Both sides are in brilliant form, the 'Bell booked their place in the second round of the Inter Cup last weekend, while Wayside dismantled high-flying Arklow Town 4-0, and whether it's another home win or a revenge mission complete for the 'Bell this one will live up to its billing as tie of the round.

CAHILL CUP 1st Round


It has been a while since the 'Bell stood in the winner's enclosure and James Keddy will be looking to rectify that situation this season. A win against a Wayside team in mean mood tomorrow will certainly raise the club's expectations.

Peter Lennon's side look on every game as winnable and they will fancy their chances of turning the 'Bell over for a second time. This will be close; it might even take extra time, but the Celts to sneak through.

Verdict: Home Win


Both of these suffered defeats in their last games. Merrion were dumped out of the Intermediate Cup last week at home by Shamrock Rovers while Belgrove suffered a 4-0 defeat against Glebe North midweek.

The 'Grove, though, have managed to do something that Merrion haven't this season -- win a game. With confidence low in the camp, Merrion will suffer their second cup exit on home turf in seven days.

Verdict: Away Win


This will be a tricky tie for Rovers. Postal's recent form in the league hasn't been good, they are winless in four games, but the sight of a Senior Division scalp arriving on Kiltipper Road will be enough to get the blood flowing in the Division 1 side.

Rovers, on the other hand, are doing well in the title hunt and once they keep their heads here they will advance.

Verdict: Away Win.


A visit to TEK United always has the potential for disaster for any top-flight club, but with the Stradbrook side's recent run of poor form -- they have lost four out of their last five league games and were knocked out of the Intermediate Cup last weekend -- the Celts will expect to advance with ease.

Verdict: Away Win.

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