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Sunday 19 August 2018

Celts have beating of Merri' men

They have slipped into top spot in the Senior Division almost unnoticed, and Wayside Celtic's elevation to the summit will sound alarm bells in the ears of the other title chasers.

Having completed the first half of the season without suffering a single defeat, Celtic are now in pole position and should hammer home their advantage when they take on struggling Mount Merrion at Jackson Park.

While the former top two of Bluebell United and Tolka Rovers were caught up in their FAI Intermediate saga, Wayside took full advantage when they defeated Glebe North to leapfrog into the top spot.

That win against Glebe was Wayside's sixth of the season and alongside their five draws out of 11 games Peter Lennon's side is now protecting the only unbeaten record in the top flight.

The Celts will be expected to make it win number seven tomorrow against a Mount Merrion side that have lost their two league games since the turn of the year.

Merrion produced a mini revival in November when claiming 10 from 12 points, but have now returned to their early season poor form.

With only four points separating the top seven places, this title race is one of the most open in years.

SENIOR DIVISION

CRUMLIN UNITED v NEWBRIDGE TOWN

A 3-0 midweek win over Dublin Bus brought the champions to within four points of Wayside Celtic at the top. That win over the Bus was Crumlin's second in the league since the turn of the year as Martin Loughran's champions crank up their title defence. Town arrested an eight-game winless streak last week against Arklow Town, but expect United to continue their winning run. Verdict: Home Win.

DUBLIN BUS v PHOENIX

The Bus' defeat to Crumlin on Wednesday was their fourth in a row and that run of results has left them rooted to the bottom. The Nix haven't started the year in the best of form and missed an opportunity to go joint top on Wednesday when drawing with Arklow. Tomorrow should see the Northsiders get back on track. Verdict: Away Win.

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v BANGOR CELTIC

Bangor look in great nick to unleash a title charge as they are just four points off the pace and have a couple of games in hand. The Celts have won their last four games and should make that five tomorrow against Firhouse. Verdict: Away Win.

TOLKA ROVERS v DROGHEDA TOWN

Rovers have yet to play in the league since the start of the year, but are still just one point off the top of the table. Rovers will be looking to pick themselves up after last week's Intermediate Cup defeat to Bluebell and they should get that boost against a Drogheda side with only one win all term. Verdict: Home Win.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v MOUNT MERRION

The Celts will be firm favourites to take the points and if the Jackson Park side keep their eye on the job at hand they should take the win. Verdict: Home Win.

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