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Thursday 23 November 2017

Crumlin can edge blood and guts duel with Bangor

Any hope of Bangor Celtic and Crumlin United easing their way into the second half of the season will go out the window tomorrow morning as these two local foes lock horns again.

Bangor may be on home turf but that will matter little when these two square up and, while there is a vital three Senior Division points on offer, this one will have the vibe of a cup final.

This pair have become well accustomed to each other over the past few seasons, but that familiarity hasn't dampened the passion play that they manage to conjure up every time the meet.

The need for points on both sides is huge, but for very different reasons. Bangor managed to drag themselves up out of the bottom six last week with a brilliant victory away to Tolka Rovers and John Scott will be hoping that his side can kick on and push up the table.

The win at Rovers was Bangor's third on the road this term, one more than they have managed at home. Coupled with the fact that Scott's side have lost more games at their Whitehall Road venue than away from it, it is easy to see why the Celts have had few home comforts.

United missed out on the chance to go level on points with leaders Bluebell United last weekend when they were held to a draw by strugglers Arklow Town.

Crumlin rarely let chances like that slip from their hands and Martin Loughran will look for his troops to be more clinical tomorrow against their neighbours.

SENIOR DIVISION

BANGOR CELTIC v CRUMLIN UNITED

These two played out a 0-0 draw at the start of the season. Expect the nets to be in use tomorrow, but not too often, and Crumlin to shade it by the odd goal. Verdict: Away win.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v GLEBE NORTH

Glebe produced the great escape last weekend when they netted two late goals to nick the three points off a luckless Mount Merrion. Wayside's downward streak continued when they lost out to St Pat's CY, but the old spark is still flickering in the champions and they could well stop the rot tomorrow. Verdict: Home win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v MOUNT MERRION

Top versus bottom tomorrow at the Red Cow as James Keddy brings his struggling Merrion side to summit dwellers Bluebell. Keddy, along with several of his squad, make the return to the club that they landed the Metropolitan Cup with last season. There should be plenty of bite in this one and if Merrion can cut out the sleepy defending that cost them so dearly last weekend against Glebe, they might cause a shock and grab a draw. Verdict: Draw.

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