Crumlin coming home to rule the roost
Crumlin United and Killester United will clash for the second time in a week as two of the biggest names in Dublin football look to add their name to the FAI Intermediate Cup quarter-final line-up.
Last weekend this pair came together at Haddon Park in part one of this instalment, but a goal drought on a rain-sodden pitch ensured that the action is now switched to Armagh Road for a winner-takes-all sequel.
While three leagues separate this pair, there was little to choose between them after 90 minutes of absorbing cup football. The tie was lacking in the expected overflow of craft, guile and goals, as work-rate, discipline and a sticky surface scrubbed away the more subtle elements of the contest.
Chances were at a premium in a cagey first half but as the game wore on it was Crumlin that started to dominate as Killester's early intensity began to wane.
Despite their tiring legs, the northside outfit coped well with the late pressure that was applied by the Blues. That defensive performance will have pleased Killester boss Joey Graydon and the fact that he watched his side create some decent chances will ensure they travel across the Liffey with plenty of confidence of causing an upset.
FAI Intermediate Cup 4th round replay
CRUMLIN UNITED v KILLESTER UNITED
The safety net of a replay is gone, it's do-or-die tomorrow and the first to blink will be out of the Inter Cup. Crumlin drew a blank last week but the Blues still have plenty of bullets left in the chamber. Last week, Darren Meade, Peter Sherlock and Alan McGreal all warmed the bench while the likes of James Lee, Ger Rowe and Martin Cramer only came alive late in the game as the Killester legs ran out of fuel. If those gaps appear again you can expect one of Crumlin's list match winners to take full advantage. Verdict: Crumlin United.
ST PAT'S CY v BANGOR CELTIC (Tonight 7pm)
While Bangor sit just above the relegation scrapheap they still have enough about them to provide the Saints with a stern test. The home side needs a win to keep their title dreams alive and they should do enough against a stubborn Celtic. Verdict: St Pat's CY.
MOUNT MERRION v NEWBRIDGE TOWN
It may only be February, but this is a real relegation six-pointer as the bottom of the table Town take on second-from-the-bottom Merrion. The home side is on the back of a three-game winning streak and with Arklow and Belgrove not in league action; a win for James Keddy's side will see them climb to fourth from the bottom. That should be enough motivation for them to keep the streak going. Verdict: Mount Merrion
CHERRY ORCHARD v GLEBE NORTH
The Orchard will be reeling from their five goals to one drubbing last weekend and they will have Glebe in their crosshairs for the backlash. The Balbriggan side has already defeated the Orchard this season, but expect the Ballyfermot giants to exact a bit of revenge tomorrow. Verdict: Cherry Orchard