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Crumlin set to be caught on summit

Three clubs have the chance to knock league leaders Crumlin United off their lofty perch this weekend as the Senior Division title race continues to baffle and bewilder.

With a third of the season gone, there is still no indication of who is going to grab control of this wide-open championship with only six points separating the top six. Fourth-place St Pat's CY are first up and they can join United at the summit if they can get the better of Phoenix tonight, while Cherry Orchard or Bluebell United can return to the top by tomorrow afternoon.

The Bell travel to Mount Merrion knowing that victory will see them jump above Crumlin by a point while the Orchard welcome Bangor Celtic to Elm Dale looking for a similar story to play out.



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United come face-to-face with old boss James Keddy and former players Glen Keddy and Ciaran Quinn, as Merrion look to impede the Bell's return to the top of the table.

Keddy, along with his two signings, helped the Red Cow club end their trophy drought last season when they landed the EBS Metropolitan Cup.

The Bell gig was Keddy's first in LSL management, but both parties went their separate ways shortly after that Metro success against Arklow Town.

Andy Noonan took over the United hot seat while Keddy returned to the league and took up his position at Mount Merrion several games into the season.

The much-travelled League of Ireland man wasted no time in snapping up two of his former generals in Quinn and Keddy, who had both moved to Bangor Celtic in the close season.

Now the trio will aim to put the brakes on the Bell, but more importantly they will be looking to improve Merrion's perilous position at the wrong end of the table.

SENIOR DIVISION

ST PATS CY v PHOENIX (Tonight)

This is an intriguing clash of the league's top goal-scorers, St Pat's, against the league's second tightest defence in Phoenix. The Nix to subdue the Ringsend hit men and take a point. Verdict: Draw.

MOUNT MERRION v BLUEBELL UNITED

This won't be easy for the Bell and Andy Noonan's side will need to be at their best. The clinical guile of Gerry Bambrick and Trevor Molloy, though, could be key. Verdict: Away Win.

CHERRY ORCHARD v BANGOR CELTIC

The Orchard will be odds-on. Bangor returned to losing ways last weekend when Glebe knocked four by them. It could be more of the same tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win.

WAYSIDE CELTIC v BELGROVE

Peter Lennon's side will be looking to play their way out of their current slump but they will need to wait another week as the Grove nick a point. Verdict: Draw.

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v ARKLOW TOWN

Town shipped five goals last weekend and their will be no respite for them in Tallaght tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win.