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Friday 15 December 2017

Crumlin to do it for Noel

These are busy times for Senior Division leaders Crumlin United, as Martin Loughran's side face into a season defining six days as they look to keep the 'drive for five' steamrolling on.

The games are coming thick, fast and intense as United chase five trophies. Tomorrow, Crumlin head to Tallaght to take on Firhouse Clover, a side that has started to upset some of the Senior Division hierarchy by picking up 10 points out of the last 12.

There was no rest for United in midweek, either, as on Thursday night just gone Crumlin took on Phoenix in the EBS Metropolitan Cup and came through by four goals to two after extra-time to book a spot in the third round.

This coming St Patrick's Day Crumlin and Bluebell United will clash in what is expected to be an explosive FAI Intermediate Cup replay following a red-hot first game at the Red Cow last weekend where the red cards outscored the goals tally.

Sandwiched in between those two massive games, though, is tomorrow's clash with Firhouse. The Noel Ryan Cup means more to Martin Loughran's side than the rest of the clubs in the competition. This cup was put forward by Crumlin to honour Noel Ryan, a founder member of the southside club who instigated United's move into senior football. So, while the other trophies in the drive for five are business, this one is personal.

NOEL RYAN CUP Quarter-Final

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v CRUMLIN UNITED

At the turn of the year Firhouse looked dead and buried in the league, but three wins and draw in their past four outings has helped the Tallaght side breathe new life into their season. This competition, though, is special to Crumlin, so expect the visitors to move up a gear and take victory.

Verdict: Away Win.

EBS METROPOLITAN CUP SECOnd Rd

BANGOR CELTIC v NEWBRIDGE TOWN

LSL champions Bangor Celtic will not have it all their own way tomorrow morning against a Town side going well in Senior Division 1. Still, the Celts are a formidable outfit and, despite any resistance that Town muster, the home side will advance. Verdict: Home Win.

LIFFEYS PEARSE v WAYSIDE CELTIC

These two have already played each other twice this season with Liffeys claiming four points out of six that were available. Cup football, though, is a different animal and Wayside will be glad of the distraction from their league woes. The visitors came through a tough outing on Tuesday night against Tolka, winning by two goals to nil to advance in the Ryan Cup. Liffeys, though, will exploit home advantage and Celtic's brittle confidence as they advance to the last eight.

Verdict: Home Win.

SENIOR DIVISION

DUBLIN BUS v PHOENIX

The Bus will be looking to put their Intermediate Cup exit behind tomorrow when they go looking to yield some vital points against Phoenix. The 'Nix could also do with a win, but the Bus will bounce back.

Verdict: Home Win.

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