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Crumlin to draw comfort from rivals' clash

Bangor Celtic and Mount Merrion could derail each other's title hopes when they collide tomorrow in the first weekend back after the break.

Leaders Crumlin United could be the main benefactors when second- placed Celtic take on James Keddy's third-placed Merrion in the opening shots of the season's second act.

Despite having no game this weekend the leaders, who are nine points ahead, can watch as the chasing pack unleash a few self-inflicted wounds.

The Celts can take a three-point chunk out of United's lead and narrow the gap to a more catchable six points if they manage to notch their third home win of the campaign.

Merrion are 10 behind and a win tomorrow with a game in hand means the Ringsend-based outfit could slice the lead down to four.

Plenty to play for, plenty at stake and the Christmas trees have yet to come down. The second half of the season gets underway with a bang.

SENIOR DIVISION

BANGER CELTIC v MOUNT MERRION

First meeting of the season for these pair and it could prove critical to their title hopes. A draw will only make Crumlin happy and as both teams get tangled up in the off-season cobwebs, a draw is on the cards. Verdict: Draw.