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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Firhouse LOOK TO TURN CORNER

For the second year on the bounce, Firhouse Clover have had to withstand a tough start to the Senior Division season, but after five failed attempts they finally posted their first point of the season on Tuesday night.

The draw against Drogheda Town will provide the perfect boost for Firhouse as they get set to welcome current champions, Crumlin United, to Tallaght I.T. in the morning.

The Tallaght side shared four goals with Town at Hunky Dory Park during the week and that point was enough to elevate them off the bottom and in turn send Mount Merrion down for a spell in the basement spot. Gareth Peters and Brian Milee were on the mark for Firhouse on Tuesday while former Irish international Gary Kelly netted a brace to ensure a share of the points in a thrilling two all draw.

Firhouse's early season form is almost a mirror image of last season's campaign. Like last season they lost five out of their first six games. The turning point in last season's campaign arrived in early February when Firhouse defeated Liffeys Pearse and went on to yield 24 from a possible 30 points. That haul ensured they finished the season in the safe confines of mid-table as they brushed off the rigours of their early season struggles.

Firhouse will be hoping that Tuesday was the turning point in their campaign as they look to drag themselves up the table a lot earlier than they did last season. It is rare that you get a second chance to dig yourself out of the same hole in this league and Firhouse will be aware that they will need to start posting some points soon.

A couple of positive results, though, and they will be well up out of the mess at the bottom and those first five defeats will mean little once they have their heads above the murky, shark infested waters of the relegation zone.

SENIOR DIVISION

BANGOR CELTIC v ARKLOW TOWN

Arklow Town have impressed so far this season and Matt Britton's side currently occupy third spot in the league. The Wicklow men have picked up six points and have yet to concede a goal on their travels. Bangor have blown hot and cold so far in their four games. Wins over Mount Merrion and local rivals Crumlin United have been offset by a couple of defeats to leave them floating in mid-table. They will come up against Town side in confident mood, but on home soil Bangor should be more than capable of grabbing a point.

Verdict: Draw.

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v CRUMLIN UNITED

Firhouse picked up their first point of the season on Tuesday night, but they will find it hard to get any change out of Crumlin tomorrow. The champions are six points off the lead but with two games in hand Martin Loughran won't even be thinking about panic buttons, let alone pressing them. A win for the champions tomorrow will get them back on course.

Verdict: Away Win.

MOUNT MERRION v PHOENIX

The Nix have showed some decent early season form and with three wins and a draw from their four unbeaten games, they have every right to be in confident mood. The visitors will fancy their chances tomorrow in Ringsend against a home side still looking for their first points of the season. Mount Merrion to draw another blank tomorrow and the Nix to shift up a couple of places.

Verdict: Away Win.

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