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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Firhouse will continue to be model of consistency

With the Leinster Senior League intermediate panel on representative duty in Scotland this weekend, the Senior Division programme is pared down to just two games.

In Tallaght tomorrow morning, the recently resurgent Firhouse Clover face a Phoenix side looking to get their league campaign moving again, while at the Red Cow, Bluebell United will look to launch a late season surge for the league title against Malahide United.

Since the beginning of February Firhouse Clover have gone from relegation certainties to barging their way into mid-table with a string of fine results.



BURIED

The Tallaght side looked dead and buried after losing nine of their opening 13 games, but after five games undefeated in the league they have lifted themselves up out of the relegation mire.

In that five-game unbeaten streak they have defeated Wayside Celtic, Liffeys Pearse and Mount Merrion, and, while the winning streak was arrested by back-to-back draws in recent weeks, Firhouse are in a much healthier place than couple of months ago.

Clover will fancy their chances of taking the full quota of points on offer against a Phoenix side that has been dogged with inconsistency in their league campaign to date.

The Nix have lost their last three games on the bounce, have won only once in five league outings and their will be a worry within the camp that they will need to start finding a few points before they get sucked into the relegation battlefield. A defeat tomorrow and Phoenix will shuffle another step closer to the trap door.

SENIOR DIVISION

FIRHOUSE CLOVER v PHOENIX

The Nix will be looking over their shoulders at this stage and will be anxious to get some more points on the board. Clover are the form team and can go level with Phoenix when they manage the win in Tallaght.

Verdict: Home Win.

BLUEBELL UNITED v MALAHIDE UNITED

The Bell's challenge for the league title starts here as Liam Reilly's side look to move to within four points of the summit with a win over Malahide. The Red Cow club has won their last five league games and they will be aiming to put their disappointing Intermediate Cup exit out of their minds. With only 13 games played, Bluebell has half a league season still to play, though, and this backlog of games could hamper their title chances. Malahide still linger around the wrong end of the table and by the end of tomorrow their situation will not have improved.

Verdict: Home Win.

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