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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tarnished 'Bell set to tower over Arklow in cup

A repeat of last season's EBS Metropolitan Cup is the highlight of tomorrow's LSL action as Bluebell United welcome Arklow Town in the first round of the same competition.

It was Bluebell that walked away with the honours last May in Frank Cooke Park and if the Senior Division league table is to be trusted then the 'Bell, who currently lead the way, should be basking in yet another victory.

Cup ties, though, have a tendency to make league tables look like a stack of lies and Arklow will be hoping that they can park their league form -- they haven't won in nine outings stretching back to the end of October -- and create the upset of the round.

The 'Bell lost for the first time this year last weekend when Wayside Celtic got the better of them as the Red Cow side missed the chance to go 11 points clear at the top.

United will be itching to get back to winning ways and will not fancy handing back their Metro title at the first time of asking.

Arklow won't mind heading to the Red Cow as the Wicklow side has gained 12 of their 13 league points on the road.

Their dismal home record was brightened up slightly with a win in the Cahill Cup a couple of weeks ago and Matt Britton will be hoping for another sprinkle of the magic of the cup.

EBS METROPOLITAN CUP 1st Round

BLUEBELL UNITED v ARKLOW TOWN

The Bluebell juggernaut was brought to a halt by Wayside Celtic last week and the cup may be a distraction that they can do without. Instead of getting their league campaign back on track the 'Bell will look to get back to winning ways in knock-out action. The 'Bell have already dismissed Arklow in the league and they should get back on track tomorrow. Verdict: Home Win.

TOLKA ROVERS v UCD

College have tasted the harsh realities of playing against top-flight sides this season when Cherry Orchard hit them for six in the Cahill Cup. While they should avoid a similar fate tomorrow, Tolka will prevail. Verdict: Home Win.

MOUNT MERRION v BROADFORD ROVERS

James Keddy's side have hit their stride in the last few weeks and are now on a four-game winning streak, keeping three clean sheets, netting 14 times, and moving out of the relegation zone in the process. Broadford have their own relegation worries in Division 1 and they shouldn't pose too many problems for the resurgent Merrion. Verdict: Home Win.

NEWTOWN RANGERS v VERONA

Verona return to Farrell Park for the second time in a week hoping that lightning can strike twice. Last weekend, the Coolmine side got the better of Rangers by two goals to one to keep pace with the front runners at the top of the table. Rangers are on a three-game losing streak and Verona can ensure the misery continues. Verdict: Away Win.

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