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Metro pits two great LSL rivals in battle to claim Blue Riband Cup success glory

Friday May 31 (7.30)
Metropolitan Cup Final
Crumlin United v Bluebell United
Home Farm FC, Whitehall  

by John Hudson / Photos:Anto o’Brien

Two great rivals over the past numbers of years Crumlin United and Bluebell United are set to clash in the Metropolitan Cup final at Home Farm FC, Whitehall   on Friday May 31 ko 7.30.

The Leinster Senior League’s blue riband cup competition will give Crumlin, newly crowned Senior Division champions, a final opportunity to add a top cup to the league title won in some style with an unbeaten record and a comfortable points advantage over runners up Killester-Donnycarney and third placed Bluebell.

But after suffering defeats in two cup finals so far this season Crumlin manager Martin Loughrane and his squad will be keen to make it third time lucky when they take on Bluebell.

Malahide United out gunned Crumlin in a penalty shoot out to claim the Cahill Cup, while a Mark O’Sullivan goal at the Aviva Stadium for Avondale United proved enough to deny Crumlin another FAI Intermediate Cup success.

Loughrane will be wary of the Bluebell threat although Crumlin have remained unbeaten against Andy Noonan’s side in their three meeting this season.

“Our main aim this season was to win the league and we did that and getting to three major cup finals is great but we know games against Bluebell are always tight affairs. We did well against them in our league meetings this season, with a scoreless draw at the Red Cow before taking all three points in a narrow 1-0 victory in the return fixture. While we shaded our Intermediate Cup second round home tie 2-0”. said Loughrane. 

Bluebell boss Andy Noonan was looking forward to another meeting with Crumlin and is fairly upbeat about his side’s chances of ending the season with some silverware.

“ Maybe finishing third in the league might be seen as a disappointing season by our recent standards but it’s been a transitional period for us with a lot of young players coming up from the Saturday side. Our three games against Crumlin were all tight affairs and that’s great credit to our side for running them close. They are arguably one of the best Crumlin teams I’ve come across during the past couple of years and they won the league on merit but a cup final is ideal way for us get one over on them” explained Noonan.

PATHS TO THE FINAL

CRUMLIN UNITED
Rd 1 – bye

Rd 2 – v Newtown Rangers, home won 2-0
Rd 3 – v Wayside Celtic, away won 3-0
Q/F  – v TEK United, away won 3-1
S/F –  v Maynooth University Town, home won 2-0

BLUEBELL UNITED
Rd 1
– v Mount Merrion, home won 4-0
Rd 2 – v Liffey Wanderers, away won 3-0
Rd 3 – v Dunboyne,  away won 2-1
Q/F –  v St Mochta’s, away won 2-1
S/F –  v Collinstown, away won 2-0

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