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Something gives as two of LSL’s giants collide in Metropolitan Cup showdown

By JOHN HUDSON

Glen Walsh feels Bluebell United’s Metropolitan Cup final clash with Crumlin United is the ideal time for the Red Cow based side to finally pick up some silverware this season.

These two great rivals over the past numbers of years are set to meet in the Leinster Senior League’s blue riband cup competition at Home Farm FC, Whitehall Stadium on to-morrow Friday May 31 ko 7.30.

The Bluebell defender feels that by their high standards it’s been a disappointing season for his side but the Metropolitan Cup final gives them the ideal chance to put things right.

“It’s all panning out nicely for us, after winning the league last season we’ve fell below what we expect from ourselves this season so if we don’t end up with a trophy it will be a huge disappointment.

“I know our league form has been indifferent but it’s been a transitional season for us with a lot of young players like Luke Rossiter and Niall Barnes coming into the squad. However the Metropolitan Cup has seen us at out best, to get to the final we’ve beaten the likes of Liffey, Dunboyne, Mochta’s and Collinstown and all away from home with the first round tie against Mount Merrion the only time we got to play at the Red Cow.

“But in fairness to Martin (Loughrane) and Crumlin they have been very strong this season and have gone through the league unbeaten so far comfortably winning the title. But at the same time they have lost in two major cup finals” said Walsh.

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

Those two big losses will be on the mind of Crumlin’s experienced midfielder James Lee when he lines up against Bluebell.

“This is the big one our third cup final this season and back to Whitehall where we lost out to Malahide a few weeks ago.

“Bluebell are always our biggest rivals, we’ve beaten them twice and drew one game against them this season. But we know they will want to put things right especially with us taking the league title from them this season.

“I’ve been there myself before winning the league one year and loosing it the following season so I know they’ll be all out and will want to make amends by finishing up with trophy but we’ll be well prepared and the lads are anxious to put things right after the disappointment of missing out in the other cups” admitted Lee.

The stage is set for what is arguably the game of the season with a large crowd expected in Whitehall as both sides can always command a loyal band of followers.

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