BY Jonny Stapleton
Malahide United will look to take full advantage of the fact Senior Sunday title rivals Crumlin United and St Mochtas won’t be in league action this weekend as the LSL returns.
The reigning champions could leapfrog Mochtas and regain top spot if they defeat struggling Ballyfermot side Cherry Orchard in Gannon Park on Friday night.
United suffered a somewhat surprise three goal defeat to Killester Donnycarney in their last game before the Christmas break and will be keen to make amends by starting the new year in opposing fashion.
Victory would see them move a point clear of the Saints at the top of the Leinster Senior League top flight 15 games in.
The break came at the wrong time for both Liffey Wanderers and Bluebell United who face off on Sunday.
Both ended a run of four successive defeats with pre-Christmas victories before being forced to wait to build on the success.
A win for the Red Cow based side would completely change the complexion of their season. They could move within three points of fourth placed Wanderers and put enough of a cushion between themselves and the trap door to quash any relegation concerns.
A win for the Pearse Street side would see them stay within touching distance of the top three and retain best of the rest status.
Kilnamanagh play host to Killester in the top flight of one of the few leagues not to extend their winter break. Killester have overcome a tricky start to become one of the form sides in the division. The Northside outfit have won four of their last five and go into this Tallaght hosted clash on the back of a brilliant win over Malahide. Keith Foys Kilnamanagh are looking for their first win since they beat Cherry Orchard in September. Bangor GG are also in action as they host Maynooth on Sunday.
Dublin sides are also in action in the Leinster Junior Cup, Balbriggan FC host Parkvilla FC, Kilbarrack United and Drumcondra FC, meet at Greendale Road, while Crumlin United host Wayside Celtic on Saturday.
Sunday see’s Rathangan AFC and Beechwood FC compete in the third round while Ballyfermot United and
Trinity Donaghmede, Coldcut Road square off in the fourth round.