Bell and Sheriff up the ante

by Karl Graham
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BLUEBELL United’s proposed pre-season friendly game with Sheriff YC will now take on more significance as a competitive fixture after the two sides were drawn against each other for the first round of the FAI Senior Cup.
Two of Dublin’s biggest teams regularly prepare for their LSL and AUL seasons with a behind closed doors clash and this season was set to be no different until the draw was announced.
The game will take place in Red Cow during the weekend of August 13 and ties in nicely with Bluebell launching the new facilities in their clubhouse over the same weekend.
“It is an interesting one because it is the week before the season starts and myself and Alan Reilly, the Sheriff manager, had already booked that date in four weeks ago for a friendly,” Bluebell manager Andy Noonan explained to GazetteSport.
“We are looking forward to it. Sheriff are an absolute force to be reckoned with in the AUL. Without a doubt they are one of the greatest junior sides of all time and, for ourselves, we have always been up there. We have always been challenging.
“I’m going to treat it the way we were treating it [before the draw]. Are either Sheriff or Bluebell going to win the FAI Cup? No, probably not. So, we are not going to build the competition up to anything more than it is. It is going to be a great day out.”
The club are upgrading the function room and putting on a family day, as well as a legends match to encourage the Bluebell community to get back involved with the club, so the tie with Sheriff becoming a competitive fixture is a welcome edition.
“I would have preferred a Premier Division side and I am slightly envious of Glenville FC getting Shamrock Rovers with the weekend that’s in it for ourselves,” said Noonan.
“The clubhouse is standing well over three decades so it needed a bit of a facelift.
“The function room has been completely remodelled and it is halfway through at the moment.
We hope to have a new kitchen in, and a viewing area of the football pitch so people can come and enjoy their day in the clubhouse even if the weather is in any way bad.
“With the improvements we have enjoyed on the pitch, we now want the club to feel the benefits of all that so we are putting in a family room so the kids can have somewhere to play while their parents watch the football.”
The club have come under a new executive committee and with other initiatives setting up the club for the new season.

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