BLUEFIN SPORT PREMIER INTERMEDIATE: 3 FEBRUARY PREVIEW

It may be Irish Cup weekend for a host of clubs in the Premiership and Championship but there are four games in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League this Saturday.

The early kick-off in the Premier Intermediate League sees an all Belfast clash between Newington YC and Sport & Leisure Swifts at Seaview (kick-off 1pm). Newington, the Steel and Sons Cup holders, moved a point further away from the bottom of the table in midweek whilst Pat McAllister’s Swifts will be looking stay in the top six, with plenty of rivals breathing down their necks in a tight middle section of the league.

Basement side Annagh United host Queens University, the students will be keen to make the most of their game in hand which could take them a point behind leaders Dundela, with a win in Portadown on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). Peter Thompson’s title hopes for Queens were dealt a blow with a 4-2 defeat to the league leaders last time out.

Armagh City could take a step closer to the top six with victory on the road over Donegal Celtic at Suffolk Park (kick-off 3pm). Stephen Hatfield’s Hoops remain in a delicate position as they are only four points off the foot of the table and four points away from the top half of the division.

Moyola Park could have the biggest say of this competitive league with three games in hand, the most of any team in the third tier. They take on a Portstewart team that has struggled for consistency in their return to the NI Football League this season and currently sit second bottom (kick-off 3pm). The North Coast side will be keen to bounce back from a five goal hammering from leaders Dundela last Saturday.