Banbridge Town are in action against Dollingstown on Saturday (c) Presseye

BLUEFIN SPORT PREMIER INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE: MATCHDAY 9 PREVIEW

The final four games of 2018 in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League kick-off on Saturday afternoon, we preview all the action.

Banbridge Town v Dollingstown (venue: Crystal Park; kick-off: 2pm)

There’s a rematch of Wedneday’s Bob Radcliffe Cup final as Stuart King’s Banbridge Town side go into this game off the back of a memorable 4-0 win against Dollingstown at Lakeview Park. It was the first silverware of former Linfield and Ballymena United winger King’s managerial career. Banbridge start the game in seventh place in the table and will be looking to use their games in hand to push up the table in the second half of the season.

The run in the Bob Radcliffe Cup will have provided some light relief for the Dollybirds, as they strive to find a way off the bottom of the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League table in their first season back in the division. They picked up their first win of the campaign two weeks ago against Lurgan Celtic but still remain two points from safety.

Portstewart v Lurgan Celtic (venue: Mullaghcall; kick-off: 2pm)

Portstewart’s early season form has stuttered in recent weeks with three defeats from four games in December which has left the Seahawks in sixth place. They were defeated by unbeaten Annagh United last Saturday but have the opportunity to get back to winning ways against a Lurgan Celtic side two places below them in the table.

Gerard McMahon’s Lurgan Celtic got back to winning ways in dramatic fashion last Saturday with a last minute Gerard Rooney penalty securing a 3-2 win over Sport and Leisure Swifts. The Hoops will be keen to see the back of 2018, as they were relegated from the Championship back in April and have failed to kick start their season as yet, they will be hoping a win in the North Coast can set up a positive 2019.

Tobermore United v Moyola Park (venue: Fortwilliam Park; kick-off: 2pm)

It’s a Derry Derby in the third tier this Saturday as Tobermore United host Moyola Park with the neighbours enjoying vastly different seasons to date. Adrian Whiteside’s Tobermore are still flying high in the Premier Intermediate League with only one defeat in their opening six league games and are currently in fourth place with three games in hand. They must pick themselves up from defeat in the final of the Craig Memorial Cup to Maiden City on Boxing Day.

Mervyn Pattison’s Moyola Park are still perilously close to the relegation zone with only two points separating the eleventh place side from the bottom of the table. Two narrow 1-0 defeats in their last two league games have shown they have enough quality to stay in the division with a bit of luck as it took a penalty seven minutes to cruelly deny the Castledawson side a point against leaders Queens University on Saturday past.

Armagh City v Annagh United (venue: Holm Park; kick-off: 3pm)

There is also a County Armagh derby at Holm Park as Annagh United put their 100% record on the line against Armagh City. The Portadown side have won all six of the Premier Intermediate League games to date this season and are currently in second place in the table, four points off Queens with three games in hand. A Craig Taylor double against Portstewart set them on their way to their latest league victory on Saturday.

The evergreen veteran Shea Campbell was on hand to score the only goal of last weekend’s victory over Dollingstown at Planter’s Park, it was only the club’s second league win of the season so far. The Eagles are currently in ninth places hovering only four points above the relegation zone.

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