Friday, 20 April 2018
It's the first post-split game-week of the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League and could Dundela move one step closer to the league title on Saturday.
Dundela travel New Grosvenor Park against Lisburn Distillery with the East Belfast side currently enjoy a healthy five point lead following the end of the regular season and know that the destiny of the title and subsequent promotion is firmly in their hands.
The Whites may have lost their grip on the title chase but can still feasibly make a challenge for the playoff place and take inspiration from their 1-0 win against Dundela back in September, with leading scorer Matthew Ferguson bagging the only goal.
Second placed Queens University host Tobermore United at the Dub aiming to keep the pace with their cross-city rivals. The Students enjoyed a midweek victory over Armagh City but will go into this game knowing only a win will do if they want keep their title hopes alive. Tobermore United crept into the top six of the Premier Intermediate ahead of the split by virtue of that Queens victory over Armagh, as they themselves failed to beat Annagh United at home on Tuesday night.
In the remaining game of the ‘top six’ third placed Banbridge Town host Moyola Park at Crystal Park looking to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win, they trail Queens by only three points with five games left to play. The Castledawson side won the reverse fixture 2-0 on the opening day of the season, back in August at Mill Meadow.
In the bottom half of the table, the pressure was lifted from basement side Donegal Celtic with a surprise victory over Lisburn Distillery at Suffolk Road on Tuesday evening. It was a first win in ten league games for the West Belfast side who now have it all to play for at home to ninth placed Portstewart this Saturday, if they want to avoid slipping out of the league.
Newington’s cushion over the Hoops in eleventh has now shortened to just two points as they travel to Sport & Leisure Swifts for an all Belfast clash in the third tier. The Steel and Sons Cup winners may have had a difficult league campaign but have pulled together a run of three games unbeaten going into this game. In the two games between the sides in the regular season, both clubs have one win apiece.
The final game of the day in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate Legaue is a County Armagh derby between Annagh United and Armagh City in Portadown. Annagh picked up a vital win away to Tobermore thanks to goals from former Linfield captain Michael Gault and Scott McCordick, whilst Armagh narrowly missed out on a place in the top six with defeat to Queens.