Armagh City's Luke Grimley pictured with Alyn Spratt of Bluefin Sport (c) Presseye
Friday, 15 November 2019
There’s five games in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League this Saturday as Annagh United look to hold onto their slim lead at the top of the table, we look ahead to all the action.
Armagh City v Newington (venue: Holm Park; kick-off: 3pm)
Shea Campbell’s Armagh City side weren’t in league action last week, having had two weeks to stew over the disappointing Irish Cup exit to Tullycarnet. The Eagles are currently in ninth place in the table going into this weekend’s games – only two points off the foot of the table, after losing their most recent league outing 3-0 to Limavady United.
Newington’s shock 5-1 defeat to Portstewart last week was the first points dropped in the Premier Intermediate League this season to date. Despite the setback, the North Belfast men are still only three points behind leaders Annagh United with a game in hand and will look to bounce back at Holm Park.
Banbridge Town v Annagh United (venue: Crystal Park; kick-off: 2pm)
A tale of contrasting seasons for these two sides ahead of their meeting at Crystal Park on Saturday. Stuart King’s Banbridge Town are still without a league win after being denied all three points by a last minute penalty conceded in the 2-2 draw with Limavady United last Saturday. Only a point separates the Town from Tobermore United at the foot of the table, as they start the weekend in tenth place.
Ciaran McGurgan’s Annagh United by comparison are flying – their pursuit of the league title continues and looks on course with a quarter of the season played. The Portadown based side defeated Bangor 2-1 last Saturday to stay top of their third tier, Jackson Holmes’ scored a second half winner at the Tandragee Road venue last week to keep the promotion hopes alive.
Bangor v Moyola Park (venue: Bangor Fuels Arena; kick-off: 3pm)
The Seasiders fell to defeat to leaders Annagh United but maintain their mid-table berth as they continue to readjust to life back in the Irish League. It’s now back to back league defeats for Hugh Sinclair’s side – they will look to stop the rot at home to Moyola Park on the Gold Coast this Saturday afternoon.
Moyola Park come into this game off the back of an important first league win of the campaign last week against Lisburn Distillery. Goals from Michael Tolan and Conor Lundy sealed the away victory at the fourth time of asking this season, that moves Mervyn Pattison’s men up to seventh in the table going into the trip to Bangor.
Portstewart v Dollingstown (venue: Mullaghcall; kick-off: 2pm)
In the standout performance of the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League this season, Portstewart retained the only unbeaten streak in the third-tier with the convincing 5-1 demolition of Newington at home last Saturday. The five star performance with five different goalscorers has made Johnny Law’s men now serious contenders for the title and promotion to senior football this season.
Dollingstown were frustrated by the weather last week with the postponement of their proposed trip to Tobermore United. The Dollybirds remain in fourth position despite not playing and have a great opportunity to continue to build on their impressive start to the season should they come away from the North Coast with three points on Saturday, they defeated Lisburn Distillery in the Irish Cup in their most recent outing, two weeks ago.
Tobermore United v Lisburn Distillery (venue: Fortwilliam Park; kick-off: 2pm)
The opportunity to move off the foot of the table last week was taken away from Tobermore United by the weather, as a waterlogged pitch at Fortwilliam Park forced the postponement of their clash with Dollingstown. Adrian Whiteside’s men are still without a victory in the league this season and only have one win across all competitions (against Oxford Sunnyside in the Irish Cup).
Distillery are without a league win in four attempts after losing to Moyola Park at home last Saturday. Stephen Hatfield’s side are already seven points behind the league leaders as they look to try and restore past glories further up the Irish League. Victory on the road to winless Tobermore could move them up as high as fourth if results go their way.