Premier Division title race really starting to heat up

The Newbuildings United III's players celebrate after their cup final win against Ardmore Reserves at Wilton Park on Saturday. INLS1115-132KM
The Newbuildings United III's players celebrate after their cup final win against Ardmore Reserves at Wilton Park on Saturday. INLS1115-132KM

Things are really hotting up in the race for the Premier Division title.

Drummond went into their game at Tullyally with a slender lead but lost 2-1 with the Colts goals coming from Wray and McFaul with Doherty replying for the Roesiders.

Claudy Rovers missed the chance to close the gap when they were held 1-1 by a resurgent Irish Street, Donaghy scored for Rovers with Wilson replying for the visitors.

BBOB’S marksmen Grant Garden and Joe McCready were on the mark in their sides 3-0 win at Lincoln Courts.

In the Supplementary cup final outsiders Newbuildings Thirds defeated Ardmore Reserves 5-2 at Wilton Park. In the Matt Morrison Junior cup there were wins for Eglinton who defeated Greysteel 2-0 and Burnfoot who had a 4-1 win at Roe Valley.

There are four games in the Premier Division this Saturday as any one of five different teams could be crowned champions.

Drummond v Claudy Rovers

Both these sides dropped vital points last week, the Limavady men have just three games left and hold a slender one point advantage over second placed Foyle Wanderers and five clear of the Claudy men who do have two games in hand,.

There is everything to play for in this one and it may end all square.

Prediction: Score Draw.

Foyle Wanderers v Newbuildings United Res

Although Wanderers were without a game last week the other results certainly went their way. They know if they win their remaining four games then they will be the champions. With their two main rivals playing each other this is a must win game.

Newbuildings are rock bottom and are merely fulfilling fixtures although they do have a number of games in hand over the clubs above them, this being a local derby it could be close.

Prediction: Foyle Wanderers.

Ardmore v Caw

Damien McGee’s side are not quite out of the race yet however they would need the sides above then to lose a couple at least, they have been a bit inconsistent at times but they will keep plugging away.

Caw play their last game of the season, it has been a largely disappointing one for them although they should remain in the top flight, they may finish with a defeat.

Prediction: Ardmore.

Tullyally v Lincoln Courts

The Courts must be wondering where they could have been in the table if they hadn’t have drawn so many games earlier in the season, they showed again last Saturday that they are good enough to be challenging for the title.

The Courts manager Kolyn Patterson has tried everything this season to get things right on the pitch but as their league position shows it hasn’t really worked another defeat looks likely.

Prediction: Tullyally.