Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin is closing in on the Championship title (c) Philip Magowan / Presseye


Institute have the chance to seize the advantage at the top of the Bluefin Sport Championship this weekend, whilst relegation could be confirmed for the league’s bottom side.

Paddy McLaughlin’s league leaders travel to Lakeview Park to face Loughgall in their outstanding game on hand against second placed Newry City in the race for the title, with the opportunity to increase their lead to four points with three games to go.

The title race had been blown wide open in March as ‘Stute failed to win any of their three games that month, but victory over Ballyclare calmed the North West nerves.

Gary Smyth and his Harland & Wolff Welders team host an out of form Ballyclare Comrades side in the other top six fixture this Saturday. Whilst the Tillysburn Park outfit look to be in a straight battle with Portadown for third spot and a potential playoff place – it’s to the detriment of Clifford Adams’ Comrades who have it all to do in their final three games.

Lurgan Celtic’s relegation to the Premier Intermediate League could be confirmed tomorrow if they don’t pick up a win against Dergview. Brendan Shannon’s team have endured a hapless run of form that has produced no league wins since September and compounded with a 7-0 hammering by Knockbreda last time out.

In East Belfast, Knockbreda welcome cross-city opponents PSNI with the home side keen to continue their goalscoring form from last week against a PSNI side that themselves were unlucky not to secure all three points against Larne in their last outing, conceding two late goals to drop two points.

Fixtures (all 3pm kick off)
Dergview v Lurgan Celtic
HW Welders v Ballyclare Comrades
Knockbreda v PSNI
Loughgall v Institute