Loughgall's Nathaniel Ferris pictured with Alyn Spratt from Bluefin Sport
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
It’s the second round of fixtures in the Bluefin Sport Championship tonight, we preview all the games with the action kicking off from 7pm.
Knockbreda v Dundela (venue: Breda Park; kick-off: 7pm)
Two of the East Belfast contingent of the Bluefin Sport Championship are in action at Breda Park tonight – with both sides aiming to make it two wins from two in the league this season. Lee Forsythe’s new look squad came away with an impressive 1-0 win at Ballinamallard United on Saturday thanks to Anto Burns’ second half strike.
Whilst closer to home, Dundela defeated Dergview by a single Chris Watts’ goal late in the day to start the league season with a win. One of the club’s winning start may come to an end, and it was stalemate in the last meeting between the sides in January with Ryan Nimick securing a stoppage time point for Dundela.
Queens University v PSNI (venue: The Dub; kick-off: 7pm)
It’s the first of a double header between the two sides who meet again on Saturday in the first round of the BetMcLean League Cup as the landlords host the tenants tonight at the Dub. Queens University will be eager to bounce back from heartbreak in their first game in senior football at the weekend, surrendering a two goal lead with just over five minutes remaining at Ballyclare Comrades.
Sammy McFadden’s PSNI also started their Bluefin Sport Championship campaign with a 4-0 goal defeat to Ards, which leaves the South Belfast club currently propping up the table, albeit after only one game. Not the ideal start to life at their temporary home on the Malone Road – but they have the chance to put the Ards game behind them tonight.
Ards v HW Welders (venue: Bangor Fuels Arena; kick-off: 7.45pm)
Two goals from Michael McLellan set Ards on their way to a comfortable 4-0 win against PSNI in their first outing in the Championship since 2016. Warren Feeney’s side dominated proceedings at The Dub and will equally be looking to start their campaign at home in similar fashion – they will do so with two recruits from the Welders in pre-season as Scott McMillen and William Armstrong made the move to the County Down side in the close season.
HW Welders got their season off to a flying start with a fine 2-0 win against Newry City at Tillysburn Park, goals from Adam Wright and Ross Arthurs. The management team of Colin McIlwaine and George O’Boyle will be looking to continue their good start to the season at another of the promotion hopefuls tonight in North Down.
Dergview v Ballinamallard United (venue: Darragh Park; kick-off: 7.45pm)
It’s the first Tyrone v Fermanagh derby at Darragh Park on Tuesday evening as both Dergview and the Mallards will be looking to get their first league points of the season. Ivan Sproule’s Dergview team lost their opening game on Saturday away to Dundela. Striker Emmett McGuickin is unlikely to feature as he is currently being courted with a move to Coleraine.
Harry McConkey’s side were also defeated by a single goal to opposition from East Belfast, as Knockbreda left Fermanagh with all three points on Saturday. These two sides last met on Boxing Day, with Ballinamallard winning the encounter 2-1 after coming from behind, goals from Ryan Campbell and Ross Taheny sealed the festive victory.
Newry City v Loughgall (venue: Newry Showgrounds; kick-off: 7.45pm)
Promotion hopefuls Newry City came back down to earth with a bump on Saturday after a 2-0 defeat to HW Welders on the road. Darren Mullen’s side return to the Showgrounds for the first time since their relegation from the Premiership and will be keen to kick-start their season with a win, whilst shaking off an unenviable record of one league win at home since November 2018.
Dean Smith was the more pleased of the two managers following his side’s 0-0 draw against Portadown on Saturday. Despite the point, it’s five games without a win in the Championship for the Villagers dating back to March 2018. Newry City won the last meeting between the two sides in the second tier, winning 1-0 in April 2018 en route to promotion to the Premiership via the playoffs.
Portadown v Ballyclare Comrades (venue: Shamrock Park; kick-off: 7.45pm)
Ports boss Matthew Tipton admitted his side maybe suffered from opening day nerves on Saturday in their scoreless stalemate against Loughgall but they will look forward to some home comforts against Ballyclare Comrades. They will be conscious though that Ballyclare won the last meeting between the clubs, back in January when Jamie Willighan’s late winner sealed a 2-1 win.
Stephen Hughes’ and his band of Comrades will still be buzzing from a memorable opening day of the Championship season on Saturday, having been 2-0 down after 84 minutes to Queens University, they could barely have imagined coming back to win 3-2 after a Joe Tully double and a Kyle Beggs debut winner sealed three points for the East Antrim men.