Limavady's Paul Owens takes his team to the Welders this weekend in the Bluefin Sport Championship (c)Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye


The first fixture of the weekend sees Newry City entertain neighbours Loughgall on Friday Night in the BlueFin Sport Championship, writes Aaron O'Neill.

There are five fixtures scheduled for Saturday, H&W Welders welcome Limavady United to Tillysburn Park in what should be a closely fought mid-table clash.

The Roesiders have been on a good run recently and have been rewarded by a charge up the table in recent weeks. A win for The Welders would see them leapfrog their opponents into 6th place. League leaders Ballyclare Comrades are on their travels this weekend as they take on PSNI. The Comrades will be looking to stretch their 4 point advantage over the chasing pack with an away win.

Second-placed Institute welcome bottom side Larne to Wilton Park on Saturday. Stute know that a win will keep them hot on the heels of the league leaders and will be looking to bounce back after dropping points last weekend against Portadown.

Knockbreda welcome Portadown to Breda Park this weekend. The home side will be hoping for a return to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat to Limavady United. The Ports have struggled to adapt to life in the Championship so far, Niall Currie’s side find themselves 8th in the table and well off the promotion trail.

Lurgan Celtic make the short trip to Darragh Park on Saturday as they take on Dergview. Both sides are languishing at the wrong end of the table and will be hoping that a win this weekend may launch a charge to safety. BlueFin Sport Premier Intermeditate Preview

The BlueFin Sport Premier Intermediate League returns this weekend with a full list of fixtures.

League leaders Lisburn Distillery travel to face Tobermore United on Saturday. Distillery have a 3 point cushion over closest challengers, Queens University.

The Students will be hoping to close the gap on Distillery when they make the short trip across Belfast to take on Donegal Celtic this weekend.

Third-placed Dundela entertain S&L Swifts at Wilgar Park. The Duns enjoyed a convincing 3-0 win in their last league game, whilst their opponents where on the wrong end of a similar score line when they played the league leaders.

Portstewart will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they entertain Annagh United at Seahaven. Gary Taylor’s side endured a 7-0 drubbing in their last league outing against Queens University but last weekend’s success in the Irish Cup showed the fighting spirit within the Seahawks camp.

Newington YC face Moyola Park this weekend. The home side - buoyed by their victory in the Steel & Sons Cup - will be hoping for a win. The visitors come in to the game in good form after last weekend’s Irish Cup success knowing that a win will keep them in the promotion race.