BLUEFIN SPORT PREMIER INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE: MATCHDAY 21 PREVIEW

In a tense afternoon in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League on Saturday both the title and relegation could be decided as we look ahead to all three games.

Dollingstown v Portstewart (venue: Planter’s Park; kick-off: 3pm)

Stephen Uprichard’s Dollingstown know they may only need appoint from their last two games to ensure survival from relegation in what would mark a successful first year back in the NI Football League. They host a Portstewart side that they were comfortably defeated by on the opening day of the current season. The Dollybirds lost 4-3 to neighbours Banbridge Town in their last outing.

The sixth placed Seahawks can’t let their dismissal from the Intermediate Cup due to an ineligible player deter them from potentially finishing in the top four this season. Johnny Law’s side enjoyed a midweek victory over Sport and Leisure which marked their fourth win a row and seventh game unbeaten as they are finding form for the run-in.

Sport and Leisure Swifts v Annagh United (venue: Tandragee Road; kick-off: 3pm)

Time has almost run out for the Swifts as they could find themselves relegated from the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League on Saturday with defeat to Annagh United. Packie McAllister’s side have failed to win any of their last ten competitive games including the midweek against Portstewart which leaves the West Belfast club on the brink of falling out of the NI Football League.

It’s an important game for second placed Annagh United as they must win to keep alive their fading hopes of catching Queens University to the third tier title. The scoreless draw last Saturday with Lisburn Distillery allowed the Students to open up a five point gap over Ciaran McGurgan’s side with three games remaining.

Tobermore United v Queens University (venue: Fortwilliam Park; kick-off: 3pm)

Queens University could conceivably win the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate title this Saturday at Fortwilliam Park if results go their way elsewhere. Peter Thompson’s side have been pacesetters through the season and they also have a potential league and cup double on the horizon if they can make the most of their five point advantage, retaining the Intermediate Cup could cap off an amazing season at the Dub.

Third placed Tobermore United will have their own say in the destiny of the title despite falling out of contention themselves in recent weeks. Their 4-0 home defeat to Banbridge Town in midweek has all but killed any lingering hopes of nipping in ahead of the top two – but this is the first of two league meetings with Queens in three days.

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