Crusaders striker Jordan Owens (Picture Credit: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye)


We are back to a full fixture list this Saturday in the Danske Bank Premiership with six games kicking off at 3pm.

Crusaders needed an injury time winner from that man Jordan Owens last weekend as they beat Ards 1-0 in a top of the table clash. They are back at Seaview this week for the visit of Dungannon Swifts who have already won in North Belfast this campaign thanks to a 2-1 victory at Solitude.  The table topping Crues are unbeaten this term and have only conceded three times in their six games.  Rodney McAree added Peter McMahon to his ranks this week as he looks to build on the Swifts’ positive start to the season which has seen them unbeaten in five games.

Glenavon welcome Ballinamallard United to Mourneview Park in decent form in the league.  The Lurgan Blues are second in the table, four points behind the Crues, but have a game in hand.  Gary Hamilton’s side won all three meetings against the Mallards last season and meet Gavin Dykes side as they struggle for results this campaign.  They have one point to show from their six games and must be looking over their shoulder at Portadown who are closing the gap on them at the foot of the table.

Ards were very unlucky to come away with nothing to show for their performance against Crusaders last Saturday but still sit in third place in the table.  Niall Currie will be looking for his side to get back on track when Glentoran make the short trip to the Bangor fuels Arena.  Roy Coyle will take charge once again for the Glens as they search for a replacement for Alan Kernaghan who resigned last week after a poor start to the season.

Linfield are back in Danske Bank Premiership action this week with the visit of Portadown to the National Stadium at Windsor Park. The Blues are in good form and occupy fourth spot in the table, but they have only won once in their last six games against the Ports, losing four and drawing the other.  Portadown have netted 10 times in their last two outings, and manager Pat McGibbon will hope that this game has come at the right time as a win on Saturday would give his players a massive boost of confidence as they try to climb from the foot of the table.

The last two times Coleraine and Carrick Rangers have played each other, the side playing at home has won 2-1.  Oran Kearney will be happy if this trend continues on Saturday at the Showgrounds and looking at the form guide his side will be confident of getting all three points.  The Bannsiders have won three in a row, scoring 10 and conceding just the once, while Carrick have conceded 10 in their last three Premiership fixtures including a comprehensive 4-0 defeat to Portadown last time out.

Ballymena United entertain Cliftonville at the Showgrounds and fans of both sides will be hoping for just that: Entertainment. They shared the spoils with one win each and a draw in their three meetings last season which produced two red cards, six penalties and a remarkable 17 goals.  Both managers will be desperate for the three points as a win could lift them into the top half of the table. Ballymena have lost just once in their last six but are yet to win at home in the Premiership this campaign.  The Reds hit 11 (eleven) past Distillery in the League Cup including hat-tricks for both Davy McDaid and Stephen Garrett and both will be aiming to be back on the scoresheet on Saturday.

Danske Bank Premiership – Saturday 10 September, 3pm

Ards  v  Glentoran

Ballymena United  v  Cliftonville

Coleraine  v  Carrick Rangers

Crusaders  v  Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon  v  Ballinamallard United

Linfield  v  Portadown