Men’s Premier League Preview MD10

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In the Men’s Premier League, the current table toppers Kilkeel travel to fourth-placed Belfast Harlequins knowing a win could see them extend their lead at the top to five points.

However, they will come up against an in-form Harlequins who have lost just once this season and most recently beat NICS 5-1.

The game looks to have guaranteed goals with three of the top goalscoring in the league all set to feature.

Michael Patterson, David Rae and Luke Russell have 30 goals between them this campaign with both clubs also amongst the top-scoring in the division.

Second meets third in the other massive game this weekend as Cookstown hosts South Antrim.

The home side come into the fixture having dropped points away to Portadown last week, a result which saw them lose ground in the title race, whilst their Lisburn opponents made it five wins in their last six.

Defeat for either side in today’s fixture would see them lose significant ground in the title race as we now enter the second half of the campaign.

The third game of the day sees North Down host Portadown with the visitors looking to build upon a positive 3-3 draw with Cookstown last week.

Meanwhile, their hosts had led league leaders Kilkeel 3-0 before falling to a 6-4 defeat last week.

Both teams come into this tie in mid-table but a win for North Down could see them climb as high as fifth in the table whereas Portadown could reduce the gap to the top four.

Elsewhere NICS will be hoping to bounce back from a heavy defeat last week as they play Bangor.

Service find themselves ninth in the table and two points ahead of bottom-placed Raphoe but now face another difficult tie against a side who have climbed the table in recent weeks.

Having lost their opening three games of the campaign, the County Down side then won three on the bounce and now sit firmly in mid-table.

However, like today’s opponents, they go into the game off the back of a defeat having lost 2-1 to last season’s Champions Queen’s University.

The final game of the day sees Raphoe continue their search for a first win of the season as they face Queen’s University.

With just two points since their promotion, the County Donegal side find themselves bottom of the table, but a win today could see them climb to ninth.

Meanwhile, should the students lose today, they would be dragged into the relegation fight as the gap to the bottom would reduce from five points to three at most.


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