Preview: Men’s Premier League

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Top of the table Kilkeel take on South Antrim in a massive game in the Men’s Premier League title race today.

Just two points separate the two sides with the hosts looking to maintain their faultless start to the campaign.

Table-toppers Kilkeel have been in scintillating form having already scored 24 goals this campaign. Meanwhile, they have two of the top scorers in the league with David Rae and Luke Russell having struck an impressive seven times each already.

Opponents South Antrim had a slow start to the season when they dropped points from leading positions in their two opening games. However, since then they have won four games in a row including last week’s 8-2 thumping of NICS.

They also have an in-form forward of their own with Jordan Robinson also on seven goals this campaign and comes into today’s fixture having scored back-to-back hat-tricks in recent weeks.

However, the Lisburn side knows that anything but a win will not be enough for them to end the weekend in top spot.

The second game of the day sees reigning champions Queen’s University looing to kick-start their title defence as they play hosts to North Down.

The holders haven’t had the start to the campaign they would’ve hoped for as they find themselves ninth having lost four of their first five games.

However, a win today could see them climb as high as fifth in the table should other results also go in their favour.

They face a North Down side who have also struggled to find form in the early stages of this campaign and have lost their last two fixtures.

The final game of the day sees Raphoe travel to Portadown with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend.

A win first win of the season could see Raphoe climb off the foot of the table as they could potentially go as high as seventh if other results go their way.

It has been a difficult start to the season for the newly promoted side with just two points from their opening five games and scored just five goals in the process.

They face a Portadown side who find themselves in mid-table having struggled to find consistency in the early weeks.

Two wins and three defeats leaves them in sixth place and if they are to get a win today they will rely heavily on top goal scorer Adam Stevenson who already has three goals this campaign.

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