Top six spot up for grabs as Ports visit St Teresa’s

Niall McKeever

Portglenone’s Niall McKeever

All County Football League Division 1 Round 10

At first glance tonight’s clash at MhicDhomhnaill/UiDhoctairtigh Park has no great significance to it but tell that to Jude Donnelly and his management team at Casement’s Portglenone or indeed to the those in charge of home side St. Teresa’s.

A closer examination of the Division 1 League table will tell you that the Portglenone men currently occupy seventh place in the division going into their final game before the cut-off point in the league on 8 points from nine starts but they only trail sixth place Aghagallon on score difference with a game less played.

Tonight’s visit to St. Teresa’s represents that game in hand so a win or even a draw would see Portglenone move into that much sought after sixth place, defeat would leave St. Mary’s Aghagallon in sixth spot going into the second phase of the league and would mark significance progress for a side just promoted this season.

The game is important for St. Teresa’s as well but for very different reasons. The Glen Road side find themselves precariously close to the bottom of the table on five points, three places from the bottom and on the same points as Ahoghill but like Portglenone tonight’s game is their game in hand.

A win for St. Teresa’s ironically could see them climb three places to eighth spot, above Rossa and Aldergrove who currently sit on six points each and it certainly gives them plenty to play for. Games between these sides have been keenly contested and sometimes feisty in the recent past and tonight’s fixture could go either way.

The Ports have been a bit hit and miss this season, turning in some great performances including an away win at Aghagallon, a draw away to St. Gall’s and St. John’s and wins over Ahoghill and St. Paul’s so their away form would suggest that they are more than capable of winning tonight’s game.

Niall McKeever, the Delargy brothers Dermot McAleese, Paddy Kelly, Mark McAleese and Kieron McKenna could all play a significant part in tonight’s action while St. Teresa’s will be pinning their hopes on Philly Maguire, Conor O’Rawe, Brendan Agnew, Ryan Mallon, Aaron Thompson and Co. to get them over the line.

Kick-off 7-45.

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St Teresa’s Philly Maguire

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