Danske Bank Premiership

Larne had an opportunity to move into top spot in the Premiership on Tuesday night, but they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Barry Gray’s Warrenpoint side who have enjoyed a decent start to the season so far. The Invermen fall to 3rd place with that result and Jordan Owens goal as Crusaders managed to see off Coleraine saw the North Belfast side move level on points with Linfield at the top of the league.

Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Gary Hamilton’s Glenavon side made it four games unbeaten but goals from Matthew Fitzpatrick and Gregory Moorhouse meant the managed their first win of the season against Ballymena, who haven’t won since the first game of the season and now find themselves sitting in 11th spot and facing a potential relegation scrap.

Also picking up their first wins of the season on Tuesday were Carrick and Dungannon who both picked up three points at home against Portadown and Cliftonville, respectively. This leaves Glentoran as the only team in the league still looking for their first win of the season. The Glens were not playing on Tuesday night, but the other results mean they now occupy bottom spot and have no game this weekend so will remain there for at least another week.

Here is the full Danske Bank Premiership table going into today’s games: –

Pos Club P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Linfield 4 4 0 0 12 5 7 12
2 Crusaders 5 4 0 1 8 3 5 12
3 Larne 5 3 2 0 8 2 6 11
4 Cliftonville 5 3 0 2 8 3 5 9
5 Coleraine 5 2 1 2 9 7 2 7
6 Glenavon 5 1 3 1 9 9 0 6
7 Warrenpoint Town 5 1 2 2 4 6 -2 5
8 Dungannon Swifts 5 1 2 2 2 6 -4 5
9 Portadown 5 1 1 3 7 12 -5 4
10 Carrick Rangers 5 1 1 3 6 11 -5 4
11 Ballymena United 5 1 0 4 4 11 -7 3
12 Glentoran 4 0 2 2 2 4 -2 2

 

Due to international call ups and Covid there are only two games being played this weekend, with the following games kicking off today at 15:00 unless otherwise stated: –

Coleraine v Linfield

Larne v Crusaders (Saturday 13th November at 17:30 – BBC Sport NI)

It is certainly set to be an interesting weekend with Linfield, Larne and Crusaders all competing to finish the weekend in 1st place and Glenavon and Carrick are looking to push their seasons on after picking up their first wins of the season earlier this week.

As always in our Writer’s Prediction League our team of writers will get three points for a correct result and a point for a correct outcome, Richard gets us started this week: –

Richard

Coleraine 1-1 Linfield

Larne 0-0 Crusaders

Adrian

Coleraine 1-3 Linfield

Larne 1-0 Crusaders

Darren

Coleraine 0-1 Linfield

Larne 1-1 Crusaders

Rodney

Coleraine 1-2 Linfield

Larne 2-2 Crusaders

Keith

Coleraine 1-3 Linfield

Larne 0-0 Crusaders

Cameron

Coleraine 2-2 Linfield

Larne 1-0 Crusaders

Tuesday proved to be a low scoring week with none of the team backing wins for Carrick, Glenavon and Dungannon and Warrenpoint also picking up a surprise result against Larne. Rodney managed to keep his place at top spot, seven points ahead of Cameron.

Here is the full leaderboard: –

1. Rodney 29
2. Cameron 22
3. Darren 18
4. Adrian/Richard 17
6. Keith 14

 

Congratulations to Rodney who earlier this week managed to pip Liam to top spot in our Charity Writer’s League of Ireland Prediction League. Rodney’s chosen charity was Marie Curie Cancer Care, and we will soon be making a donation to this wonderful charity on Rodney’s behalf.

The Premier Division down south came to an exciting end on Monday night with Finn Harps securing their top-flight status for another season and Dundalk picked up the final European spot in the league.

Also, on Thursday night we had the disappointment of Northern Ireland losing their Euro 2020 play-off final against Slovakia but next week we will be paying tribute to Northern Ireland’s captain and most capped player, Steve Davis.