Bann without Dowds for crucial Lisnagarvey clash

Bann's Stephen Dowds

Bann's Stephen Dowds

Banbridge coach, Mark Tumilty knows that this weekend could decide the outcome of the Premiership championship.

Bann travel up the A1 to their rivals Lisnagarvey, for what is being seen as the title decider.

Garvey trail Bann by four points with a game in hand and should they defeat reigning champions Bann, then they would be in the driving seat.

But a win for Bann could see the title returning to Havelock Park.

The last time Bann won the Keightley Cup in consecutive years was back in 1989 on their way to a fantastic four in a row.

“It’s a difficult one to call and a difficult time of the year to be playing,” said Tumility.

“There’s a lot going on and I think it will be down to who is clued in on the day.

“I think over the last few weeks both teams have had to squeeze out results.

“We won last Saturday with the last strike of the ball and a couple of weeks ago Garvey were losing 2-0 but won 3-2. There are also a few injuries kicking about both squads as well and I have to admit we are light going into the game as we have a few injury concerns for the game.”

“For a team that hasn’t won the league for so long to win it back to back would be a fantastic achievement.”

Amongst those injured is Bann’s goal-scorer Stevie Dowds and he will undergo a late fitness test.

Dane Ward and Owen Magee are definitely out with Josh Moffet and Matthew Bell hoping to shake of injuries.

However, Garvey are hopeful that the players who picked up knocks last week will be ok for the crunch game.

Cookstown will be without Ryan Millar for their game against Raphoe who have Keith Meehan out.

Annadale are hoping that they can begin clawing their way back up the table starting this week with a game against visitors Mossley, who lost surprisingly to Service last week.

Instonians are still without several key players for the visit of Belfast Harlequins. And it should be noted that this game has been moved back to 2pm.

In Senior One with both North Down and Portadown not playing, Newry could go clear at the top of the table with a win over Antrim at the Forum.




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