Ballymena can still have big say in PGL title race

Belmont v CSNI, Belmont Park
Belmont v CSNI, Belmont Park

Ballymena may be outsiders to retain their Private Greens League Division One crown, but they can still have a big say in where the trophy eventually rests.

The Sky Blues this week halted the Dunbarton bandwagon - their first loss of the campaign - by claiming a narrow victory at Old Ballymoney Road.

However, Belmont, who are also wrestling it out at the top, shot themselves in the foot in many ways by falling to a shock defeat at Ulster Transport.

It means that Dunbarton take over at the summit, having bagged 83-and-a-halfpointsfron 15 starts.

Belmont are only half-a-point adrift, but have played one game more.

Ballymena are clinging on in third spot, with 72 points from 14 games.

“We didn’t do ourselves any favours by losing (5-2) at Transport,” admitted Belmont’s Davy Hamilton.

“Dunbarton are in the box seat, there is no question about that even though they slipped up at Ballymena, but they still took home three points.

“They also have the easier run-in over the last four or five games, although they still have to play Old Bleach twice.

“We have to face Ballymena down the line, so that could be the crunch game.”

Meanwhile, it’s equally as tight at the top of the NIBA Division One table.

Whitehead hold a slender half-a-point lead over Bangor, but something must give because the teams are due to meet at Whitehead on Sunday.