Title chasing Art Deco face tricky game at Oxford

Paul Gormley, Creggan Swifts, shields the ball from Westbank's Mickey Dillon during this Saturday Morning League clash at Prehen No1. (1803SL01)
Paul Gormley, Creggan Swifts, shields the ball from Westbank's Mickey Dillon during this Saturday Morning League clash at Prehen No1. (1803SL01)

Collon Celtic v HML (Templemore Central)

Both sides are sitting in joint third place in the First Division, just two points behind the leaders and both have games in hand but the winner of this game will be laying down claims to lifting the First Division title.

Collon Celtic have a very experienced side which should stand to them as players like Stevie Johnstone have played at a higher level and has also won Premiership titles in The SML. That kind of experience is invaluable at this level. HML have been having their best season since joining The SML and have got in to a very good habit of winning games. Collon will start as favourites but the call centre side will be hoping they can upset the apple cart and if they play the way they have been and they have a real chance. This is a hard game to predict but Collon should be able to sneak all three points.

Tristar v Culmore (Prehen 1)

Tristar are top of the table in this their first season back in The SML but they have played more games than the three

clubs chasing them so all they can do is to keep winning and hope those sides drop points. They have an excellent chance of winning this game against a Culmore side that are sitting at the wrong end of the table. Both sides will be well matched in terms of age and that gives Culmore a chance but they need to tighten up defensively. Tristar have their eye on the title should be able to take all three points.

Hatmore Harps v Collegians (Leafair)

Hatmore look to be out of the running for promotion but all they can do now is to keep winning games and hope the four clubs above them drop points. Despite this they will be happy the way their season has panned out as it gives them something to build on. Collegians have not managed to win a game all season and know that they may have to make several changes in their squad if they are to become competitive next season. Having said that though they turn up with a full squad every week and and give it their best. They will find it difficult here as Hatmore are expected to win with something in hand.

Greysteel Celtic v Oakleaf Celtic (Vale Centre)

For whatever reason, Greysteel failed to show against Culmore last week and for a side that have been going very well in recent games that is inexcusable. They are at home this week and will no doubt have a full squad for this one but it must be pointed out their manager was away last weekend which may explain the ‘no-show’ but he’s back and will have had stern words at training this week.

Oakleaf have not had the best of seasons and team boss Donal O’Neill was forced to play in goals last week so he will be hoping that he has a full squad available for this game. Greysteel have been playing some excellent football of late and should be able to make home advantage count to take all three points.

Oxford United v Art Deco (Thornhill)

Oxford have nothing to play for but pride though they can still have a major say on who will lifts the title as they welcome Art Deco to Thornhill. Art Deco sit second in the table, one point behind the leaders but with a game in hand and they will be looking to come away from this game with their title hopes still alive. Art Deco have been playing some decent football and if they turn up here with their ‘A’ game they will keep the Oxford defence very busy. Oxford have been scoring goals but the amount they are conceding has really let them down and they need to get organised at the back if they are to have a chance. Art Deco should win.