Friars: 'It will go down to the wire'

Friars delighted to win first trophy as manager

Sean Friars has challenged his players to maintain their good run of form as they entertain Ballyclare Comrades this weekend. Another three points will go a long way in a bid to avoid relegation.

Jonathan McNabb


Jonathan McNabb


LIMAVADY United manager Sean Friars believes the relegation battle in the Bluefin Sport Championship will go ‘right down to the wire’ as the Roesiders aim to retain their Championship status next season.

United have won four out of their last six games in all competitions and have given themselves a realistic chance of avoiding the drop.

The recent good run of form has given  the Roesiders supporters genuine hope that they can avoid the drop with four games left. The statistics are intriguing, with four sides arguably still at risk.

Of these, Knockbreda seem safest, on 33 points, with a goal difference of minus 13. In 2019 they have played eight games, with a record of won 2, drew 3, lost 3, goals for 12 and goals against 13, bringing them 9 points. Two of those defeats came at the hands of Sean Friars’ team, and they are due to visit Rathmore Road on the last day of the regular season.

Next in the table, in tenth place, come Dergview, who seemed dead and buried in December, but they overhauled United with an impressive run in 2019 of W5 D1 L1, goals for 13 and goals against 3, garnering 16 points. However United brought that good run to an end two weeks ago.

United may be bottom, but their form has improved since a disastrous December, with ten points coming in 2019 from a record of W3 D1 L 3 F9 A 13.

Now only three points above United are the P.S.N.I. who have only taken five points in 2019, winning 1, drawing 2, and losing 6 games, scoring 12 times but conceding 22. United have a crunch meeting with them at New Forge on April 13th.

However, after this weekend’s clash against Ballyclare Comrades, the Roesiders are going to have to improve their form against the remaining three teams if they are to remain in the division.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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