A win for Ballymena United today at Stangmore Park will all but condemn Dungannon Swifts to a life in the Championship — but the Braidmen won’t be showing too much sympathy.
Roy Walker’s side will be out to make sure that they finish top of Section B and then use the momentum garnered from that to ensure they don’t have to battle at the wrong half of the table again next year.
There’s also the fact that The Sky Blues are coming off the back of a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Newry City in their last home game of the season on Tuesday— a result which helped keep the Bordermen in the top flight.
A response will be demanded.
It’s been a tough old season by the Braid, with many believing at the start of the season that they could be challenging Linfield and Glentoran at the other end of the table.
However, a horrible start to the campaign saw them spend much of the season staving off relegation worries before finally making a rise up the ranks.
Now they will look to take whatever crumb of positivity they can and finishing on top of their section would, at this stage, at least do that.
“We want to finish top of the section,” said Walker. “We went on a bit of a run at one point which almost saw us sneak into the top six but it wasn’t enough so the best we can hope for is to finish in seventh place.”