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Half way to the top

As a player, coach and manager Paul Kirk has been there and done it. Now as a BBC analyst the former Lisburn Distillery boss is ideally placed to present a half term report on the race for the Carling Premiership.

Before a ball was kicked in anger I praised the efforts of the Irish League teams in Europe.

Cliftonville, Linfield, Portadown and Glentoran all did their clubs proud which prompted me to suggest they would be the teams flying high this season.

With 19 games played and another 14 to go before ‘the cut’ only three of the four have lived up to my expectations.

Linfield top the table, Glentoran are second and Cliftonville fourth. Sadly Portadown have fallen by the wayside. Crusaders have sandwiched themselves between the Big Two in third place and the rest as they say are nowhere.

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