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Everything still up for grabs in tight title race


Portadown boss Ronnie McFall

Portadown boss Ronnie McFall

Portadown boss Ronnie McFall

Right, that's it. I'm not doing the Irish League predictions anymore. It really is a mug's game. I'm picking up my ball and not playing again.

We always knew bottom could beat top in the Danske Bank Premiership but now it's official after Warrenpoint Town's incredible 2-1 victory on Friday night.

Portadown were clearly guilty of complacency and that attitude will not win silverware. Legendary boss Ronnie McFall deserved better.

Barry Gray's side are fighting for their Premiership lives and are not going to respect reputations, particularly at Milltown.

What an opportunity it was for the Ports to go five points clear at the top of the table and apply pressure on their rivals.

Instead, they wasted the chance and a few hours later Linfield, Cliftonville and Crusaders took advantage.

The Linfield v Portadown game on Saturday is now, as former Blues boss David Jeffrey accurately put it, "a real humdinger". The Blues are top of the table! Who would have thought that after Portadown whipped them on the opening day of the season?

Rookie boss Warren Feeney deserves enormous credit. His side may not win the league this season but at least the Blues are where they feel they belong and that's brought some pride back to the club and supporters.

It was no surprise to see champions Cliftonville flex their muscles against Institute and, while ace marksman Joe Gormley stole the show with a second half hat-trick, David McDaid's link up play is making a big impact at Solitude.

The Reds remain my tip for the title. On their day, no-one can live with them.

Crusaders were back on song at Ballymena United. But Colin Coates' late dismissal was madness.

The arrival of striker Stephen O'Flynn will give the Crues more punch up front but they also need to stay solid at the back.

No-one is grabbing this title race by the scruff of the neck… yet.

Belfast Telegraph