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Duns and Loughgall will clash as unlikely leaders


By Steven Beacom

When the Bluefin Sport Championship campaign began, the favourites to go up were Portadown, Ards, Newry City and Irish Cup finalists Ballinamallard.

It may still turn out like that, but right now Dundela and Loughgall are the top dogs four games into the new season.

They remain the only unbeaten sides left in the division, however that could all change tomorrow when they meet at Lakeview Park. A draw would keep the Duns in first place on goal difference.

Last time out Loughgall were 4-1 victors away to PSNI, who are yet to pick up a point, while Dundela drew 1-1 with Newry City.

Third-placed Portadown have claimed two victories out of four. On each occasion it was a 5-0 win for Matthew Tipton's men, though whether they can do the same to Harland & Wolff Welders at Shamrock Park remains to be seen.

After an impressive start, Warren Feeney's Ards have slipped up in recent games but will be confident they can get back on track away to Knockbreda, while Newry City should be too strong at home to bottom of the heap PSNI.

Ballinamallard hosting Ballyclare is an intriguing contest and Dergview know a victory at Queens would move them into mid-table.

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Bluefin Sport Championship fixtures: Ballinamallard v Ballyclare, Knockbreda v Ards, Loughgall v Dundela, Newry City v PSNI, Portadown v H&W Welders, Queens v Dergview (all 3pm tomorrow)

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