Bannsiders and Lurgan Blues prepare for top-two clash at Mourneview

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The top two are set for a showdown in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday.

Second-placed Glenavon host league leaders Coleraine.

The Bannsiders are eight points clear of their rivals, but Gary Hamilton's men have a game in hand.

Keeper Jonny Tuffey says the Lurgan Blues go into Saturday's match confident they can get a victory.

The Stripes had a 4-2 win in the reverse fixture in September and remain unbeaten in their 13 league games.

But captain David Ogilby says the County Armagh clash will be one of their most difficult matches of the season.


Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney wants his players to ignore the pre-match hype.


If Glenavon slip up, Crusaders could replace them in second spot with a win against Ards in Bangor.

The north Down side are fresh from a County Antrim Shield victory at Linfield and Seaview skipper Colin Coates says they'll be hard to beat.



Basement side Ballinamallard are at home to Linfield and Mallards manager Gavin Dykes is expecting a backlash from David Healy's team, who've lost five of their last seven games in all competitions.


In the other fixtures, Cliftonville welcome Carrick Rangers and Dungannon go to Warrenpoint Town.

They all start at 3pm.

Glentoran have Ballymena at the Oval in the Sky match on Monday night.

Meanwhile, local football heroes from the recent past will be involved in a special charity game at Shamrock Park tonight with proceeds helping Waringstown 12-year-old Cameron Truesdale, who is currently receiving treatment in Mexico..

The Irish League Legends managed by David Jeffrey will face a Cure4Cam XI under the watchful eye of Jonny Tuffey.

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