AND then there were two.
Champions Strathroy Harps and Irish Junior Cup winners Enniskillen Rangers will lock horns this evening (Thursday) to decide who will lift the Mercer League title.
Up until Tuesday the chase for the Division One crown was a three-horse race however Rangers’ midweek 2-1 win at Killen Rangers – thanks to goals from Christopher Currie and Jarno Glass – means that NFC Kesh can’t now finish top of the pile, irrespective the outcome of this evening’s heavyweight clash.
Harps are top on 55 points, two ahead of Micheal Kerr’s Rangers, while Kesh can still finish on 55, should they defeat Enniskillen Town in their final game, also played tonight.
The bottom line for Harps is that a draw will be suffice to secure a fourth consecutive league title however manager Shane Horisk says he is sending his team out to win the game.
“With nine games left I said that if we won the nine we won the league, that remains the case,” he said.
“Our best form of defence is attack, 100 per cent we go for the win.
“We are on an unbelievable run. We have only been defeated once since October in the league and we have gone something like 11 or 12 on the bounce now.
“We believe in our ability. Whoever wins the league will deserve it come Thursday night. We have certainly been pushed harder this year and it’s now down to the wire. It’s going to be competitive, a great game and it’s going to be great spectacle for everyone.
“These are the days you live for, these are the days that Strathroy Harps strive for.”
The man in the opposite corner to Horisk, Michael Kerr said his players are also looking to the end of season decider.
Following Tuesday evening’s victory – Rangers’ fourth on the bounce – the Enniskillen supremo said, “We never once talked about the Strathroy game, everyone kept asking me about it.
“We couldn’t afford to take our eye off the next game, especially after we drew with Beragh and Magheraveely.
“We had to win four tight games away. It was always a case of one game at a time and we never once mentioned Strathroy until after Tuesday night’s game.
“We are where we wanted to be, in a position to win the league.
“Thursday night is only another league game, it’s another three points, but as we know it’s going to be cup final in that we have no margin for error.
“We are looking forward to it, it’ll be good to be back playing at home. It’s a one-off game, the boys are ready for it and hopefully we can get the right result.”
This evening’s game kicks-off at 7pm.
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Posted: 8:30 am May 24, 2018
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