THE race to claim the last two spots in the Blackburn Construction Services Railway Cup will come to a tense and exciting conclusion this Saturday.
The Canada Life Premier League’s top two, St George’s and Laxey, have already secured their place in for the draw for the competition’s semi-finals, while third-place St Mary’s look set to join them as they require just a point from their two rearranged games.
Sam Kenny’s Saints take on Gymns this weekend in a match that has been already switched to the Bowl because of water-logging at the latter’s Tromode pitch.
This ‘home’ advantage should boost further their hopes of getting the point they need to clinch a cup spot.
Who will claim the fourth spot in the Yuletide Jamboree is not as clear cut with western rivals St John’s and Peel still in with a chance of clinching it going into this weekend’s rearranged games.
Peel, who currently edge the Mullen-e-Cloie outfit on goal difference, have the tougher task with a tricky away trip to Glencrutchery Road and pacesetters St George’s.
Geordies, who will start Saturday’s match as favourites, are still without the suspended James McStay, while skipper Sean Quaye is rated as 50-50 after suffering a nasty cut against Castletown.
Peel will need to build on the battling performance that saw them take a point off Laxey last week if they are to reach next weekend’s semis.
St John’s on paper have the easier task as they take on a Marown side rooted to the bottom of the table and that has yet to claim a point so far this season.
The Johnners, who will be boosted by the return from suspension of captain Andy Glover, will start as firm favourites, but as Marown showed against St Mary’s last week, they won’t go down without a fight.
Elsewhere there’s a tantalising game on the cards at Croit Lowey, where Rushen welcome Laxey.
The pressure will be on the Miners, as they need to keep winning or face falling behind Geordies in the title chase.
At the other end of the table, Ramsey could move to within a point of safety if they take the spoils from their trip to Castletown, while Corinthians will be aiming to end a run of five straight defeats when they make the short trip to Union Mills.