Youthie and Colby in promotion ‘six-pointer’

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THERE are a couple a massive games involving teams from the second division taking place this weekend.

In one of the early kick-offs on Saturday afternoon, Michael and Ayre battle it out for a place in the final of the GH Corlett Woods Cup before an even bigger game takes place half an hour later when Colby travel to RYCOB in a contest which could have potentially huge ramifications on the race for promotion.

Current league leaders Michael will be favourites to progress to the final of the annual Division Two cup competition having already completed a double over Ayre in the league this season.

However, while the Tangerines are some 13 points behing the westerners in the table, they have more than enough talent in their squad to cause the Balleira Road outfit plenty of problems so an intriguing game should be in store.

Also vying for a place in the final are Pulrose and Ronaldsway who go head-to-head at Springfield Road. The two teams are currently languishing near the foot of the table but have belied their league form in the cups, Pully having knocked out Douglas Royal and Foxdale while the Rockets have dumped Onchan and Douglas Athletic out in style.

The sides are level on points in the table and have both defeated each other this season so all signs point to a very close game and home advantage for Pulrose may prove crucial on the day.

There is no doubting the big game in JCK Division Two as the sides currently lying second and third in table, RYCOB and Colby respectively, go face-to-face at Scoill Ree Gorree.

Youthie are second, a point behind Michael at the top and two ahead of Colby but crucially having played a game more than the southerners.

Nick Leece’s Colby won the reverse fixture at home in September 2-1 thanks to Adam Fretwell’s double. Saturday’s game is likely to be even closer and really could go either way as the race for a place in the top two hots up.

Elsewhere in JCK Division Two, Douglas Royal will be hoping to close the gap on Colby with a win at Douglas and District but D&D have been in good form of late and could well edge this one in a bid to move into the top half of the table.

Two of the teams who are currently just three points above of D&D go head-to-head when Braddan visit Foxdale while bottom side Malew will be hoping to record a third successive victory to move off the foot of the table when they host Douglas Athletic at Clagh Vane.

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