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Keeping up the chase

Tom Carlin and his Strabane Athletic team-mates need to beat Newbuildings Utd tomorrow.

STRABANE Athletic boss Eamon Curry said his players will not be throwing in the towel as they bid to win a first ever Northern Ireland Intermediate League title.Curry conceded that curent leaders

Magherafelt Sky Blues were strong favourites to go on and lift the title but he still expects at least one final twist or turn before the honours are handed out.

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That being the case he said his team had to win all six of their remaining games in anticipation of any slip-ups by the Sky Blues who are 10 points clear of Athletic, having played two games more.

This weekend Strabane host Newbuildings United knowing full well that anything less than a victory simply won’t be good enough.

“Admittedly time is running out on us but until it’s mathimatically impossible we’ll not be giving up,” he said.

“The players know that and we need to keep winning in the hope that Magherafelt slip up.

“If they don’t then they deserve to be league champions.

“That said they have four difficult enough games against Dungiven this weekend, Maiden City, Ardstraw and Trojans.

“At the end of the day we have two games in hand. Win them, then all we need is a four-point swing.

“Things can change from week to week but we have to make sure we are in a position to take advantage.

We can only control what we can control and we are capable of winning all six games. By the same token there is no margin for error.”

While second placed Strabane host Newbuildings, a team they drew 0-0 with last month, Ardstraw visit Maiden City in another must-win game.

The ‘Straw men are just two points behind their North Tyrone neighbours Strabane in third and they too feel they still have an outside chance of winning a first ever title.

Manager Ivan Sproule insists his team must secure maximum points if they are to have any chance of finishing top of the pile.

“It’s a long shot for us to win the league from here but I’ve told the lads there is no reason why we can’t go unbeaten from now until the end of the season,” he said.

“We’re unbeaten in seven of our last eight. We have six games left and it’s six cup finals starting this weekend.

“If Maiden City beat us then they are the side most likely to go on and challenge Magherafelt.
“On the other hand a win for us keeps our chances alive.”

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