Irish League relegation D-Day looms

Published Friday, 27 April 2012
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It's the last weekend of the Carling Premiership, and Lisburn Distillery must beat Ballymena United to avoid a relegation play-off.

A tense relegation D-Day is set to take place on Saturday afternoon.

But if Lisburn Distillery defeat Ballymena they will remain in the Premiership as the two other teams in danger of being consigned to the play-off spot - Glenavon and Dungannon - play each other.

"Well I think the pressure is off to a certain extent because the boys know now it's in their own hands," said Sam McFadden, Lisburn Distillery Assistant Manager.

"We don't have to rely on any more results, basically you know it's do or die tomorrow - you know the boys know they have got to go out and try and get the win to keep our status in the Premier League."

Lisburn Distillery Defender Andrew Ferguson said: "Yeah well the main thing we're glad of is the game, you know it is in our own hands.

"You know if we get the three points tomorrow then you know we're safe, we're in the Premiership next year and I think we're looking at that as a positiv,e you know because you know it's in our own hands.

"We've had a few bites of the cherry in that scenario but we just hope tomorrow we can pull out a big performance and get the three points."

Whoever finishes second-from-bottom in the table, will face Championship runners-up Newry City next week in a promotion or relegation play-off.

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