Reds hot shot striker Liam Boyce hoping to win Gibson Cup on Saturday

Reds hot shot striker Liam Boyce hoping to win Gibson Cup on Saturday

ALL roads lead to north Belfast on Saturday where Cliftonville could be crowed Irish League Champions.

And already the red and white bunting and flags is bedecking the streets around the Solitude ground in anticipation of a first championship since 1998.

Hot shot Reds striker Liam Boyce is relishing the chance to clinch the Gibson Cup against the Blues.

It is a sellout game for the Cliftonville fans who want to see their team lift the trophy against arch rivals Linfield.

But only 150 diehard Linfield fans will travel by coach to the ground out of an allocation of 600-800.

The game is live on BBC Radio Ulster with commentary from Joel Taggart with Liam Beckett alongside him to give match analysis.

“Linfield have won six doubles in seven years so it’s good to end their dominance – hopefully we can do that on Saturday,” said Boyce.

“Everyone knows what it means to the club and it feels amazing.”

Cliftonville will also secure the title if challengers Crusaders slip up at home against Coleraine.

Boyce has been a key player for Tommy Breslin’s team, scoring 32 goals in the current campaign.

“There’s been a brilliant atmosphere about the place and when we won last Saturday we were celebrating together with the fans in the social club,” added Boyce.

“We’ve all stuck together and we are a big bunch of mates, just having a laugh, even in training.”

The north Belfast side is chasing a domestic treble, with the League Cup already won and a place in the Irish Cup final secured.

Crusaders go into their Seaview clash against the Bannsiders without banned winger Paul Heatley.

Donegal Celtic’s hopes of avoiding the automatic relegation spot have been hit by a triple suspension blow.

Pat McShane, Paul Bradley and Stephen O’Neill will miss the visit of Ballymena after being banned for comments made on Twitter.

Donegal Celtic have a five-point cushion over basement side Lisburn Distillery, who take on Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

Glentoran midfielder Stephen McAlorum is suspended for the encounter against Ballinamallard Utd at Ferney Park,


• Ballinamallard Utd v Glentoran 15:00

• Cliftonville v Linfield 15:00

• Crusaders v Coleraine 15:00

• Donegal Celtic v Ballymena 15:00

• Glenavon v Lisburn Distillery 15:00

• Portadown v Dungannon S 15:00



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