Irish League title goes down to the wire

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Just two points separates the two top teams going into the final weekend of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Linfield sit on 86 points, while Crusaders, who with nine games left were nine points clear, now trail on 84. The Blues vastly superior goal difference, though, means a draw will be enough to secure a first league title since 2012.

Newly-crowned Ulster Footballer of the Year, Jamie Mulgrew, who has made almost 500 appearances for the Windsor Park side, spoke to UTV's Simon McIntyre and told him a five year wait for league title was too long for a club of Linfield's stature.

Crusaders meanwhile must beat Glenavon at Seaview on Saturday to have a chance of a third straight Gibson Cup triumph.

Their manager Stephen Baxter told UTV sports correspondent Ruth Gorman that even when his side led the table by 9 points, he knew it would be a close-run finale.